Italian Past

This is a list of verbs in the past tense in Italian. First let's start with the raw format before conjugating the verbs to the past form. Make sure to compare this table and the one below it.

To see: Vedere
To write: Scrivere
To love: Amare
To give: Dare
To play: Giocare (or) Suonare (or) Recitare
To read: Leggere
To understand: Capire
To have: Avere
To know: Sapere
To learn: Imparare
To think: Pensare
To work: Lavorare
To speak: Parlare
To drive: Guidare
To smile: Sorridere
To find: Trovare

These samples show how the verbs above are conjugated in the past tense in a sentence which includes all the object pronouns (I, you, she...).

I saw you: Ti ho visto / Ti vidi
I wrote with a pen: Ho scritto con una penna / Scrissi con una penna
You loved apples: Ti piacevano le mele
You gave money: Hai dato del denaro / Desti del denaro
You played tennis: Giocavi a tennis
He read (past) a book: Leggeva un libro / ha letto un libro (he finished it)
He understood me: Lui mi capiva / Lui mi ha capito
She had a cat: Lei aveva un gatto
She knew my friend: Lei conosceva il mio amico
We wanted to learn: Volevamo imparare
We thought Spanish is easy: Pensavamo che lo spagnolo fosse facile
You (plural) worked here: Voi avete lavorato qui / Voi lavoravate qui
You (plural) spoke French: Voi avete parlato Francese / Voi parlavaste francese
They drove a car: Loro guidavano una macchina
They smiled: Essi sorrisero

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