How to use Italian pronominal verb METTERCI

Metterci is an Italian verb that non-native speakers may find difficult to understand. However, it is frequently used in everyday Italian, and then you might want to learn how to use it. In this post, you’ll learn how to use the Italian pronominal verb METTERCI to improve your learning and avoid mistakes.

How to use Italian pronominal verb METTERCI

Per preparare il tiramisù ci metto mezz’ora.

What does it means ci metti/ci metto?

METTERCI – to take (a period of time) 

per preparare il tiramisù ci metto mezz’ora (to prepare tiramisu, it takes me half an hour)

Metterci → verbo mettere + ci

indicates a duration of time – describes how long it takes for a person to do an action. For this reason, “metterci” must be conjugated with the person.

The particle “CI” doesn’t mean anything. It only gives the verb an idiomatic meaning.

How To Use Italian pronominal verb “METTERCI”

METTERCI is conjugated with every person

Io ci metto
Tu ci metti
Lui, lei, Lei ci mette
Noi ci mettiamo
Voi ci mettete
Loro ci mettono

Remember to put the CI between the subject pronoun (io/tu/lui …) and the conjugated verb.

Do you want to use METTERCI in the past?

To form the Passato Prossimo you need the auxiliary AVERE

Io ci ho messo
Tu ci hai messo
Lui, lei, Lei ci ha messo
Noi ci abbiamo messo
Voi ci avete messo
Loro ci hanno messo

Remember to put the CI between the subject pronoun (io/tu/lui …) and the auxiliary of the verb.



  • Ci hai messo una vita!  = it took you ages! (lit “a lifetime”)
  • Quanto ci metti per finire questo lavoro? Ci metto tre ore (How long does it take you to finish this job? It takes me three hours)
  • Perché ci hai messo tanto tempo ad arrivare? Ci ho messo tanto perché c’era traffico. (Why did it take you so long to arrive? It took me a long time because there was traffic.)

Expressions with METTERCI

🔵 metterci la faccia
🔵 metterci una pietra sopra
🔵 metterci una pezza
🔵 metterci d’accordo
🔵 metterci una buona parola
🔵 metterci la mano sul fuoco

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