Infinitives are verbs in their most basic form, ending in “-are”, “-ere”, and “-ire”. We can use an infinitive to express a doubt, an order, for prohibition, and after prepositions. Learn the seven main uses of the infinitive in this lesson.

Two Main Takeaways

  • Infinitives are often used with modal verbs. For example with the modal verb “volere”: “Voglio uscire” means “I want to go out”.
  • Infinitives are also used after specific adverbs, including: “senza”, “dopo”, and “prima di”.

Three Action Steps

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Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #21: How to Build Sentences in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #18: The Verb Fare: Meaning and Uses.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Italian Verb Blueprint, a guide for conjugating all regular Italian verbs.

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