In this episode, we learn about the two main types of past tense in Italian: “passato prossimo” and “imperfetto”. These tenses are not interchangeable, and in this lesson we cover when to use one or the other.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The “passato prossimo” is mostly used for actions or events that are finished in the past.
  • The “imperfetto” is mostly used for repetitive actions or events 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 #108: How to Use the Word Molto 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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