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"pensare" Italian translation




Pensare is an Italian verb that means 'to think' or 'to consider'.

Part of speech



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Meaning: to think

Penso che oggi farà bel tempo.

I think it will be nice weather today.

Meaning: to consider

Sto pensando di andare in vacanza il prossimo mese.

I am considering going on vacation next month.

Meaning: to imagine

Pensa a un posto dove ti piacerebbe andare.

Imagine a place where you would like to go.

Meaning: to believe

Penso che sia importante imparare una seconda lingua.

I believe it is important to learn a second language.

Meaning: to have an opinion

Cosa pensi del nuovo film?

What do you think of the new movie?



  • io penso
  • tu pensi
  • egli/ella pensa
  • noi pensiamo
  • voi pensate
  • essi/esse pensano


  • io ho pensato
  • tu hai pensato
  • egli/ella ha pensato
  • noi abbiamo pensato
  • voi avete pensato
  • essi/esse hanno pensato


  • io penserò
  • tu penserai
  • egli/ella penserà
  • noi penseremo
  • voi penserete
  • essi/esse penseranno


  • io avevo pensato
  • tu avevi pensato
  • egli/ella aveva pensato
  • noi avevamo pensato
  • voi avevate pensato
  • essi/esse avevano pensato

Simple Past

  • io pensai
  • tu pensasti
  • egli/ella pensò
  • noi pensammo
  • voi pensaste
  • essi/esse pensarono


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A1: Penso di andare al cinema stasera.

I think I'll go to the cinema tonight.

A2: Non penso che sia una buona idea.

I don't think it's a good idea.

A2: Penso sempre a te.

I always think of you.

B1: Ho pensato molto prima di prendere questa decisione.

I thought a lot before making this decision.

B2: Pensavo che tu avessi già finito il lavoro.

I thought you had already finished the work.

B2: Se penso a quanto tempo ho sprecato, mi viene da piangere.

If I think about how much time I've wasted, it makes me want to cry.

C1: Pensando alla tua richiesta, abbiamo deciso di accettarla.

Thinking about your request, we decided to accept it.

C2: Avrei pensato che dopo tutti questi anni avresti imparato qualcosa.

I would have thought that after all these years you would have learned something.

C2: Non posso fare a meno di pensare che ci sia qualcosa che non va in questa situazione.

I can't help but think that there's something wrong with this situation.

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Pensare is a very common verb in Italian and is used in a variety of contexts. It can be used to express one's thoughts, opinions, or beliefs about something. For example, 'Penso che sia una buona idea' means 'I think it's a good idea'.

Pensare can also be used to indicate consideration or contemplation of something. For instance, 'Sto pensando di andare al cinema stasera' means 'I'm considering going to the cinema tonight'.

It's important to note that pensare is often followed by the preposition 'a' when expressing consideration or intention. For example, 'Devo pensare a cosa fare domani' means 'I need to think about what to do tomorrow'.

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