-orre Verbs

Irregular Italian verbs
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Verbi irregolari con -orre

Italian has about 20 verbs with an irregular infinitive that ends in –orre, a contraction of the original infinitive ending –onere. Many conjugations for these verbs are based on that original infinitive.

apporre   to affix
comporre   to compose
deporre   to depose
disporre   to arrange
esporre   to expose
giustapporre   to juxtapose
imporre   to impose
opporre   to oppose
porre   to put, place
posporre   to postpone
proporre   to propose
predisporre   to predispose
presupporre   to presuppose
ricomporre   to recompose
riproporre   to reintroduce
riporre   to restore
sovrapporre   to superimpose
supporre   to suppose
sottoporre   to submit
sovraesporre   to overexpose
trasporre   to transpose

How to conjugate –orre verbs

For the present tense, remove –orre and then add one of the following verb endings:*

Singular          Plural
1st person     io -ongo   noi  -oniamo
2nd person tu -oni   voi -onete
3rd person lui -one   loro -ongono

Per esempio…

PORRE Singular          Plural
1st person    io pongo   noi  poniamo
2nd person tu poni   voi ponete
3rd person lui pone   loro pongono

 * Another way to look at these conjugations, especially if you love grammar and etymology, is to figure out the original infinitive (e.g., porre ponere), then remove –ere and add the following endings, most of which are the same as regular –ere verb endings:

Singular          Plural
1st person     io -go   noi  -iamo
2nd person tu -i   voi -ete
3rd person lui -e   loro -gono

The end result is the same but the logic of the conjugations is more evident. 🙂

Also see arre verbs and  urre verbs.

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