Italian edit

Etymology edit

From Latin -ire.

Suffix edit


  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
  • The verb dire does not count, being technically an irregular second conjugation verb whose "normal" base is dic-. Fare (to do), has a similar phenomenon.

Conjugation edit

(with -isc- form)

(without -isc- form)

-ire verbs that do not insert isc
-ire verbs that can be used with or without insertion of isc
Irregular -ire verbs

See also edit

Further reading edit

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

Anagrams edit

Latin edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Italic *-jezi, in which z changed into r due to rhotacism. Formed by analogy with -ere.

Pronunciation edit

Suffix edit


  1. present active infinitive of -iō (fourth conjugation)