Sembrare is an Italian verb typically used in the 3rd person meaning to seem. Sembrare appears on the 100 Most Used Italian Verbs Poster as the 5th most used verb typically used in the 3rd person.
3rd Person Verbs like Piacere
While verbs typically used in the 3rd person, often referred to as verbs like Piacere can also be conjugated like all other verbs, they are most often used in the 3rd person. This may seem counterintuitive to native English speakers and can be confusing for those learning Italian. Here's why:
The verb Piacere for example, is typically translated as to like. In fact, for English speakers, it might be easier to think of it as meaning to please. So if you wanted to translate into Italian, "I like coffee," you would instead think of it as "coffee pleases me," or mi piace il caffé. In this example, the subject of the sentence in Italian is actually the coffee, and you are the object.
For this reason, we've chosen to present Piacere and other verbs like it in the 3rd person, as they're most often used.
Sembrare Conjugation: 3rd Person, Present Tense
|A me, mi||sembra|
|A te, ti||sembra|
|A lui/lei/egli, gli||sembra|
|A noi, ci||sembra|
|A voi, vi||sembra|
|A loro/essi, gli||sembra|
*Irregular forms in bold.
Sembrare Passato Prossimo
The passato prossimo of Sembrare is formed by combining the auxiliary verb essere with the past participle sembrato.
The gerundio of Sembrare is sembrando.
Regular vs. Irregular Verbs
A verb is called a regular verb when its conjugation follows a typical pattern. A verb which does not follow these patterns exactly is called an irregular verb. In Italian, the 3 regular patterns are for verbs ending in are, ere, and ire.
Italian Conjugation Chart
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