The Italian modal verbs (verbi modali) are used to express the specific modality of an action.
The modal verbs are used with the infinitive form of the specific verb that specify the particular action.
|Io devo spedire questa e-mail entro stasera.||I must send this e-mail before this evening.|
|Fabrizio vuole assolutamente andare a quella festa stasera.||Fabrizio certantly wants to go to that party tonight.|
|Voi potrete andare al bagno soltanto quando avrete consegnato il compito.||You could go to the toilet just once you had finished your test.|
The principal Italian modal verbs are three:
A few of other verbs has also a modal value. They are:
The main characteristics of these verbs are:
|Gli voglio parlare. > Voglio parlargli.||I want to speak with him.|
|La devo cercare. > Devo cercarla.||I have to find her.|
|Ci posso andare. > Posso andarci.||I can go there.|
Modal verbs usually use avere as auxiliary. It happens in particular when:
They use essere or avere according to the clitic pronoun:
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