1. Education
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Present Perfect Tense

Passato Prossimo in Italian

By

The passato prossimo—grammatically referred to as the present perfect—is a compound tense (tempo composto) that expresses a fact or action that happened in the recent past or that occurred long ago but still has ties to the present.

Here are a few examples of how the passato prossimo appears in Italian:

Ho appena chiamato. (I just called.)
Mi sono iscritto all'università quattro anni fa. (I entered the university four years ago.)
Questa mattina sono uscito presto. (This morning I left early.)
Il Petrarca ha scritto sonetti immortali. (Petrarca wrote enduring sonnets.)

The following table lists some adverbial expressions that are often used with the passato prossimo:

COMMON ADVERBIAL EXPRESSIONS OFTEN USED WITH THE PASSATO PROSSIMO

ieriyesterday
ieri pomeriggioyesterday afternoon
ieri seralast night
il mese scorsolast month
l'altro giornothe other day
stamanithis morning
tre giorni fathree days ago
  1. About.com
  2. Education
  3. Italian Language
  4. Grammar
  5. Verbs
  6. Italian Present Perfect Tense - Passato Prossimo

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.