Practice Makes Perfect: Italian Verb Tenses [NOOK Book]

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Learn more than conjugation and discover the right verb tenses to use in conversation and in writing

If you are looking for help on memorizing Italian verb conjugations, then any old Italian verb book will do. But if you are interested in acquiring fluency in Italian, you'll need to learn how those fundamental building blocks of language are actually used in the context of everyday speech and writing. And that's where Practice Makes Perfect: ...

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Practice Makes Perfect: Italian Verb Tenses

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Overview

Learn more than conjugation and discover the right verb tenses to use in conversation and in writing

If you are looking for help on memorizing Italian verb conjugations, then any old Italian verb book will do. But if you are interested in acquiring fluency in Italian, you'll need to learn how those fundamental building blocks of language are actually used in the context of everyday speech and writing. And that's where Practice Makes Perfect: Italian Verb Tenses comes in.

Practice Makes Perfect: Italian Verb Tenses goes beyond other verb books to coach you in when and why verb tenses are used. In addition to an array of fully conjugated verbs, you will find clear and concise explanations that pinpoint why specific tenses work in given situations as well as tons of engaging examples and numerous skill-building exercises. Combine those features with the renowned Practice Makes Perfect format and you have the ideal reference/workbook for beginning to intermediate Italian-language learners whose goal is to learn to speak and write Italian with fluency.

Practice Makes Perfect: Italian Verb Tenses gives you:

  • Detailed explanations of when and why to use different verb tenses
  • Plenty of lively examples covering a wide range of topics
  • Numerous engaging exercises
  • Comprehensive verb conjugation tables
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071505963
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 11/23/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Paola Nanni-Tate teaches Italian at The Ohio State University in the adult continuing-education program and is the author of Italian Verb Drills.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
Basic Terminology xi
Unit 1 The Present Tense (Presente Indicativo) 1
Verbs Ending in -are 2
Verbs Ending in -ere 9
Verbs Ending in -ire 14
The Progressive Tense (Gerundio) 20
Essere (to Be) and Avere (to Have) 23
Expressions of Time 30
Fare (to Do, to Make) 32
Sapere and Conoscere (to Know) 34
Suonare and Giocare (to Play) 39
The Modal Verbs Volere (to Want, to Wish), Potere (to Be Able, Can), and Dovere (to Have to, Must) 40
Lasciare, Partire, Uscire, and Andare Via (to Leave) 43
Unit 2 The Imperative (Imperativo) 47
Formal Commands 51
The Imperative with Object Pronouns and Reflexive Pronouns 52
Additional Ways of Using the Imperative 53
Unit 3 Reflexive Verbs (Verbi Riflessivi) 59
Positioning of Reflexive Pronouns 60
Reciprocal Reflexives 62
Reflexive Versus Non-Reflexive 62
Unit 4 The Future Tense (Futuro Semplice) 65
The Future Tense of Essere 71
Unit 5 The Present Perfect Tense (Passato Prossimo) 73
The Present Perfect with Avere 73
The Present Perfect with Essere 80
Unit 6 The Imperfect Tense (Imperfetto) 85
Comparison of the Present Perfect and the Imperfect 90
Unit 7 The Preterite (Passato Remoto) 95
Irregular Verbs in the Preterite 99
The Preterite of Fare 102
The Preterite of Essere and Avere 102
Unit 8 The Past Perfect (Trapassato Prossimo), Preterite Perfect (Trapassato Remoto), and Future Perfect (Futuro Anteriore) 107
The Past Perfect (Trapassato Prossimo) 108
The Preterite Perfect (Trapassato Remoto) 109
The Future Perfect (Futuro Anteriore) 111
Unit 9 The Present Conditional (Condizionale Presente) 115
Unit 10 The Past Conditional (Condizionale Passato) 125
Unit 11 Compound Reflexive Verbs (Verbi Riflessivi Composti) 131
Unit 12 The Subjunctive Mood (Modo Congiuntivo) 135
The Present Subjunctive (Congiuntivo Presente) 136
The Imperfect Subjunctive (Congiuntivo Imperfetto) 149
The Past Subjunctive (Congiuntivo Passato) 154
The Past Perfect Subjunctive (Congiuntivo Trapassato) 158
Unit 13 The Passive Voice (Forma Passiva) 165
Verbs Other than Essere to Express the Passive Voice 165
Alternatives to the Passive Voice 169
Unit 14 Idiomatic Expressions (Espressioni Idiomatiche) 173
Idioms with Avere 173
Idioms with Fare 174
Special Constructions with Fare, Lasciare, Metterci, and Volerci 176
Idioms with Dare 180
Unit 15 Verbs and Expressions Followed by a Preposition 187
Verbs and Expressions Followed by the Preposition a 187
Verbs and Expressions Followed by the Preposition di 191
Verbs Followed by the Preposition su 193
Verbs Followed Directly by the Infinitive 193
Impersonal Verbs 193
Unit 16 General Review of Verbs 197
Verb Tables 213
Glossary of Verbs 221
Answer Key 227
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