Lezione 27-'I went...'

Start from the beginning

Sai che...? Did you know that...? You know...?

Sono andato... I went...

C'era davvero tanta gente! There were so many people!

Davvero? Really?

Sì, proprio così. Yup, that's right.

Chi sa perché? Who knows why?

Di solito... Usually...

Non è così pieno. It isn't that busy.

Vabbé. Oh well.

Ora vado. I'm off now.

Altrettanto! You too!/And you!


Make sure you study these a memoria!

So, despite the vast amount of new words learnt today, I'm going to give a deeper analysis on 'Sono andato...'.

Firstly, in English we say 'I went.' In Italian you say 'I am gone...'

Yes, it's odd. For English speakers this would mean 'I've gone crazy!' and funnily enough you can use it the same way in Italian.

How to conjugate it:


Sei andato (andata for females)


However: if you want to say that you and more people 'went' somewhere, 'andato' changes to 'andati' or 'andate' (masc. and fem.).

Masculine (either for a group of males or a mixed group of both genders):


Siete andati


Feminine (females only):


Siete andate


Allora! (Right!) Time for some examples:

Dove sei andato oggi? Where did you go today? (Second person sing. masc.)

Sono andato a scuola (oggi). I went to school (today).

I tuoi cugini sono andati a casa? Did your cousins go home? (Have your cousins gone home?) Third person plural-masculine.

Sì, sono andati adesso. Yes, they went now.

Ieri non siamo andate a scuola. We didn't go to school yesterday. 1° pers. pl. fem.

Perché no? Why not?

Siete andati al lavoro la settimana scorsa? Did you go to work last week? (2° person plural-masculine)

Andrea è andato al parco oggi. Andrea went to the park today.

Now you know how to say someone went to a place, so how do you say someone went to do something? Follow this formula:

Subject+ conjugated form of 'essere' +andato+a+infinitive form of verb+necessary complements.

Example: I went to eat: (Io) Sono andato a mangiare. (Subject: Io; Conjugated form of 'essere': Sono; Past participle of 'andare': andato; a: to; inf. form of verb: mangiare.)

Luca è andato a vedere Emma. Luca went to see Emma.

Sono andate a giocare assieme. They (female) went to play together.

Add complements, like places and other things:

Simply add 'per' followed by the infinitive form after the place!

Alex va a scuola per imparare. Alex goes to school to learn.

Alex è andato a scuola per imparare il turismo. Alex went to school to learn about tourism.

Alessia va a scuola per imparare. Alessia goes to school to learn.

Alessia è andata a scuola per imparare le lingue. Alessia went to school to learn languages.

Angry mother to child: Dove sei andato?! (More commonly: Dove sei stato/a? Where have you been?)

Innocent child to mother: Da nessuna parte! (Nowhere!)

Now use all of these examples to suit the context and the people you are talking about! I bet you can probably hold a simple but decent conversation in Italian at this point (almeno spero! At least I hope!)

Yup, here are some esercizi for you to complete on your exercise book or on a piece of paper at least. Some questions may get tricky!

1) Insert the correct form of 'andare':

Es.: Io sono________ Risposta: Andato

1. Egli è_________ 4. Noi siamo (m&f)________

2. Loro (masc.) sono _________ 5. Voi siete (fem.)__________

3. Tu sei (fem.) _________ 6. E' (masc.) ___________


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