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Italian Present Tense

The present tense is used to talk about things which happen regularly or are happening at the time of speaking.

Examples:

- actions happening at the time of speaking:

La mamma prepara la cena.
Mum is getting dinner ready.

I ragazzi giocano a calcio nel cortile.
The boys are playing football in the yard.

Giulia legge un libro.
Giulia is reading a book.

Ho molto da fare al lavoro.
I have a lot to do at work.

- actions which happen regularly:

Paolo va in palestra tre volte alla settimana.
Paolo goes to the gym three times a week.

Ogni giorno Lidia e Giorgio accompagnano la loro bambina a scuola.
Every day Lidia and Giorgio take their children to school.

Ogni mattina Nadia fa colazione alle nove.
Every day Nadia has breakfast at nine o'clock.

Tutte le domeniche sono a casa di mia mamma.
Every Sunday I am at my mum's house.

The present tense of mangiare, credere, partire.

Mangiare (to eat)

Credere (to believe)

Partire (to leave)

 Io mangio

 Tu mangi

 Lui/Lei mangia

 Noi mangiamo

 Voi mangiate

 Loro mangiano

 Io credo

 Tu credi

 Lui/Lei crede

 Noi crediamo

 Voi credete

 Loro credono

 Io parto

 Tu parti

 Lui/Lei parte

 Noi partiamo

 Voi partite

 Loro partono

The present tense of essere and avere.

Essere (to be)

Avere (to have)

 Io sono

 Tu sei

 Lui/Lei è

 Noi siamo

 Voi siete

 Loro sono

 Io ho

 Tu hai

 Lui/Lei ha

 Noi abbiamo

 Voi avete

 Loro hanno

 

See also:

Irregular verbs in the present tense The present tense of some common irregular verbs

Italian dictations: Il tempo libero The present tense and infinitive form

 

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