Congiuntivo Will and Desire in Italian

Italian Grammar Tip

 

In Italian the Congiuntivo (subjunctive tense) is a currently used form. Rather than stating facts, it expresses doubt, possibility, uncertainty, or personal feelings. It can also express emotion, desire, or suggestions. In this post we focus on the expression of will and desire.

Certain verbs that express desire and will like “voglio“, “pretendo“, “desidero“, require the use of the subjunctive.

Look:

  • Io voglio che tu lo mangi. (I want you to eat that)
  • Lei vuole che io le risponda al più presto. (She wants me to reply as soon as possible)
  • Tu non vuoi che questa storia finisca così. (You don’t want this story to end up like that)
  • Io pretendo che loro leggano questo libro. (I want them to read this book)
  • Vostro padre desidera che voi raccontiate la verità. (Your father wants you to tell the truth.)

CONJUGATING REGULAR ITALIAN VERBS IN THE PRESENT SUBJUNCTIVE TENSE

MANGIARELEGGEREFINIRE
iomangileggafinisca
tumangileggafinisca
lui, lei, Leimangileggafinisca
noimangiamoleggiamofiniamo
voimangiateleggiatefiniate
loro, Loromanginolegganofiniscano

 

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