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To Be Or To Be? Posted by on Jun 18, 2015

Stare or essere? …. that is the question … so often asked by students of Italian. If English is your mother tongue, the concept of two different verbs both meaning ‘to be’ can be pretty confusing. We’ve already covered this topic in depth here. But today I’m going to focus on an important, but easily…

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Using Essere and Stare in the Past Tense Posted by on Aug 29, 2014

Recently I received a comment from a reader asking about the correct use of the imperfect and present perfect of essere and stare. Here is my reply: Firstly, if you want to revise the difference between essere and stare, you can read THIS BLOG. Now let’s have a look at their use in the imperfetto…

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Essere o Stare? Posted by on Jan 29, 2009

I recently received an e-mail from a reader asking if I could explain the difference between essere and stare and how they are used. I got out my faithful Vocabolario della Lingua Italiana Treccani and … oh povera me! (poor me!) Under the entry stare there are 5 columns of information and for essere? well…

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