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Past tense in Italian – “L’imperfetto”

Let’s start with some regular verbs: abitare (to live), avere (to have) and aprire (to open). abit-are av-ere apr-ire abitavo avevo aprivo abitavi avevi aprivi abitava aveva apriva abitavamo avevamo aprivamo abitavate avevate aprivate abitavano avevano aprivano   And some irregular’s: essere (to be), fare (to do), dire (to say), bere (to drink), porre (to put) and tradurre (to translate). […]

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Italian nouns: gender and number

In Italian every noun has a gender (masculine or feminine) and a number (singular or plural). Almost every Italian noun ends with a vowel except some nouns, which come from other languages, and can finish with a consonant. Usually: Nouns ending in -o are masculine (m.): prosciutto (ham), ragazzo (boy), armadio (wardrobe), treno (train), tavolo (table), gelato (ice cream), orologio […]

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