It’s verbs again this week!

When we looked at the –are verbs, we saw that regular verbs follow a pattern, so now learning about –ere verbs won’t be too bad.

Let’s look at the present tense of vendere – to sell: We start by taking the –ere off, so we are left with vend-. We will add the endings to this. As before, we don’t really need to put the subject pronouns as the endings tell us who is doing the action:

[io] vendo – I sell / am selling
[tu] vendi - you [familiar] sell / are selling
[Lei /lei /lui] vende – You [formal] / she / he sells / are / is selling
[noi] vendiamo - we sell / are selling
[voi] vendete – you sell / are selling
[loro] vendono – they sell / are selling

The stress in the infinitive [the part of the verb that corresponds to the “to” part in English] is on the first syllable in this case – vendere. The stress is on the first syllable of the verb in the first three and the last forms. It is on the third syllable in the noi form and the second in the voi form.

Some –ere verb have the stress on the E of the ending in the infinitive , eg., vedere – to see.

Now see if you can put the right form of the verb in brackets into these sentences:

1.L’Italia _____ [vincere] i mondiali!
2.[Io]_____ [scrivere] una lettera.
3.[Noi] _____ [prendere] il treno.
4.Mio marito _____ [vendere] i cellulari.
5.I ragazzi non _____[rispondere].
6.[Voi] _____ [prendere] il tè, signore?
7.Tu _____ [leggere] il giornale?
8.[Lei] _____[Prendere] un caffè, signora?
9.[Noi] ci _____[vedere] domani.
10.I politici _____ [discutere] la situazione.

Note: Some of these verbs are regular in the present tense but have irregular forms in other tenses.