The tenses of the Italian indicativo mood “indicate”, a real situation. Let’s describe and understand them with some examples.
We can simplify and say that the indicativo is the mood of reality; the congiuntivo is the mood of possibility, uncertainty and opinion; the condizionale is the mood of possibility under a certain condition; the imperativo is the mood of command.
Other moods like the infinito, participio and gerundio are “indefinite”, because they do not refer to any particular subjects or pronouns. The participio can be singular or plural, masculine or feminine but only in accordance with other elements of a sentence. These three are “nominal” verbs, meaning that they can be also used as nouns or adjectives:
- Viaggiare è meraviglioso.
- Lo studente è stato bravissimo.
- Claudio è laureando in lingue.
I will go deeper into details with other blogs.
Today we’ll just see the indicativo, which includes the most common and important set of rules regarding Italian verbs.
The tenses of the indicativo can be semplici (simple) or composti (compound).
I hope this recap will be useful for organizing your studies. Please feel free to ask questions and try the quiz. Alla prossima!