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A Knowing Italian Verb
The Italian verb sapere usually means "to know." It has irregular conjugations in just about every tense and mood, and a somewhat different meaning in the past.
Sapere = to know a piece of information
|Sai che ora è?||Do you know what time it is?|
|Non so dove sono.||I don’t know where they are.|
Sapere + infinitive
To know how to do something
|So guidare.||I know how to drive.|
|Lui non la sa fare.||He doesn’t know how to do it.|
Sapere + clause
To know, realize
|Non sai cosa stai facendo.||You don’t realize what you’re doing.|
|Sa di avere torto.||He knows that he’s wrong.|
Sapere present tense conjugations
Sapere is an irregular –ere verb:
Sapere has a different meaning in the past tense.
Sapere = to learn, find out
|Finalmente sapevo cosa era successo.||I finally found out what had happened.|
|Che cosa sapevi?||What did you find out?|
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