Regular -are Verbs

Verbi regolari della prima coniugazione

Regular -are verbs
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The largest category of regular Italian verbs are those that end in are. To conjugate them, remove the infinitive ending and then add one of the following verb endings:

Singular          Plural
1st person     io -o   noi  -iamo
2nd person tu -i   voi -ate
3rd person lui -a   loro -ano

Thus to conjugate parlare, you’ll remove the infinitive ending are to find the radical parl– and then add the appropriate endings:

PARLARE   Singular   Plural
1st person      io parlo   noi  parliamo
2nd person   tu parli   voi parlate
3rd person   lui parla   loro parlano

Common regular -are verbs

abitare   to live, inhabit
aiutare   to help
amare   to love
arrivare   to arrive
ascoltare   to listen to
aspettare   to wait for
baciare*   to kiss
bastare   to suffice, be enough
camminare   to walk
cantare   to sing
causare   to cause
cenare   to have dinner
chiamare   to call
cominciare*   to begin, start
comprare   to buy
conservare   to conserve, keep
considerare   to consider
consigliare   to advise
costare   to cost
cucinare   to cook
curare   to take care of, treat
disegnare*   to draw
diventare   to become
dubitare   to doubt
entrare   to enter
evitare   to avoid
fumare   to smoke
guardare   to watch, look
guidare   to drive
imparare   to learn
incontrare   to meet, encounter
indossare   to wear, put on
insegnare*   to teach
lamentare   to complain
lasciare*   to leave
lavare   to wash
lavorare   to work
mangiare*   to eat
nuotare   to swim
ordinare   to organize, sort, put in order
parlare   to speak
passare   to pass, go by; to drop in; to spend time
pensare   to think
portare   to take, bring
pranzare   to have lunch
prenotare   to book, reserve
provare   to try
restare   to stay, remain
ricordare   to remember
salutare   to greet, say hello
salvare   to save
sbagliare   to make a mistake, be wrong
sperare   to hope
studiare   to study
tagliare   to cut
tornare   to return, go back
trovare   to find
viaggiare*   to travel
visitare   to visit

  The vast majority of verbs that end in –are follow this pattern; there are only four exceptions.

* These verbs have slight spelling changes in certain conjugations which will be explained in a future lesson.

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Regular Italian verbs -are