-urre Verbs

Irregular Italian verbs
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Verbi irregolari con -urre

Italian has a few verbs with an irregular infinitive that ends in –urre, a contraction of the original infinitive ending –ucere. Many conjugations for these verbs are based on that original infinitive.

addurre to add on
condurre to conduct, lead
dedurre to deduct
indurre to induce
introdurre to introduce, insert
produrre to produce
ridurre to reduce
sedurre to seduce
tradurre to translate

How to conjugate –urre verbs

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

Singular          Plural
1st person     io -uco   noi  -uciamo
2nd person tu -uci   voi -ucete
3rd person lui -uce   loro -ucono

Per esempio…

TRADURRE Singular          Plural
1st person    io traduco   noi  traduciamo
2nd person tu traduci   voi traducete
3rd person lui traduce   loro traducono

 * Another way to look at these conjugations, especially if you love grammar and etymology, is to figure out the original infinitive (e.g., tradurre traducere), then remove –ere and add the regular –ere verb endings:

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

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

Also see orre verbs.

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Italian irregular verbs