BASIC VERBS HELP!
I am starting to learn Italian but am ready struggling to understand verbs in terms of tenses. For instance to write: what is the difference between scrivete, scrivono, scriviamo and scrive? i am also having the same trouble with verbs such as to eat and to read! Any help is appreciated!
These are not tenses, they are conjugations of the present tense. Other tenses like past and future are not covered until later in the course.
All verbs in the infinitive (which is the way you normally find a verb in the dictionary) end in either are, ere, or ire. These endings change according to who the subject of the verb is. To understand the conjugation of regular present tense verbs,
if the the subject is first person i.e. io the last 3 characters of the infinitive are replaced by the letter o e.g.
Parlare = parlo, scrivere = scrivo
If the subject is second person or tu (you informal) the ending is i e.g.
Parlare = parli, scrivere = scrivi.
For third person, he/she/it or you formal, the ending is a for are verbs and e for ere and ire verbs. E.g.
Parlare = parla, scrivere = scrive.
For first person (plural), we, the ending is replaced by iamo e.g.
Parlare = parliamo, scrivere = scriviamo
For second person (plural) you all, the ending is replace by ate or ete e.g Parlare= parlate, scrivere= scrivete
For third person plural they, the ending is replaced by ano or ono e.g.
Parlare=parlano, scrivere= scrivono
Iregular verbs do not follow this pattern so you just have to learn each on separately.