Meaning of BEVE in Italian

How do you use the verb beve in Italian? What does it mean? How do you pronounce it?

In this lesson, we will look at how to use this word along with many audio recordings and example sentences. Read on to learn everything you need to know!

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How to use beve in Italian

What is beve?

Beve is a present tense conjugation of the verb bere, meaning to drink. To be more precise, it’s the third-person present tense conjugation of bere, which is a highly irregular verb in Italian, translating to “he/she drinks”.

Let’s hear how it is pronounced.

Beve
He/she drinks

Its pronunciation is close to beh-veh. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.

Now, let’s see a couple of example sentences with beve in Italian, before taking a look at how to use the verb bere along with its other present tense conjugations as well.

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Martina beve un bicchiere di aranciata.
Martina drinks a glass of orange soda.

Il gatto beve dalla fontana del parco.
The cat drinks from the fountain in the park.

Quanto beve un essere umano ogni giorno?
How much does a human being drink every day?

Il mio cane non beve quasi mai.
My dog hardly ever drinks.

dog drinking from a bowl

Now let’s see where beve in Italian comes from.


Use of beve in Italian

You likely already know that the indicativo presente (present tense) conjugation for the pronoun io appends the ending -o to the root of the verb, or stem (see note for further info).

What’s the stem of a verb?
Italian verbs in the infinitive end in -ARE, -ERE and -IRE.
Cut out this part and you will be left with the root verb.
Examples:
tremare ➡️ trem-
piovere ➡️ piov-
cucire ➡️ cuc-
Italian verb endings for every tense are added to these root forms of the verb.

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Now, how would you conjugate the present tense of bere, “to drink”?

Take away the infinitive ending -ere and add -o!

Bere… ➡️ B-… ➡️ Io bo?

kid drinking a glass of water

You will maybe be surprised to know that the correct conjugation is actually io bevo.

This is because bere is an irregular verb. This is also why we will say beve in Italian, and never be.

That said, let’s see the present tense conjugation of bere along with its pronunciation.

Present tense conjugation for bere

iobevo
tubevi
lui, leibeve
noibeviamo
voibevete
lorobevono
group of 4 friends drinking beer outside

For example, you could say…

Bevo almeno sei bicchieri d’acqua al giorno.
I drink at least six glasses of water a day.

Il terreno beve molta acqua.
The soil drinks (“absorbs”) a lot of water.

La mamma sgrida il bambino che beve direttamente dalla bottiglia.
The mother scolds the child who drinks directly from the bottle.

Cosa bevi di solito a colazione? – Un succo di frutta.
What do you usually drink for breakfast? – A fruit juice.

Non bevo mai caffè. Non mi piace.
I never drink coffee. I don’t like it.

cup of coffee

And that’s it, now you know how to use beve in Italian!


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