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From -er- + -ei.

The Italian conditional mood stems from a Vulgar Latin periphrastic verb form consisting of infinitive + perfect of habere. Example: Italian loderei ‎(I would praise) stems from Vulgar Latin laudare + hĕbui.[1]



  1. Used with a stem to form the first-person singular conditional of regular -are and -ere verbs.
See also Italian grammar, section Conditional mood in the English Wikipedia.

Related terms[edit]

Verb affix + Historic → Conditional
-er-, -ir- + -ei -erei, -irei
-esti -eresti, -iresti
-ebbe -erebbe, -irebbe
-emmo -eremmo, -iremmo
-este -ereste, -ireste
-ebbero -erebbero, -irebbero


  1. 1.0 1.1 2002, Giuseppe Patota, Lineamenti di grammatica storica dell'italiano (in Italian), Bologna: il Mulino, ISBN 88-15-08638-2, page p. 153: