• Italian verbs : Avere – To Have

    Let’s learn when to use the Italian verb “To Have”

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    Avere is used with many idioms and expressions that normally use the verb “to be” in English:

    avere fame – to be hungry
    avere sete – to be thirsty
    avere caldo – to be warm
    avere freddo – to be cold
    avere fretta – to be in a hurry
    avere paura (di) – to be afraid (of)
    avere ragione – to be right
    avere torto – to be wrong
    avere sonno – to be sleepy
    avere bisogno di – to need
    avere voglia di – to want, to feel like
    avere 20 anni – to be 20 years old

    When avere is followed by a word beginning with a consonant, the final -e is often dropped: aver caldo, aver fretta, aver ragione, etc.

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