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

PRONOUN ESSERE TO BE STARE TO STAY
Io sono I am sto I stay
Tu sei you are stai you stay
Lui, lei è he/she/it is sta he/she/it stays
Noi siamo we are stiamo we stay
Voi siete you are state you stay
Loro sono they are stanno they 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):

PRONOUN ESSERE TO BE STARE TO STAY
Io sono stato I have been sono stato I stayed
Tu sei stato you’ve been sei stato you stayed
Lui, lei è stato he/she/it has been è stato he/she/it stayed
Noi siamo stati we have been siamo stati we stayed
Voi siete stato you have been siete stato you stayed
Loro sono stato they have been sono stato they stayed

The Future Tense

PRONOUN ESSERE TO BE STARE TO STAY
Io sarò I will be starò I will stay
Tu sarai you are starai you will stay
Lui, lei sarà he/she/it is starà he/she/it will stays
Noi saremo we are staremo we will stay
Voi sarete you are starete you will stay
Loro saranno they are staranno they will stay

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