I’ve talked before about how many nuances verbs like “perdere – to lose,” “mancare – to miss,” and “fare – to do / to make” have. Now I want to tackle “trovare,” because I think it adds a more conversational tone when you can use it just like Italians do.
So, here are 3 ways to use “trovare” in Italian.
How to Use “Trovare” in Italian
1) Come hai trovato Bologna? – What’d you think of Bologna?
And if I were being asked that question, I would answer: L’ho trovata bellissima! – I thought it was beautiful.
CPF: “Trovato” ends in an -a, instead of an -o, because all cities are considered feminine in Italian. Take that, patriarchy.
— Come trovi il corso d’italiano? – What do you think of your Italian course?
— Lo trovo molto molto moltooooo difficile… però mi piace. – I’m finding it really really reallyyyyy difficult… but I like it.
— Trovo che Maria sia una persona davvero educata. – I think Maria is really a good-mannered person.
2) Fatti trovare pronto. – Make sure you’re ready (to go).
Here I’m using the phrase “farsi trovare,” which can be defined here as a more demanding version of “to be.”
— Fatti trovare là alle sette. – Be there at 7.
— Giulia e la sua amica si faranno trovare pronte per le sette. – Giulia and her friend will be ready at 7 pm.
— Puoi darmi dei consigli per farmi trovare più facilmente sui social network? – Can you give me some advice to make people search more easily for my page on social networks?
— Ti farò trovare una cenetta deliziosa al tuo rientro! – I’m going to prepare for you a delicious dinner by the time you’ll be home.
3) Vado a trovare mio nonno. – I’m going to visit my grandfather.
In this situation, “trovare” is meant as “to visit.” Unlike in English, Italians wouldn’t use the verb “visitare – to visit” to talk about people. They only use it when talking about places, like “Ho visitato il duomo a Firenze! – I visited the Duomo in Florence!”
If you want to learn how to conjugate “trovare,” click here >> About.com – How to Conjugate the Verb “Trovare”
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