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General Introduction to the passato remoto


  1. Regular Verbs in the passato remote
  2. The passato remote (past absolute or remote past) is a form of past tense. In general, the passato remoto is used for historical events or for events that happened to the speaker in the distant past. You will most often encounter this tense in formal writing--both nonfiction and fiction--and less often in speech.

    For regular verbs, the passato remoto is formed by adding appropriate endings to the stem of the verb. Following is a chart showing how regular verbs in -are, -ere, and -ire are conjugated in the passato remoto. The added endings are in bold.

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