Expressions using avere (to have) and essere (to be)

Italian uses a different verb than English does in some expressions. Here are expressions that use avere (to have):

Avere X anni ( - Quanti anni hai? - Ho 12 anni.) avere, presente

To be X years old (-How old are you? -I'm 12.)

Avere fame avere, presente

To be hungry

Avere freddo avere, presente

To be cold

Avere fortuna avere, presente

To be lucky

Avere ragione avere, presente

To be right

Avere male (Ho male al ginocchio) avere, presente

To hurt (My knee hurts)

Avere bisogno di avere, presente

To need

Here are expressions that use essere (to be):

  • Expressions showing mood or feelings:

Essere felice essere, presente

To be happy

Essere in collera essere, presente

To be angry

  • Expressions describing what a person is like:

Essere pigro essere, presente

To be lazy

Essere simpatico essere, presente

To be nice

  • Expressions about health and wellbeing:

Essere malato essere, presente

To be sick/ill

Essere in forma essere, presente

To be fit

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