-ire

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See also: ire and -iré

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin -īre.

Suffix[edit]

-ire

  1. Used, with a stem, to form the infinitive of some Italian verbs

Usage notes[edit]

  • There are two groups of regular -ire verbs, one of which inserts isc between the stem and ending in the present tenses and in the imperative. these form the great majority of regular -ire verbs
  • See finire and dormire as examples of the conjugation of -ire verbs do and do not insert isc respectively
  • -ire verbs that do not insert isc
  • -ire verbs that can be used with or without insertion of isc
  • Irregular -ire verbs

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References[edit]

  • Italian Grammar Handbook, Aust, D., 1994, Berlitz Publishing Co., Ltd.