In this lesson we learn how to use the gerund. In English, this verb form ends in “-ing”. For example: reading, going, and speaking. In Italian, the gerund doesn’t change as other verb forms do, and that helps us!

Two Main Takeaways

  • The gerund in Italian has only two endings: “-ando” and “-endo”. For example: mangiando, bevendo, and sentendo. This verb form doesn’t change based on gender or number.
  • It’s mostly used to talk about continuous tenses in the past, present, or future. When used in continuous tenses, we need to use the verb “stare” along with the gerund.

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 #52: Modal Verbs in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #33: Reflexive Verbs in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Italian Verb Blueprint, a guide for conjugating all regular Italian verbs.

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