Grammar Lesson 95:

The Italian verb: the three conjugations

In Italian, verbs are divided in three classes (conjugations), according to their ending in the infinitive form: verbs in -are, -ere, -ire.

Mangiare / To eat —> 1st conjugation
Temere / To fear —> 2nd conjugation
Partire / To leave —> 3rd conjugation
All verbs belonging to each conjugation – except for the so-called irregular verbs – follow a specific pattern of inflection (an inflectional paradigm).

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