Italian ere verbs lesson

Mastering Italian Ere Verbs: A Comprehensive Guide for English Speakers

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Let me remind you that in the Italian grammar there are 3 verb conjugations: those ending in are, verbs ending in ere, and lastly those that finish in ire.

We’ve already looked at the are verbs (verbs in the first conjugation), which make up the majority of Italian verbs. You can read the Are Verbs Lesson here. 

Today, we’ll focus on the second conjugation. Let’s do it.




Italian Verbs Ending In Ere

There are just over 500 verbs in the Italian language that have the -ere ending (second conjugation), compared to 4000 for the -are verbs (first conjugation).

Around half of those 500 verbs ending in -ere follow the regular conjugation model, which we will look at in the next section.

The others only partly follow it, because they change in one of these tenses – Passato Remoto or Participio Passato (Past Participle).



Italian Ere Verbs List

There’s no need for you to learn all the 500 -ere verbs, at least for now. Instead, you should focus on the most common ones (under 200 ere verbs). Below is the list:


Arrendere is an Italian ere verb

Ere Verbs Starting With A

Accadere (to happen)

Accendere (to light)

Accogliere (to welcome)

Accorgersi (to realize)

Adempire (to fulfill)

Affliggere (to afflict)

Aggiungere (to add)

Alludere (to allude)

Ammettere (to admit)

Annettere (to annex)

Appartenere (to belong)

Apprendere (to learn)

Arrendersi (to surrender)

Assistere (to assist)

Assumere (to assume)

Attendere (to wait)

Attenere (to hold)

Attingere (to draw)

Avvalersi (to avail oneself)

Avvolgersi (to wrap)


Starting With B

Battere (to beat)

Bere (to drink)


Ere Verbs Starting With C

Cadere (to fall)

Capovolgere (to overturn)

Cedere (to yield)

Chiedere (to ask)

Chiudere (to close)

Cogliere (to pick)

Coincidere (to coincide)

Coinvolgere (to involve)

Combattere (to fight)

Commettere (to commit)

Commuovere (to move)

Comparire (to appear)

Compiere (to accomplish)

Comporre (to compose)

Comprendere (to understand)

Compromettere (to compromise)

Concedere (to grant)

Concludere (to conclude)

Concorrere (to compete)

Condividere (to share)

Condurre (to lead)

Confondere (to confuse)

Connettere (to connect)

Conoscere (to know)

Consistere (to consist)

Contraddistinguere (to distinguish)

Controbattere (to counter)

Correggere (to correct)

Correre (to run)

Corrispondere (to correspond)

Corrompere (to corrupt)

Costringere (to compel)

Credere (to believe)

Crescere (to grow)

Cuocere (to cook)


Decidere is an Italian ere verb

Ere Verbs Starting With D

Decedere (to die)

Decidere (to decide)

Dedurre (to deduce)

Deludere (to deceive)

Deporre (to deposit)

Deridere (to ridicule)

Descrivere (to describe)

Detenere (to detain)

Detrarre (to deduct)

Dibattere (to debate)

Difendere (to defend)

Diffondere (to spread)

Dimettere (to resign)

Dipendere (to depend)

Dipingere (to paint)

Dirigere (to direct)

Disconnettere (to disconnect)

Discutere (to discuss)

Disperdere (to scatter)

Dispiacere (to displease)

Disporre (to arrange)

Dissuadere (to dissuade)

Distinguere (to distinguish)

Distogliere (to distract)

Distruggere (to destroy)

Dividere (to divide)

Dolere (to hurt)

Dovere (to have to)


Starting With E

Eleggere (to elect)

Emergere (to emerge)

Emettere (to emit)

Equivalere (to equate)

Escludere (to exclude)

Esistere (to exist)

Espandere (to expand)

Espellere (to expel)

Esplodere (to explode)

Esporre (to expose)

Esprimere (to express)

Estendere (to extend)

Estinguere (to extinguish)

Estorcere (to extort)

