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The verb 'avere' (to have)
The verb 'to have' is translated into Italian through 'avere'. The first three persons in the present tense
are as follows:
Personal pronouns, such as 'io' (I, me) and 'tu' (you) are not so commonly used in Italian as
they are in English.
Because you can recognize immediately by the verb's ending, which person is meant, these pronouns are
often omitted in Italian.
|Ho un libro.||I have a book.|
|Hai una penna.||You have a pen.|
The most common method to negate a sentence in Italian is to put a 'non' in front of the main verb:
|Non ho un quaderno.||I do not have a folder.|
|Non ha un libro di italiano.||He/she does not have an Italian book.|