Verbo Presente - Present Tense Continued
In the first lesson on the present tense of Italian verbs, we learned the conjugations for verbs ending in -are, -ere and -ire. Of the three, -ire stands out in that it has two different sets of ending for the present tense. We've learned the first set, which follows the same pattern as the -are and -ere verbs. The second pattern adds "isc" to the "io", "tu", "lui / lei" and "loro" conjugations. Take a look at the table below to see the pattern.
|Capire (to understand)|
|lui / lei||cap-||isce||cap-isce|
Unfortunately, there isn't a trick to knowing which -ire verbs take the "isc" ending, but you will pick up a feel for when to use it the more you speak. To get started, here are some common verbs that take the "isc" ending.
|Common isc verbs|
|finire||to finish||preferire||to prefer|
|pulire||to clean||costruire||to build|
|spedire||to send||finire||to finish|
Lets practice what you learned. Click the white area of the screen below, and you will see a pronoun and verb popup above the white area. Your goal is to stop the press from crushing the Vespa by selecting the appropriate verb ending. Every correct answer will move the press up, giving you more time. Every incorrect answer will move the press down faster. Good luck!
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