Languages › Italian Italian Present Subjunctive Tense Congiuntivo in Italian Share Flipboard Email Print silviomedeiros/Getty Images Italian Grammar History & Culture Vocabulary By Michael San Filippo Italian Expert M.A., Italian Studies, Middlebury College B.A., Biology, Northeastern University Michael San Filippo co-wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Italian History and Culture. He is a tutor of Italian language and culture. our editorial process Michael San Filippo Updated January 27, 2019 Language is fluid, and its usage is constantly changing. A case in point is the subjunctive (il congiuntivo), which in English is rapidly becoming extinct. Phrases like "I suggest you go home immediately" and "Robert wishes that you open the window" are not frequently used anymore. In Italian, though, the subjunctive tense is alive and flourishing, both in speaking and writing. Rather than stating facts, it expresses doubt, possibility, uncertainty, or personal feelings. It can also express emotion, desire, or suggestions. Subjunctive Tense Phrases Typical phrases that call for the subjunctive tense include: Credo che... (I believe that...)Suppongo che... (I suppose that...)Immagino che... (I imagine that...)È necessario che... (It is necessary that...)Mi piace che... (I'd like that...)Non vale la pena che... (It's not worth it that...)Non suggerisco che... (I'm not suggesting that...)Può darsi che... (It's possible that...)Penso che... (I think that...)Non sono certo che... (I'm not sure that...)È probabile che... (It is probable that...)Ho l'impressione che... (I have the impression that...) Certain verbs such as suggerire (to suggest), sperare (to hope), desiderare (to wish), and insistere (to insist) require use of the subjunctive. The table below provides examples of three regular Italian verbs (one of each class) conjugated in the present subjunctive tense. CONJUGATING ITALIAN VERBS IN THE PRESENT SUBJUNCTIVE TENSE PARLARE FREMERE CAPIRE io parli frema capisca tu parli frema capisca lui, lei, Lei parli frema capisca noi parliamo fremiamo capiamo voi parliate fremiate capiate loro, Loro parlino fremano capiscano Conjugating the Present Subjunctive Tense The present subjunctive is the verb form of the Italian language in the phrase generally used to indicate secondary events seen as real or not objectives (Spero che voi siate sinceri) or not relevant. This verb form is combined by adding to the root of the verb endings provided in Italian grammar in the three conjugations. Since the subjunctive must generally after the conjunction that, this is often repeated. As with the conjugation of the present tense, some verbs of the third conjugation - such verbs incoativi - involving the use of the suffix -isc-: che io finisca, che tu finisca, che egli finisca, che noi finiamo, che voi finiate, che essi finiscano. Almost all irregular shapes can be, by way 'recipe, derived from the first person of the verb in the present tense: I am of the indication vengo can be formed subjunctive - che io venga (che tu venga, che egli venga, che noi veniamo, che voi veniate, che essi vengano); dall'indicativo muoio può essere formato il congiuntivo che io muoia (che tu muoia eccetera); dall'indicativo faccio può essere formato congiuntivo che io faccia; similmente: che io dica, vada, esca, voglia, possa eccete. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Filippo, Michael San. "Italian Present Subjunctive Tense." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/italian-present-subjunctive-tense-2011711. Filippo, Michael San. (2020, August 26). Italian Present Subjunctive Tense. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/italian-present-subjunctive-tense-2011711 Filippo, Michael San. "Italian Present Subjunctive Tense." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/italian-present-subjunctive-tense-2011711 (accessed May 15, 2021). copy citation Watch Now: How to Say Goodnight in Italian Third Conjugation Italian Verbs Ending in -isco The Italian Imperfect Subjunctive Italian Present Perfect Subjunctive Mood Form Third Conjugation Verbs in Italian Using -Ire Italian Past Perfect Subjunctive Tense To Be: The Italian Auxiliary Essere and Intransitive Verbs How to Conjugate the Verb "Aspettare" in Italian Second Conjugation Italian Verbs Conjugating Andare in Italian Italian Verb Conjugation Sentirsi Italian Present Conditional Tense To Want: How to Conjugate the Italian Verb Volere Conjugate the Italian Verb 'Preferire' How to Conjugate the Verb 'Stare' in Italian To Write: How to Use the Italian Verb Scrivere Conjugation Table for the Italian Verb 'Cercare'