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Conjugation of the Italian verb cercare

A list of the common conjugations for the Italian verb cercare, along with their English translations.

Infinitive
cercareto search

Present Indicative
io cercoI search
tu cerchiyou search
lui cercahe searches
lei cercashe searches
noi cerchiamowe search
voi cercateyou search
loro cercanothey search

Present Continuous / Presente Progressivo
Note for the Present Continuous Italian uses the present tense of the verb stare and the gerund of the verb.
io sto cercandoI am searching
tu stai cercandoyou are searching
lui sta cercandohe is searching
lei sta cercandoshe is searching
noi stiamo cercandowe are searching
voi state cercandoyou are searching
loro stanno cercandothey are searching

Imperfect Indicative
io cercavoI was searching
tu cercaviyou were searching
lui cercavahe was searching
lei cercavashe was searching
noi cercavamowe were searching
voi cercavateyou were searching
loro cercavanothey were searching

Past Historic / Passato remoto
This is a literary tense, i.e. a tense used in writing, in everyday speech the Passato Prossimo is used to refer to past actions.
io cercaiI searched
tu cercastiyou searched
lui cercòhe searched
lei cercòshe searched
noi cercammowe searched
voi cercasteyou searched
loro cercaronothey searched

Past / Passato prossimo
io ho cercatoI searched
tu hai cercatoyou searched
lui ha cercatohe searched
lei ha cercatoshe searched
noi abbiamo cercatowe searched
voi avete cercatoyou searched
loro hanno cercatothey searched

Pluperfect / Trapassato prossimo
io avevo cercatoI had searched
tu avevi cercatoyou had searched
lui aveva cercatohe had searched
lei aveva cercatoshe had searched
noi avevamo cercatowe had searched
voi avevate cercatoyou had searched
loro avevano cercatothey had searched

Future Indicative
io cercheròI will search
tu cercheraiyou will search
lui cercheràhe will search
lei cercheràshe will search
noi cercheremowe will search
voi cerchereteyou will search
loro cercherannothey will search

Future Perfect / Futuro anteriore
The Italian Future Perfect or Futuro anteriore is made with the future tense of avere for transitive verbs or essere for reflexive and intransitive verbs and the past participle of the verb. The past participle agrees with the subject for verbs that take essere, or with the direct object for verbs that take avere.
io avrò cercatoI will have searched
tu avrai cercatoyou will have searched
lui avrà cercatohe will have searched
lei avrà cercatoshe will have searched
noi avremo cercatowe will have searched
voi avrete cercatoyou will have searched
loro avranno cercatothey will have searched

Conditional
io cerchereiI would search
tu cercherestiyou would search
lui cercherebbehe would search
lei cercherebbeshe would search
noi cercheremmowe would search
voi cercheresteyou would search
loro cercherebberothey would search

Conditional Perfect / Condizionale Passato
The Italian Conditional Perfect or Condizionale Passato is made with the conditional tense of avere for transitive verbs or essere for reflexive and intransitive verbs and the past participle of the verb. The past participle agrees with the subject for verbs that take essere, or with the direct object for verbs that take avere.
io avrei cercatoI would have searched
tu avresti cercatoyou would have searched
lui avrebbe cercatohe would have searched
lei avrebbe cercatoshe would have searched
noi avremmo cercatowe would have searched
voi avreste cercatoyou would have searched
loro avrebbero cercatothey would have searched

Present Subjunctive
(... che) io cerchi(... that) I search
(... che) tu cerchi(... that) you search
(... che) lui cerchi(... that) he searches
(... che) lei cerchi(... that) she searches
(... che) noi cerchiamo(... that) we search
(... che) voi cerchiate(... that) you search
(... che) loro cerchino(... that) they search

Imperfect Subjunctive
(... che) je cercassi(... that) I was searching
(... che) tu cercassi(... that) you were searching
(... che) il cercasse(... that) he was searching
(... che) elle cercasse(... that) she was searching
(... che) nous cercassimo(... that) we were searching
(... che) vous cercaste(... that) you were searching
(... che) ils cercassero(... that) they were searching
(... che) elles cercassero(... that) they were searching

Imperative
cerca Search
cerchiamoLet's search
cercate Search

Present Participle
cercante searching

Past Participle
cercato searched


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