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How do you use the verb "stare" in Italian? In particular, talk about the present continuous form.

 The verb " stare" is very common in Italian and it's used to talk about many different things:
1) STATE OF BEING, e.g.How are you? = Come stai?;I'm fine, thanks = Sto bene, grazie
2) TO DESCRIBE HOW SOMEONE LOOKS AND IF THEIR CLOTHES SUIT THEM, e.g.This shirt really suits you = Questa maglietta ti sta proprio bene;You look really good! = Stai proprio bene;

3) TO TALK ABOUT THINGS HAPPENING AT THE MOMENT OF SPEAKING (present continuous)It's formed using the present tense of the verb stare + the gerund (the gerund is formed by dropping the endings of the infinitive and adding the following:
are > -andoere > -endoire > -endo
BE CAREFUL! There are some exceptions of course! Some verbs form the gerund form from the 1st person singular of the present tense:
bevo > bev - endofaccio > fac-endodico > dic-endo
Some examples of the present continuous form in Italian:IO STO LEGGENDO = I'm readingTU STAI CANTANDO = You are singingLORO STANNO CORRENDO = They are running

Answered by Giovanna F. Italian tutor

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