Congiuntivo Qualified Person Wanted in Italian

Italian Grammar Tip

In Italian the 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, and can be used in adverts and announcements to underline a specific requirement needed. In this post we focus on this particular aspect.

In “wanted” adverts we usually find the verb “cercare” followed by the wanted item. The person who posts the advert could ask for particular requirements: in Italian these requirements are expressed with the Congiuntivo Presente.

Look:

  • Cerco una persona che abbia esperienza. (I look for a person who has previous experience)
  • Cerco degli studenti che siano già stati all’estero. (I look for students who have already been abroad)
  • Cerco una stanza che costi meno di 500 pound al mese. (I look for a room that costs less than 500 pcm)
  • Cerco una ragazza che sappia il russo. (I look for a girl who can speak Russian)
  • Cerco giovani che abbiano una bella presenza. (I look for boys and girls who are good-looking)

CONJUGATING ITALIAN VERBS IN THE PRESENT SUBJUNCTIVE TENSE

ESSEREAVERECOSTARE
iosiaabbiacosti
tusiaabbiacosti
lui, lei, Leisiaabbiacosti
noisiamoabbiamocostiamo
voisiateabbiatecostiate
loro, Lorosianoabbianocostino

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