Estrarre (to extract)

Estromettere (to exclude)

Evadere (to evade)

Evolvere (to evolve)


Ere Verbs Starting With F & G

Fingere (to pretend)

Fondere (to melt)

Fraintendere (to misunderstand)

Friggere (to fry)

Giungere (to arrive)

Godere (to enjoy)


Starting With I

Illudere (to deceive)

Imbattersi (to encounter)

Imporre (to impose)

Inciderere (to incise)

Includere (to include)

Indurre (to induce)

Infliggere (to inflict)

Infrangere (to break)

Insistere (to insist)

Insorgere (to rebel)

Intendere (to intend)

Interporre (to interpose)

Intraprendere (to undertake)

Intrattenere (to entertain)

Intravedere (to glimpse)

Introdurre (to introduce)

Intromettere (to interject)


Leggere is an Italian ere verb

Ere Verbs Starting With L, M, N & O

Leggere (to read)

Manomettere (to tamper)

Mantenere (to maintain)

Mettere (to put)

Mordere (to bite)

Mungere (to milk)

Muovere (to move)

Nascere (to be born)

Occludere (to occlude)

Occorrere (to be necessary)

Offendere (to offend)

Omettere (to omit)

Opporre (to oppose)

Opprimere (to oppress)

Ottenere (to obtain)


Ere Verbs Starting With P

Parere (to seem)

Percorrere (to go through)

Perdere (to lose)

Permanere (to remain)

Permettere (to permit)

Persistere (to persist)

Persuadere (to persuade)

Piacere (to please)

Piangere (to cry)

Piovere (to rain)

Porgere (to offer)

Porre (to place)

Posporre (to postpone)

Possedere (to possess)

Potere (to be able to)

Precedere (to precede)

Precludere (to preclude)

Prediligere (to prefer)

Predisporre (to predispose)

Preludere (to foreshadow)

Premere (to press)

Prendere (to take)

Prescegliere (to preselect)

Prescrivere (to prescribe)

Presiedere (to preside)

Presumere (to presume)

Presupporre (to presuppose)

Pretendere (to pretend)

Prevalere (to prevail)

Prevedere (to foresee)

Procedere (to proceed)

Produrre (to produce)

Promettere (to promise)

Promuovere (to promote)

Proporre (to propose)

Proteggere (to protect)

Provvedere (to provide)


Starting With R

Racchiudere (to enclose)

Raccogliere (to gather)

Raggiungere (to reach)

Reggere (to support)

Rendere (to render)

Reprimere (to repress)

Resistere (to resist)

Respingere (to repel)

Ricevere (to receive)

Richiedere (to require)

Ridere (to laugh)

Rimuovere (to remove)

Ripetere (to repeat)

Rispondere (to answer)

Ritenere (to consider)

Rivolgere (to turn)

Rompere (to break)


Scendere is an Italian ere verb

Starting With S

Sapere (to know)

Sbattere (to beat)

Scadere (to expire)

Scegliere (to choose)

Scendere (to descend)

Scindere (to split)

Sciogliere (to dissolve)

Scommettere (to bet)

Sconfiggere (to defeat)

Sconnettere (to disconnect)

Sconvolgere (to upset)

Scorrere (to flow)

Scrivere (to write)

Scuotere (to shake)

Sedere (to sit)

Sedurre (to seduce)

Smettere (to stop)

Smuovere (to move)

Socchiudere (to half-close)

Soccorere (to help)

Soffriggere (to fry)

Sommergere (to submerge)

Sorgere (to arise)

Sorprendere (to surprise)

Sorridere (to smile)

Sospendere (to suspend)

Sostenere (to sustain)

Sottintendere (to imply)

Sottomettere (to submit)

Sottoporre (to submit)

Sottrarre (to subtract)

Sovrapporre (to superimpose)

Spargere (to spread)

Spegnere (to turn off)

Spendere (to spend)

Spiacere (to displease)

Spingere (to push)

