11.1 formation of the condizionale

Concerning the forming of the condizionale a distinction is to be made between the verbs ending on -are, -ere at on side and the verbs ending on -ire on the other side. Besides that it follows the already well-known pattern. The endings of the infinitive are omitted and what is left is the radical and to the radical the corresponding endings were added. One could believe that the right form is comprarei (wrong!!) but the right form is comprerei. Special attention is therefore to be paid to the fact that with the verbs ending on -are the a become an e.

  Condizionale I of the verbs ending on -are and -ere
comprare to buy compr erei
  abitare to live abit
  collaborare to collaborate collabor
  mangiare to eat mang(i)
  chiamare to call chiam
  vendere to sell vend
  cuocere to cook cuoc
  sedere to sit sed
  prendere to take prend
  mettere to put mett
  Condizionale I of the verbs ending on -ire
  partire to leave part irei
  apparire to appear appr
  finire to finish fin

io comprerei I would buy
  tu compreresti you would buy
  lui / lei comprerebbe he / she / it would be
  noi compreremmo we would buy
  voi comprereste you would buy
  loro comprerebbero they would buy
io mangerei iI would eat
tu mangeresti you would eat
lui / lei mangerebbe he / she / it would eat
noi mangeremmo we would eat
you would eat
loro mangerebbero they would eat
io chiamerei I would call
tu chiameresti You would call
lui / lei chiamerebbe he / she / eat would call
noi chiameremmo we would call
you would call
loro chiamerebbero they would call
io abiterei I would live
  tu abiteresti You would live
  lui / lei abitereste he / she / it would live
  noi abiteremmo we would live
  voi abitereste you would live
  loro abiterebbero they would live
io partirei I would go
tu partiresti you would go
lui / lei partirebbe he / she / it would go
noi partiremmo we would go
voi partireste you would go
loro partirebbero they would go
io uscirei I would leave
tu usciresti you would leave
lui / lei uscirebbe he / she / it would leave
noi usciremmo we would leave
voi uscireste you would leave
loro uscirebbero they would leave

We already know that the most irregular verbs are always the most frequent verbs, so we are not surprised that verbs like essere, volere, dovere, etc. are irregular as well in the condizionale.

io sarei I would be
  tu saresti you would be
  lui / lei sarebbe   he / she / it would be
  noi saremmo we would be
  voi sareste you would be
  loro sarebbero they would be
io vorrei I would want
tu vorresti you would want
lui / lei vorrebbe he / she / it would want
noi vorremmo we would want
voi vorreste you would want
loro vorrebero they would want
io dovrei I would must
tu dovresti You would must
lui /lei dovrebbe he / she / it would must
noi dovremmo we should must
voi dovreste you should must
loro dovrebbero they should must
io avrei I would have
  tu avresti You would have
  lui / lei avrebbe he / she it would have
  noi avremmo we would have
  voi avreste you would have
  loro avrebbero they would have
io potrei I could
tu potresti You could
lui / lei potrebbe he / she / it could
noi potremmo we could
voi potreste you could
loro potrebbero they could
io berrei I would drink
tu berresti you would drink
lui / lei berrebbe he / she / it would drink
noi berremmo we would drink
voi berreste you would drink
loro berrebbero they would drink

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