We can use many different verb forms to talk about the past in Italian. In this advanced lesson we focus on the passato prossimo and the trapassato prossimo.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The passato prossimo is used to talk about the past in general, about something that happened or that we did.
  • The trapassato prossimo is used to talk about something that happened far back in the past, often in the context of other actions in the past.

Three Action Steps

  • Listen to the Italian lesson with the player above, on Apple Podcasts, or on Spotify.
  • Download this episode’s printable guide. You can find it here.
  • Take the instant-score quiz below to test your understanding of the lesson.

Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #1: Essere or Avere with the Passato Prossimo?
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #60: Opposite Italian Verbs.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Irregular Past Participles Learning Map, a guide summarizing the most common irregular past participles in Italian.

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