Espressioni con ESSERE & AVERE

In Italian, the verbs essere and avere are certainly amongst the most popular ones. This is why they are vastly used in many common Italian idiomatic expressions like the one’s followings.

 Bear in mind that a certain amount of recurring expressions use the verb avere (to have) while English would use the verb essere (to be) and vice-versa. For instance, being hungry becomes having hungry in Italian.

 

ITALIAN EXPRESSIONS WITH “AVERE”

  • avere sonno: to be sleepy
  • avere fame: to be hungry
  • avere sete: to be thirsty
  • avere freddo: to be cold
  • avere caldo: to be hot
  • avere 20 anni: to be 20 years old
  • avere fretta: to be in a hurry
  • avere ragione: to be right
  • avere torto: to be wrong
  • avere successo: to be successful
  • avere fortuna: to be lucky
  • avere paura di: to be afraid
  • avere mal di pancia: to have a stomach ache 
  • avere mal di testa: to have a headache
  • aver mal di gola: to have a sore throat
  • avere la febbre: to have a fever

 

ITALIAN EXPRESSIONS WITH “ESSERE”

  • essere in ritardo: to be late
  • essere bravo: to be good at doing something
  • essere buono: to be nice (food), to be good people
  • essere sveglio: to be awake
  • essere malato: to be sick
  • essere ammalato: to be sick
  • essere occupato: to be busy
  • essere pronto: to be ready
  • essere fidanzato: to be in relationship
  • essere sposato: to be married
  • essere felice: to be happy
  • essere triste: to be sad
  • essere depresso: to be depressed
  • essere contento: to be content 
  • essere innamorato: to be in love

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