Meaning of PIOVE in Italian

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

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

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How to use piove in Italian

Meaning of piove in Italian

Piove is a present tense conjugation of the verb piovere, which means to rain. To be more precise, it’s the third-person present tense conjugation of piovere, which translates as “it rains”.

Let’s hear how it is pronounced.

It rains

Its pronunciation is close to pee-OH-veh. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, check out the Italian pronunciation guide.

Now, let’s see some example sentences with piove in Italian, before we take a look at how to use the verb piovere along with its other present tense conjugations as well.

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Fuori piove. Non possiamo uscire a giocare.
It’s raining outside. We can’t go outside to play.

Ormai piove quasi tutti i giorni.
It rains almost every day now.

Piove dentro casa! Abbiamo un secchio?
It’s raining inside the house! Do we have a bucket?

wooden bucket half full of water

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

Use of piove in Italian

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

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

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Now, how would you conjugate the present tense of piovere, “to rain”?

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

Piovere… ➡️ Piov-… ➡️ Io piovo?

sad boy looking at falling rain

Well, we can’t exactly say this is a very common verb conjugation, but… you are right!

That said, let’s see the present tense conjugation of piovere.

lui, leipiove

It’s important to note that 9 times out of 10, you will be using either piove or piovono. You will almost never need to use the other present conjugations.

However, let’s take a look at a few examples. You could say…

Sulla città piovono gocce di pioggia.
Rain drops are raining down on the city.

Piovono pesci dal cielo! Com’è possibile?
It’s raining fish from the sky! How is this possible?
(See here.)

a school of fish

And that’s the end of our lesson on the meaning of piove in Italian!

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