IV. Irregular verbs

FARE (basic meaning: to make, to do)2

Present tense: faccio (or fo), fai, fa, facciamo, fate, fanno

Imperfect: facevo, etc.

Past absolute: feci, facesti, fece, facemmo, faceste, fecero

Past participle: fatto

PORRE (basic meaning: to put, to place; to suppose)

Present tense: pongo, poni, pone, poniamo, ponete, pongono

Imperfect: ponevo, etc.

Past absolute: posi, ponesti, pose, ponemmo, poneste, posero

Past participle: posto

Conjugated like porre: comporre (to compose), esporre (to expose), imporre (to impose), proporre (to propose), supporre (to suppose), trasporre (to transpose)

NOTE: Many irregular verbs follow the same pattern as these two in the past absolute; namely, they have one stem for the first, third, and sixth forms, and a different stem for the second, fourth, and fifth forms. To these are added the endings –i, –esti, –e, –emmo, –este, –ero. Avere also follows this same pattern (cf. page 56). These endings are just slightly different from those of the past absolute of second-conjugation regular verbs (cf. page 54).

2 For special uses of fare, see Unit 12, page 99.


VOCABULARY

 *adesso
now
 altezza
height
 *conoscere
to be familiar/acquainted with
 cortile (m.)
courtyard
 *del resto
moreover
 echeggiare
to echo
 gatto
cat
 giocoso
playful
 *lotta
struggle
 marmo
marble
 *nemico
enemy
 pagliaccio
clown
 *piazza
square
 *pronto
ready
 recarsi
to go
 rimangono
remain (3d. pl. pres.,rimanere)
sarebbe
would be (3d. sing.cond., essere)
siano
have (as aux. verb) (3d. pl., essere)
*sommo
great, greatest
soprannominare
to nickname
tema (m.; pl. temi)
theme

 

Last revised on January 30, 2017.