How to use Italian pronominal verb VOLERCI

What exactly is an Italian pronominal verb? It’s the kind of verb that has pronouns and particles added to it that modify its meaning. The particle in this case is ci. Learn more about How to use Italian pronominal verb VOLERCI and how to use it to avoid mistakes.

What does it mean VOLERCI?

Volerci (verb volere + ci) is an idiomatic expression meaning :

📌 to be necessary  – to describe the need for something
📌 to take – the amount of time required to complete a task.

Try this exercise to test your grammar.

Read the explanation to learn more.

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

It only has two forms: one for singular and one for plural. “Essere” is the auxiliary verb for “volerci.”


Per arrivare in centro ci vogliono 20 minuti! (Per arrivare in centro sono necessari 20 minuti!)
ENTo get to the centre it takes 20 minutes!)

Per riparare il lavandino ci vuole l’idraulico. (Per riparare il lavandino è necessario l’idraulico)
ENIt is necessary a plumber to repair the sink.

How to use Italian pronominal verb VOLERCI

How to use Italian pronominal verb VOLERC

How To Use “VOLERCI”

Volerci is used in:

  • the third person singular – ci vuole
  • the third person plural – ci vogliono

Depending on whether the noun following is singular or plural.

Do you want to use VOLERCI in the past?

The auxiliary verb for “volerci” is “ESSERE”.

Ci è voluta un’ora per andare a Milano ➠ ora is feminine singular
Ci sono volute tre ore per andare a Milano ➠ ore is feminine plural

Remember to agree to the past participle with the subject when using the verb essere as an auxiliary.

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