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INTRODUCTION
Asia: Hi everyone, I'm Asia.
Daniele: And I'm Daniele.
Asia: And welcome to Must-Know Italian Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 21. Using Verbs in Infinitive Form.
Asia: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for expressing that you want to do something.
PATTERN
Asia: For example, "I want to dance all night long."
Daniele: Voglio ballare tutta la notte.
Daniele: [slow] Voglio ballare tutta la notte.
Asia: The pattern for expressing that you want to do something has 3 elements. First, the verb "to want," conjugated as "I want."
Daniele: Voglio.
Asia: Second, a verb in the infinitive form, in this case "to dance."
Daniele: ballare.
Asia: Third, a phrase, in this case "all night long."
Daniele: tutta la notte.
Asia: Altogether, we have, "I want to dance all night long."
Daniele: Voglio ballare tutta la notte. [slow] Voglio ballare tutta la notte. [normal] Voglio ballare tutta la notte.
Asia: Start with the verb “to want”
Daniele: volere
Asia: conjugated in the first person singular of the present tense, “I want.”
Daniele: voglio
Asia: Then, add an infinitive verb followed by a complement — either a phrase, an adverb, a noun, a noun phrase, or a phrasal verb.
Daniele: Voglio ballare tutta la notte.
Asia: So remember, to express that you want to do something, start with “I want,” followed by an infinitive verb, and finally, a complement.
Asia: Here's another example meaning, "I want to read this book." First, the verb "to want," conjugated as "I want."
Daniele: Voglio.
Asia: Second, a verb in the infinitive form, in this case "to read."
Daniele: leggere.
Asia: Third, a noun phrase, in this case "this book."
Daniele: questo libro.
Asia: Altogether we have...
Daniele: Voglio leggere questo libro. [slow] Voglio leggere questo libro. [normal] Voglio leggere questo libro.
Asia: "I want to read this book."
[pause]
Daniele: Voglio leggere questo libro.
Asia: How do you say - "I want to eat an ice-cream." To give you a hint, "to eat an ice-cream" is...
Daniele: mangiare un gelato. [slow] mangiare un gelato. [normal] mangiare un gelato.
Asia: "I want to eat an ice-cream."
[pause]
Daniele: Voglio mangiare un gelato. [slow] Voglio mangiare un gelato. [normal] Voglio mangiare un gelato.
[pause]
Daniele: Voglio mangiare un gelato.
REVIEW
Asia: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I’ll give you the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud in Italian. Here we go.
Asia: "I want to dance all night long."
[pause]
Daniele: Voglio ballare tutta la notte.
[pause]
Daniele: Voglio ballare tutta la notte.
Asia: "I want to read this book."
[pause]
Daniele: Voglio leggere questo libro.
[pause]
Daniele: Voglio leggere questo libro.
Asia: "I want to eat an ice-cream."
[pause]
Daniele: Voglio mangiare un gelato.
[pause]
Daniele: Voglio mangiare un gelato.

Outro

Asia: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for expressing that you want to do something, as in...
Daniele: Voglio ballare tutta la notte.
Asia: meaning "I want to dance all night long."
Asia: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on ItalianPod101.com. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Daniele: A presto!

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ItalianPod101.com Verified
Monday at 06:30 PM
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What do you want to eat for dinner?

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Tuesday at 12:26 AM
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Ciao Bill,

ottimo lavoro!

My only correction is

Voglio mangiare una pasta -> Voglio mangiare DELLA pasta / Voglio mangiare UN PIATTO DI pasta

"Pasta" is an uncoutable word, meaning you can not refer to it with "una, un, uno" (= a / an). You can only use "della, del..." (some) or use other expressions for quantity (too much, too little, a dish of, a portion of...)


"una pasta" does exist, but it means "pastry".


A presto!


Valentina

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Bill
Wednesday at 01:22 AM
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Vuoi mangiare una pizza per cena?

No, non voglio mangiarla.

Cosa vuoi mangiare?

Voglio mangiare una pasta a cena.

E che cosa vuoi bere?

Voglio bere un bicchiere di latte.

Tua figlia vuole bere un bicchiere di latte?

No. Mia figlia vuole bere un bicchiere di vino.

I tuoi figli vogliono bere un bicchiere di vino?

No. Loro vogliono bere molta birra.

E voi tutti volete mangiare la pasta?

Sì, noi tutti vogliamo mangiare molta pasta.

ItalianPod101.com Verified
Wednesday at 02:35 AM
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Ciao E,

buono il kebab! 😁


Valentina

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Saturday at 02:56 AM
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Hy Lyla,

"alla cena" is incorrect. You can either say "a cena" or "per cena".


Thanks for leaving a comment!

Valentina

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E
Friday at 12:55 AM
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Io voglio mangiare il kebab.

Lyla
Sunday at 07:35 PM
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Che cosa vuoi mangiare alla cena?