Phrasal verbs are verbs combined with an adverb or a preposition. Italian has fewer phrasal verbs compared to English. In this lesson we cover twelve common phrasal verbs.

Two Main Takeaways

  • Two common phrasal verbs with “portare” are: “portare via” which means “to take away”, and “portare avanti” in English “to continue”.
  • Four common phrasal verbs with “mettere” are: “mettere dentro” which means “to arrest”, “mettere sotto” in English “to run over”, “mettere via” in English “to set aside”, and “mettere su” which means “to put on”.

Three Action Steps

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Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #14: How to Conjugate Verbs in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #52: Modal Verbs in Italian.
  • 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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