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Being an Italian Verb
Stare literally means "to stay," but it’s also one of two Italian verbs that can mean "to be"* when talking about
|Come stai, Nico?||How are you, Nico?|
|Sto bene, grazie.||I’m fine, thanks.|
2) Permanent or habitual location
|L’Italia sta in Europa.||Italy is in Europe.|
|Stai sempre al computer!||You’re always at the computer!|
Stare is also used with the gerund to form progressive tenses (lessons coming soon).
Stare present tense conjugations
Stare is an irregular –are verb:
* The other is essere. We’ll compare the two in detail in a future lesson.