When using compound tenses in Italian, like the “passato prossimo”, we have to choose between the verbs “essere” and “avere”. In this lesson, we learn fifteen Italian verbs that only use the verb “essere”.

Two Main Takeaways

  • Most verbs in Italian use the verb “avere” in compound tenses, like the “passato prossimo”.
  • In most cases, verbs that indicate movement, for example “andare” and “arrivare”, always use the verb “essere”.

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 #34: Verbs That Use Both “Essere” and “Avere”.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Italian Verb Blueprint, a guide for conjugating all regular Italian verbs.

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