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How to conjugate Italian verb ‘chiedere’ – Commonly Used Words

If you are studying this beautiful language, you are surely going to ask your Italian friends a lot of questions. There is nothing better than learning from native speakers, after all. However, before you can do that, you should learn some of the most commonly used Italian verbs. Why don’t you start with chiedere, to get ready to receive all the answers you need?

Chiedere is an irregular, second conjugation verb that means to ask.

Unlike regular -ere verbs, where the past participle has an -uto ending, the past participle of chiedere is ending in -sto making it chiesto. It falls into the group of -ere verbs ending in -sto. This group also contains rimanere (rimasto, to remain), rispondere (risposto, to answer), vedere (visto, to see). Notice that around four out of five of the 50 most used -ere verbs are irregular.

Chiedere and domandare are both verbs used in the everyday language as synonyms to express “to ask”. Nevertheless, there is a subtle difference in their meaning.

In Italian, you use chiedere when you want something, or you want to ask another person to perform an action for you. Differently, you use domandare when you want to know something, or you want to ask for information.

  • Posso chiederti un bicchiere d’acqua? (May I ask you a glass of water?)
  • Vai da quell’uomo a domandare che ore sono (Go to that man and ask him what time it is)

It uses the auxiliary verb avere in compound forms. The verb is always followed by the preposition di when it is followed by an infinitive. The verb can be followed by both a and di in the same sentence, as in chiedere a [person] di [infinitive/noun]. This form is used to express that you are asking someone about something, or to perform an action.

  • Ho chiesto a Maria di Fabio, ma non lo sente da tanto (I asked Maria about Fabio, but she hasn’t heard from him for a while)
  • Chiediamo al cameriere di portare del vino (Let’s ask the waiter to bring some wine)
  • Se vuoi uscire, devi prima chiedere il permesso (If you want to go out, you must ask for permission first)
  • Vieni più vicino, voglio chiederti una cosa (Come closer, I want to ask you something)
  • Chiedeva sempre dei soldi alla mamma (He kept asking for money from mum)

Below are the conjugations for the verb in tables, with example sentences and translations underneath.

 

Indicativo

PRESENTE
io chiedo
tu chiedi
lui/lei chiede
noi chiediamo
voi chiedete
loro chiedono

 

Chiedo sempre le stesse cose. – I always ask the same things.

Chiedi troppo. – You ask too much.

Lucia chiede a Marco come sta. – Lucia asks Marco how he’s doing.

Chiediamo scusa per quello che abbiamo fatto. – We apologize for what we’ve done.

Chiedete a lui le ragioni del suo gesto. – Ask him about the reasons of his actions.

I miei parenti mi chiedono sempre se ho una fidanzata. – My relatives always ask me if I have a girlfriend.

 

 

IMPERFETTO
io chiedevo
tu chiedevi
lui/lei chiedeva
noi chiedevamo
voi chiedevate
loro chiedevano

 

Mi chiedevo dove fossi finita. – I was wondering where you had gone.

Quando mi chiedevi di aiutarti l’ho sempre fatto. – I always helped you when you asked me.

Chiedeva troppi soldi per quella giacca. – He wanted too much money for that jacket.

Chiedevamo il permesso per lasciare la classe. – We asked for permission to leave the classroom.

Quando chiedevate una mano c’eravamo sempre. – When you needed some help we were always there.

Chiedevano da che parte fosse il palazzo. – They were asking where the palace was.

 

PASSATO REMOTO
io chiesi
tu chiedesti
lui/lei chiese
noi chiedemmo
voi chiedeste
loro chiesero

 

Chiesi al poliziotto dove fosse la via. – I asked the cop where the street was.

 

 

FUTURO SEMPLICE
io chiederò
tu chiederai
lui/lei chiederà
noi chiederemo
voi chiederete
loro chiederanno

 

Chiederò il risarcimento. – I will ask for a refund.

 

PASSATO PROSSIMO
io ho chiesto
tu hai chiesto
lui/lei ha chiesto
noi abbiamo chiesto
voi avete chiesto
loro hanno chiesto

 

Ho chiesto di non gridare. – I asked not to scream.

Mi hai chiesto di occuparmi di questa situazione. – You asked me to deal with this situation.

Giorgia ti ha chiesto di aspettarla. – Giorgia asked you to wait for her.

Abbiamo chiesto ai bambini cosa sia l’amore. – We asked the kids what love is.

Avete chiesto il conto? – Have you asked for the bill?

All’esame hanno fatto una domanda sulla seconda guerra mondiale. – They asked a question about the Second World War during the exam.

 

TRAPASSATO PROSSIMO
io avevo chiesto
tu avevi chiesto
lui/lei aveva chiesto
noi avevamo chiesto
voi avevate chiesto
loro avevano chiesto

 

Avevo chiesto la pasta alla carbonara, non il pesce. – I ordered some pasta alla carbonara, not fish.

 

TRAPASSATO REMOTO
io ebbi chiesto
tu avesti chiesto
lui/lei ebbe chiesto
noi avemmo chiesto
voi aveste chiesto
loro ebbero chiesto

 

Quando ebbero chiesto l’orario di inizio, lo spettacolo era già finito. – The show was already over when they asked for the starting time.

 

FUTURO ANTERIORE
io avrò chiesto
tu avrai chiesto
lui/lei avrà chiesto
noi avremo chiesto
voi avrete chiesto
loro avranno chiesto

 

Te lo avrò chiesto almeno cento volte. – I must have asked you at least a hundred times.

 

Congiuntivo

 

PRESENTE
che io chieda
che tu chieda
che lui/lei chieda
che noi chiediamo
che voi chiediate
che loro chiedano

 

Che lo chieda o meno, non fa alcuna differenza. – It doens’t make any difference if I ask or not.

 

IMPERFETTO
che io chiedessi
che tu chiedessi
che lui/lei chiedesse
che noi chiedessimo
che voi chiedeste
che loro chiedessero

 

Se chiedessi cortesemente, te lo direi. – I would tell you if you asked politely.

 

PASSATO
che io abbia chiesto
che tu abbia chiesto
che lui/lei abbia chiesto
che noi abbiamo chiesto
che voi abbiate chiesto
che loro abbiano chiesto

 

Credo lo abbia già chiesto. – I think I already asked.

 

TRAPASSATO
che io avessi chiesto
che tu avessi chiesto
che lui/lei avesse chiesto
che noi avessimo chiesto
che voi aveste chiesto
che loro avessero chiesto

 

Non sapevo tu avessi già chiesto il conto. – I didn’t know you had already asked for the bill.

 

Condizionale

 

PRESENTE
io chiederei
tu chiederesti
lui/lei chiederebbe
noi chiederemmo
voi chiedereste
loro chiederebbero

 

 

PASSATO
io avrei chiesto
tu avresti chiesto
lui/lei avrebbe chiesto
noi avremmo chiesto
voi avreste chiesto
loro avrebbero chiesto

 

Imperativo

 

PRESENTE
chiedi
chieda
chiediamo
chiedete
chiedano

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