List of common Italian verbs

A list of common Italian verbs can be very useful if you are learning Italian, as they are essential in order to formulate sentences and express yourself. Italian verbs can be divided into three groups, depending on the last syllable of the infinitive verb ‘-are’, ‘-ere’ or ‘-ire’ and can be regular or irregular.

 regular and irregular Italian verbsThe list below will help you to memorise some of the most commonly used Italian verbs, but  if you would also like to put them into practice with a native Italian tutor’s help, you can do so very easily through one of our Italian courses.

Two very important verbs that all Italian learners need to know are ESSERE(= ‘to be’) and AVERE(= ‘to have’) which are very common because they are also used as auxiliary verbs in perfect tenses.

Another basic Italian verb is FARE which is an irregular verb, used in many different situations in the Italian language and translated in several ways into English. These are just some few examples:

  • fare colazione = to have breakfast
  • fare una domanda= to ask a question
  • fare una foto = to take a picture
  • fare una passeggiata = to have a walk
  • fare la spesa = to do the shopping

You can find other important verbs with their English translation in the list of common Italian verbs below. As you can see, many verbs are related to actions of daily life. If you want to know how to conjugate them, you can easily do that through some online pages like ItalianVerbs

  • andare = to go
  • aprire = to open
  • arrivare = to arrive
  • ascoltare = to listen
  • bere = to drink
  • capire = to understand
  • chiedere = to ask
  • cominciare = to start
  • comprare = to buy
  • conoscere = to know (sb/smth)
  • correre = to run
  • credere = to believe
  • cucinare = to cook
  • dare = to give
  • dire = to say
  • dormire = to sleep
  • dovere = must (modal verb)
  • entrare = to enter
  • finire = to finish
  • imparare = to learn
  • iniziare = to start
  • invitare = to invite
  • finire = to finish
  • lavorare = to work
  • lavare = to wash
  • leggere = to read
  • mangiare = to eat
  • morire = to die
  • nascere = to be born
  • pagare = to pay
  • parlare = to speak
  • partire = to leave
  • pensare = to think
  • potere = to be able/can (modal verb)
  • sapere = to know (information)
  • scrivere = to write
  • studiare = to study
  • tornare = to come back
  • uscire = to go out
  • vedere = to see
  • venire = to come
  • vivere = to live

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