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Romance Languages Verbs: Conjugations of Read (lire / leggere / leer / ler)

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Infinitive: to read lire leggere leer ler
Present: read(s) lis leggo leo leio
  lis leggi lees lês
  lit legge lee
  lisons leggiamo leemos lemos
  lisez leggete leéis ledes
  lisent leggono leen leem
Imperfect: read/used to read lisais leggevo leía lia
  lisais leggevi leías lias
  lisait leggeva leía lia
  lisions leggevamo leíamos líamos
  lisiez leggevate leíais líeis
  lisaient leggevano leían liam
Preterite / Simple Past: read lus lessi leí li
(rare in French or Italian speech) lus leggesti leíste leste
lut lesse leyó leu
lûmes leggemmo leímos lemos
lûtes leggeste leísteis lestes
lurent lessero leyeron leram
Future: will read lirai leggerò leeré lerei
liras leggerai leerás lerás
lira leggerà leerá lerá
lirons leggeremo leeremos leremos
lirez leggerete leeréis lereis
liront leggeranno leerán lerão
Conditional: would read lirais leggerei leería leria
lirais leggeresti leerías lerias
lirait leggerebbe leería leria
lirions leggeremmo leeríamos leríamos
liriez leggereste leeríais leríeis
liraient leggerebbero leerían leriam
Present Subjunctive: read(s) lise legga lea leia
lises legga leas leias
lise legga lea leia
lisions leggiamo leamos leiamos
lisiez leggiate leáis leiais
lisent leggano lean leiam
Imperfect Subjunctive: read lusse leggessi
leyera lesse
(rare in French speech) lusses leggessi
leyeras lesses
(alternative Spanish below) lût leggesse leyera lesse
  lussions leggessimo leyéramos lêssemos
  lussiez leggeste leyerais lêsseis
  lussent leggessero leyeran lessem
Future Subjunctive: will read     leyere ler
(rare in Spanish speech)     leyeres leres
(no French or Italian)     leyere ler
      leyéremos lermos
      leyereis lerdes
      leyeren lerem
Affirmative Imperative: read        
Singular familiar you lis leggi lee
Singular formal you lisez legga lea leia
Let's... lisons leggiamo leamos leiamos
Plural familiar you lisez leggete leed lede
Plural formal you lisez leggano lean leiam
Negative Imperative: don't read        
Singular familiar you ne lis pas non legere no leas não leias
Singular formal you ne lisez pas non legga no lea não leia
Let's not... ne lisons pas non leggiamo no leamos não leiamos
Plural familiar you ne lisez pas non leggete no leáis não leiais
Plural formal you ne lisez pas non leggano no lean não leiam
Gerund: reading lisant leggendo leyendo lendo
Present Participle: reading lisant leggente leyendo lendo
Past Participle: read lu letto leído lido
Auxiliary verb used in perfect tenses avoir avere haber ter


There is an alternative form of the imperfect subjunctive in Spanish, which is more similar to Portuguese. Simply replace -ra- with -se- for all conjugations:

leyera / leyese
leyeras / leyeses
leyera / leyese
leyéramos / leyésemos
leyerais / leyeseis
leyeran / leyesen

There is an alternative form of the past perfect in Portugueuse which only uses one word rather than an auxiliary verb + past participle. These conjugations are quite similar to the imperfect subjunctive conjugations using -ra- in Spanish. However, this simple form is only used in formal or literary Portuguese. (Note that the imperfect subjunctive in Spanish using -ra- can also be used in formal or literary language as an alternative to the compound past perfect.)


The personal infinitive in Portuguese uses the infinitive as the stem + the endings of the future subjunctive.


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