ITALIAN VERBS: pronouncing COMPRARE – Imperfetto – Statements

By Manu Venditti | Advanced

Jan 07

This is Lesson 9 of a Series, all focusing on the verb COMPRARE.


We are working with the Imperfetto, the past tense we use to describe:
– things in the past
– an ongoing action in the past
– habits in the past


To form the Imperfetto of regular verbs, all we do is remove the RE from the verb and attach a series of endings.
– VO (io)
– VI (tu)
-VA (lei/lui)
VAMO (noi)
-VATE (voi)
-VANO (loro)

Using the verb COMPRARE (to buy) this would be:

IO COMPRAVO (I used to buy)
TU COMPRAVI (you used to buy)
LEI/LUI COMPRAVA (she/he used to buy)
NOI COMPRAVAMO (we used to buy)
VOI COMPRAVATE (you guys used to buy)
LORO COMPRAVANO (they used to buy)


Here are the sentences I use in this lesson:

1) DA PICCOLO COMPRAVO SEMPRE IL GELATO PER MIA NONNA
(when I was young, I would always buy ice cream for my grandma)

2) DA PICCOLA COMPRAVI SEMPRE LA FRUTTA AL MERCATO
(When you were a little girl you used to always buy fruit at the markets)

3) DA PICCOLO MARCO COMPRAVA SPESSO LE FIGURINE
(When he was a young boy, Marco used to buy stick on cards)

4) QUANDO ABITAVAMO IN ITALIA, COMPRAVAMO LA PIZZA TUTTI I GIORNI
(When we lived in Italy, we used to buy pizza every day)

5) QUANDO ABITAVATE IN ITALIA, COMPRAVATE LA PIZZA TUTTI I GIORNI
(When you lived in Italy, you used to buy pizza every day)

6) DA PICCOLI I MIEI FRATELLI ERANO BUONI
(When they were young, my siblings were good)

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