The verb avere – which is to have in English – is one of the most important verbs of Italian language. In this Italian grammar lesson, we are going to learn how to use the verb to have in order to make perfect Italian sentences. This verb can be used to express possession, but it can also be used as an auxiliary verb. Let’s discover how to use avere correctly!
Conjugation of avere
First of all, it is necessary learning the conjugation of avere. Here you can read the conjugation of the present tense, the first you need to learn:
The present tense can be used to express possession at the present, but also for the conjugation of past tense.
Pronunciation of avere
Most of Italian avere is written with H at the beginning, only we and you at the plural don’t have the h. As for the pronunciation, h is silent and so we don’t have to worry about it!
This letter is fundamental in the written form of the verb, because without the h the words have different meanings:
- Ho is I have – O is or
- Hai is You have – Ai is To the
- Ha is He/she has – A is At/To
- Hanno is They have – Anno is Year
Some examples with the verb avere
Let’s see some examples with the verb avere. We have understood that present tense can be use both for possession and for conjugation of past.
We can say “I have a car” with the Italian sentence “Io ho una macchina”, but we can also say “I have bought a car” with the Italian sentence “Io ho comprato una macchina”. In the first sentence the verb ho is used to express possession, in the second sentence the same verb is used as an auxiliary to create past tense.
In Italian language there are some differences from English. For example, in English we say “I am hungry”, instead in Italian we have to use avere in this case and so we have to say “Io ho fame”.
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