Common Italian Verbs: “Essere” &”Stare” – 2 Ways of Saying “To Be” in Italian

common Italian verbsHere are some videos that clearly explain the differences between these 2 very common Italian verbs. Their  meaning is (in general):

Essere = to be


Stare = to stay/to be

But this is their basic meaning, you have to learn how to use them correctly in the videos below: 

The easiest rule of thumb, even if it’s not all is to associate the meaning of “stare” with the English verb “to stay”.

Conjugation of These 2 Common Italian Verbs

The Present Tense

IosonoI amstoI stay
Tuseiyou arestaiyou stay
Lui, leièhe/she/it isstahe/she/it stays
Noisiamowe arestiamowe stay
Voisieteyou arestateyou stay
Lorosonothey arestannothey stay

learn Italian for freeThe Past Tense

As you can see in the table below, the 2 verbs are exactly the same in the most common past tense used in Italian, the “passato prossimo” (simple past tense):

Iosono statoI have beensono statoI stayed
Tusei statoyou’ve beensei statoyou stayed
Lui, leiè statohe/she/it has beenè statohe/she/it stayed
Noisiamo statiwe have beensiamo statiwe stayed
Voisiete statoyou have beensiete statoyou stayed
Lorosono statothey have beensono statothey stayed

The Future Tense

IosaròI will bestaròI will stay
Tusaraiyou arestaraiyou will stay
Lui, leisaràhe/she/it isstaràhe/she/it will stays
Noisaremowe arestaremowe will stay
Voisareteyou arestareteyou will stay
Lorosarannothey arestarannothey will stay

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