Do the Italian verbs “essere” and “esserci” have the same meaning? Not quite! The verb “esserci” uses the particle “ci”, which means “there” in English, and it has specific uses.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The verb “essere” means “to be” in English. It’s used to express our feelings, to talk about nationality, and to indicate location.
  • The verb “esserci” means “to be there” in English. It’s used to talk about the presence of something or someone.

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Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #18: The Verbs “Fare”: Meaning and Uses.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #14: How to Conjugate Verbs in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Italian Verb Blueprint, a guide for conjugating all regular Italian verbs.

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