Spremere (to squeeze)

Stendere (to spread)

Stravolgere (to upset)

Succedere (to happen)

Suddividere (to subdivide)

Svolgere (to carry out)


Ere Verbs Starting With T, U, & V

Tacere (to be silent)

Temere (to fear)

Tenere (to hold)

Togliere (to remove)

Tradurre (to translate)

Trarre (to draw)

Trascorrere (to spend)

Trascrivere (to transcribe)

Trasmettere (to transmit)

Trattenere (to withhold)

Travolgere (to overwhelm)

Uccidere (to kill)

Valere (to be worth)

Vedere (to see)

Vendere (to sell)

Vincere (to win)

Vivere (to live)

Volere (to want)

Volgere (to turn)


If you’d still like to see the full list, check out this Italian resource.



Italian Ere Verbs Conjugation

Let’s conjugate the regular verb credere. See the full conjugation below.

Italian Ere Verbs conjugation credere



Italian Ere Verbs Examples

Now that we’ve seen the full conjugation of a regular verb ending in ere, let’s look at several examples of the most used tenses. I will be including examples of these verbs:

Credere (regular)

Bere (irregular)

Vendere (regular)

Mettere (partly irregular)


Presente (Present Tense)

Io bevo un bicchiere d’acqua ogni mattina. (I drink a glass of water every morning.)

Tu non credi alle sue parole. (You don’t believe his words.)

Lui vende automobili usate. (He sells used cars.)

Noi mettiamo i libri sullo scaffale. (We put the books on the shelf.)


Imperfetto (Imperfect)

Da bambino, bevevo molto latte. (As a child, I used to drink a lot of milk.)

Non credevo alle bugie di mia sorella. (I didn’t use to believe my sister’s lies.)

Mio padre vendeva frutta al mercato. (My father used to sell fruit at the market.)

Mettevamo sempre i giocattoli in ordine. (We always used to put the toys in order.)


Futuro (Future) 

Questa sera berrò un bicchiere di vino. (Tonight, I will drink a glass of wine.)

Lui non crederà a quella storia incredibile. (He won’t believe that incredible story.)

Domani venderemo la nostra vecchia auto. (Tomorrow, we will sell our old car.)

Metteranno i nuovi libri in biblioteca. (They will put the new books in the library.)


Passato remoto (Historical Past)

Bevvi un’intera bottiglia d’acqua dopo la corsa. (I drank an entire bottle of water after the run.)

Non credetti alle sue scuse. (I didn’t believe his excuses.)

Vendettero la loro casa l’anno scorso. (They sold their house last year.)

Misero i fiori in vaso il giorno prima. (They put the flowers in a vase the day before.)


Passato prossimo (Present Perfect)

Ho bevuto troppo caffè oggi. (I have drunk too much coffee today.)

Non abbiamo creduto alle sue bugie. (We haven’t believed his lies.)

Hanno venduto la loro azienda. (They have sold their company.)

Avete messo i piatti nella lavastoviglie? (Have you put the dishes in the dishwasher?)


Condizionale (Conditional)

Berrei una limonata se facesse caldo. (I would drink a lemonade if it were hot.)

Crederei alle sue parole se dicesse la verità. (I would believe his words if he told the truth.)

Se ci trasferissimo, venderemmo la nostra casa. (We would sell our house if we moved.)

Metteresti i tuoi libri in ordine? (Would you put your books in order?)



Irregular Ere Verbs In Italian

Out of the 500 Italian verbs ending in ere, only the following are fully irregular:

I have written a full article on a few of these irregular ere verbs. You should check them out, especially Essere & Avere.

PS: Essere & Avere are not just ere verbs. They are also auxiliary verbs used to form complex tenses with the past participle. Knowing these well is fundamental for speaking the Italian language.



Study The Other Italian Verb Endings

If you haven’t already, focus on these important verb lessons next:

Are Verbs

Ire Verbs

Essere Lesson

Avere Lesson


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