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Category Archives for Grammar

How to Talk About the Past in Italian: A Guide to the Passato Remoto

When you are first learning a foreign language that has different past tenses like Italian, it can be easy to get them all mixed up. In this lesson, we will show you how to use the Italian remote past tense (passato remoto), which refers to events far in the past. You will mostly come across […]

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How to Talk About the Future in Italian: A Guide to the Futuro Semplice

In Italian, the simple future tense (futuro semplice) refers to actions which have yet to happen. Fortunately, it is much simpler than the present and the past, and both its use and conjugations are pretty straightforward. In this lesson we will show you how to conjugate and use the futuro semplice. It is not a hard […]

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The Italian Conditional Mood: a Guide to the Condizionale Presente

One of the four finite moods in Italian, the conditional refers to hypothetical events. The Italian present conditional tense (condizionale presente) expresses what would happen under certain conditions, and roughly corresponds to “would” in English. Would you like to master the condizionale presente and express yourself in a more fluid and flexible way? Here is your guide. Let’s […]

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How to Talk About the Future in Italian: A Guide to the Futuro Anteriore

Although English has a future perfect tense, it is rarely used. For this reason, most English speakers who decide to learn Italian are a little intimidated by the Italian future perfect tense (futuro anteriore).  It is nothing to fear, though, and its rules are pretty straightforward. In this lesson, we will show you how to form, use […]

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How to Talk About the Past in Italian: A Guide to the Trapassato Prossimo

The Italian past perfect (trapassato prossimo) may sound incredibly scary at first – but there’s good news. We use it in a similar way to when you would use the past perfect in English.In this lesson, we will show you how to use the trapassato prossimo in Italian. Once you get the hang of it, […]

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How to Talk About the Past in Italian Using the Imperfetto

Most Italian learners are a little intimidated by the imperfetto, one of the main past tenses in Italian. The imperfect tense (imperfetto) refers to both distant and recent past occurrences that happened on a regular basis.In this lesson, we will show you how to use the imperfetto tense and will give you some tips to […]

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How to Talk About the Past in Italian: A Guide to the Passato Prossimo

Passato prossimo, imperfetto, passato remoto… Unlike in English, there are many different past tenses in Italian and the difference between them can be tricky. The passato prossimo is the main tense used in Italian to describe an action which has been completed in the near past. In this lesson, we will show you how to use […]

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A Quick Guide to Writing a Formal Letter in Italian

How to Write a Formal Letter in ItalianCiao, piacere, and welcome to your handy guide to writing one of those pesky formal letters in Italian! Writing a formal letter in any language – even your own – can be stressful. Add to that the uncertainty of whether or not your grammar is correct, or if you’re […]

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