How do you use the verb chiede 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!
How to use chiede in Italian
What is chiede?
Chiede is a present tense conjugation of the verb chiedere, meaning to ask. To be more precise, it’s the third-person present tense conjugation of chiedere, which is a regular verb in Italian, translating to “he/she asks”.
Let’s hear how it is pronounced.
Its pronunciation is close to kee-eh-deh. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, refer to the Italian pronunciation guide.
Now, let’s see a couple of example sentences with chiede in Italian, before taking a look at how to use the verb chiedere along with its other present tense conjugations as well.
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La maestra chiede qualcosa allo studente.
The teacher asks the student for something.
Luca ti chiede un grosso favore: lo accompagneresti alla festa?
Luke asks a big favor from you: would you accompany him to the party?
Il cane chiede il permesso di uscire.
The dog asks permission to go outside.
Il bambino chiede di comprare un nuovo giocattolo.
The child asks to buy a new toy.
Now let’s see where chiede in Italian comes from.
Use of chiede 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.
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 chiedere, “to ask”?
Take away the infinitive ending -ere and add -o!
Chiedere… ➡️ Chied-… ➡️ Io chiedo?
That’s right! 🙂 This is also why we will also say chiede in Italian, because the third-person conjugation adds -e as we will see in a moment.
So let’s see the present tense conjugation of chiedere along with its pronunciation.
Present tense conjugation for chiedere
For example, you could say…
Quando Giulia esce, mi chiede sempre di tenere d’occhio casa sua.
When Giulia goes out, she always asks me to keep an eye on her house.
Mattia chiede sempre la mia opinione.
Mattia always asks for my opinion.
Tom non è il tipo di persona che chiede aiuto agli altri.
Tom isn’t the type of person who asks others for help.
Paolo chiede sempre quando tornerai.
Paolo always asks when you will return.
Il cliente chiede il menù del giorno e un bicchiere di birra.
The customer asks for the menu of the day and a glass of beer.
And that’s it, now you know how to use chiede in Italian!
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