How I remember pronoun dependent suffixes for verbs in Italian.

I used to struggle with remembering the suffixes on the ends of Italian verbs. So I came up with a way to memorise them. My method of memorising them may not stick with you but it's worth sharing. Just keep in mind that these are only the present suffixes.

In this example I will use the verb bere (drink).

(I/Me - Io - First Person) ...o This one is easy, just get the last letter from Io and put it at the end of the verb. 'Bevo' 'Io bevo'

(You - Tu - Second Person) ...i I remember this by getting the phrase "You and me" or "You and I" and put the I at the end of the verb 'Bevi' 'Tu bevi'

(He/She - Lui/Lei - Third Person) ...e This one is kinda easy too. He and she end in an E so 'Beve' 'Lei beve'

(We/Us - Noi - First Person Plural) ...iamo It took me some time to link this one but I remember it with the "No"-i sounds like ia-"Mo". 'Beviamo' 'Noi beviamo'

(You all - Voi - Second Person Plural) ...ete This one is the most difficult to memorize. When you are talking to a group there are a bunch of he and she's and the third person suffix is E and 2 E's make "ete" 'bevete' 'Voi bevete'

(They/Them - Loro - Third Person Plural) ...ono This one is similar to to Noi and ...iamo but, l-"Oro" sounds like "Ono" 'Bevono' 'Loro bevono'

April 5, 2019


Hmm, interesting. Vocab-wise you can always remember that "uovo" is an egg and not a grape because u see ovo which looks like a bird's beak and it's two eyes from whence comes an egg. Happy learning...

April 5, 2019

I can not unsee the eyes of a bird and a beak now.

April 5, 2019

This is good, yes. Before long it all becomes quite automatic, I'm pleased to say, but a great idea when starting out.

April 5, 2019

Yes, it doesn't take very long to just access them from your long term memory.

April 5, 2019

I'm finding it very useful to create tiny card sets for words that I keep mixing up. I just did one for all the forms of "this" and "that" and "here" and "there". They are remarkably effective.

You may want to make a set for all the verb endings, for each of the regular verb types. Then you could have fun with the common irregular ones.

Then on to different tenses. Oh dear, I've just started down an endless road... :)

April 5, 2019

OMG! Grazie!!!! Grazie!!! Grazie!!! Believe it or not, but this makes such good sense to me and it's also easy for me to remember this... You are a GENIUS, well in my eyes. I can't say it enough, GRAZIE!!!!

April 6, 2019

It's a good scheme!
Anybody needs similar schemes when memorising lists of unfamiliar words or endings, until whatever has been learnt starts being stored in one's own long-term memory out of practice. This makes them come to mind automatically, without the need of a scheme.

April 5, 2019
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