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A Telling Italian Verb
Dire is one of the most common and useful Italian verbs and has irregular conjugations. Dire literally means "to say" or "to tell."
Dire = to say / to tell
Dire can mean either "to say" or "to tell." For English speakers learning Italian, this is easy: you can use dire for either. For Italian speakers learning English, however, it’s a bit more difficult.*
|Ha qualcosa da dire.||She has something to say.|
|Io dico no!||I’m telling you no!|
|Ho detto "ciao" tre volte.||I said "hello" three times.|
|Dicci cosa è successo.||Tell us what happened.|
Dire che = to say (that)
|Dice che possiamo iniziare.||She says (that) we can start.|
|Ha detto che pioverà?||Did he say (that) it was going to rain?|
Dire di + noun = to have an opinion about
|Cosa dite di questa proposta?||What do you think about this proposal?|
|Che ne dici del mio cappello?||How do you like my hat?|
Dire present tense conjugations
Dire is an irregular –ire verb:
* In English
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