Il verbo “avere”

The verb to have

Consider the conjugation of the verb avere:

(io) ho (noi) abbiamo
(tu) hai (voi) avete
(lui, lei, Lei) ha (loro) hanno

In many idiomatic expressions, Italian and English express the same concepts with two different verbs: avere in Italian and to be in English. Ho fame (literally, I have hunger) = I am hungry.

avere x anni

avere fame

avere sete

avere caldo

avere freddo

avere paura di

avere ragione

avere torto

avere fretta

avere sonno

to be x years old

to be hungry

to be thirsty

to be hot

to be cold

to be afraid of

to be right

to be wrong

to be in a hurry

to be tired or sleepy

Here are a few more expressions with the verb avere:

avere voglia di

avere bisogno di

avere a che fare con

avere tempo

avere intenzione di

to want (to feel like)

to need

to have to do with

to have time

to intend to


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