Learning Italian Verbs and Prepositions

Italian Verbs and Expressions Followed by Prepositions

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stringere la mano a—to shake hands with. Dan Dalton/Caiaimage/Getty Images

If you've learned how to conjugate Italian verbs, you'll soon discover that there's another important part of the grammatical puzzle to master: what simple prepositions (preposizioni semplici) follow certain Italian verbs and expressions. In Italian, for example, there are certain verbs and expressions followed by a preposition such as a, di, per, and su.

Below are several tables that include Italian verbs and expressions followed by specific prepositions, as well as verbs followed directly by the infinitive.

Italian Verbs and Expressions Followed by the Preposition A

A. Before a Noun or Pronoun
assistere a—to attend​
assomigliare a—to resemble
credere a—to believe in
dare noia a—to bother
dar da mangiare a—to feed
dare fastidio a—to bother
dare retta a —to listen to
dare torto a —to blame
dare la caccia a—to chase
dare un calcio a—to kick
dare un pugno a—to punch
fare attenzione a—to pay attention
fare bene (male) a—to be good (bad)
fare piacere a —to please
fare vedere a—to show
fare visita a—to visit
fare un regalo a—to give a present to
giocare a—to play a game
interessarsi a—to be interested in
partecipare a—to participate in
pensare a—to think about
raccomandarsi a—to ask favors of
ricordare a—to remind
rinunciare a—to give up
servire a—to be good for
stringere la mano a—to shake hands with​
tenere a—to care about

B. Before an Infinitive
abituarsi a—to get used to
affrettarsi a—to hurry
aiutare a—to help
cominciare a—to begin
continuare a—to continue
convincere a—to convince
costringere a—to compel
decidersi a—to make up
divertirsi a—to have a good time
fare meglio a—to be better off
fare presto a—to do fast
imparare a—to learn
incoraggiare a—to encourage
insegnare a—to teach
invitare a—to invite to
mandare a—to send
obbligare a—to oblige
pensare a—to think about
persuadere a—to convince
preparare a—to prepare
provare a—to try one's mind
rinunciare a—to give up
riprendere a—to resume
risucire a—to succeed
sbrigarsi a—to hurry
servire a—to be good for

Verbs of Movement + A
andare a—to go
correre a—to run
fermarsi a—to stop
passare a—to stop by
stare a—to stay
tornare a—to return
venire a—to come

Italian Verbs and Expressions Followed by the Preposition Di

A. Before a Noun or Pronoun
accorgersi di—to notice, realize
avere bisgono di—to need
avere paura di—to be afraid
dimenticarsi di—to forget
fidarsi di—to trust
innamorarsi di—to fall in love
interessarsi di—to be interested in
lamentarsi di—to complain
meravigliarsi di—to be surprised
nutrirsi di—to feed on
occuparsi di—to plan
pensare di—to have an opinion about
preoccuparsi di—to worry about
ricordarsi di—to remember
ridere di—to laugh at
soffrire di—to suffer from
trattare di—to deal with
vivere di—to live on

B. Before an Infinitive
accettare di—to accept
ammettere di—to admit
aspettare di—to wait for
augurare di—to with
avere bisogno di—to need
cercare di—to try
chiedere di—to ask
confessare di—to confess
consigliare di—to advise
contare di—to plan
credere di—to believe
decidere di—to decide
dimenticare di—to forget
dubitare di—to doubt
fingere di—to pretend
finire di—to finish
ordinare di—to order
pensare di—to plan
permettere di—to permit
pregare di—to beg
proibire di—to prohibit
promettere di—to promise
proporre di—to propose
ringraziare di—to thank
sapere di—to know
smettere di—to stop
sperare di—to hope
suggerire di—to suggest
tentare di—to attempt
vietare di—to avoid

Verbs Followed by the Preposition Su

contare su—to count on
giurare su—to swear on
reflettere su—to ponder on
scommettere su—to bet on

Verbs Followed Directly by the Infinitive

amare—to love
desiderare—to with
dovere—to have to, must
fare—to make
gradire—to appreciate
lasciare—to let, allow
piacere—to like
potere—to be able
preferire—to prefer
sapere—to know how
volere—to want

Impersonal Verbs

basta—it is enough
bisogna—it is necessary
pare—it seems

Note: These verbs may be followed directly by an infinitive.