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Irregular First Conjugation Verbs
Part 2: Andare
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Andare is conjugated as follows:

andare (to go)
vado
vai
va
andiamo
andate
vanno

If the verb andare is followed by another verb (to go dancing, to go eat), the sequence andare + a + infinitive is used. Andare is conjugated, but the second verb is used in the infinitive. Note that it is necessary to use a even if the infinitive is separated from the form of andare.

 Quando andiamo a ballare?   When are we going dancing?
 Chi va in Italia a studiare?   Who's going to Italy to study?

A means of transportation, if indicated with andare, is preceded by in.

andare in aeroplanoto fly
andare in biciclettato ride a bicycle
andare in trenoto go by train
andare in automobile (in macchina)to drive, to go by car

but: andare a piedi   to walk

As a general rule, when andare is followed by the name of a country, the preposition in is used; when it is followed by the name of a city, a is used.

 Vado in Italia, a Roma.   I'm going to Italy, to Rome.

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