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Dear Maria,

My question is about conjugating the verb “attrarre”.

I found a computer site (Verbix at:  http://www.verbix.com/webverbix/Italian/attrarre.html ) that lists alternate forms of conjugation for the same verb form.  For example, this site lists “attraggi” as an alternate form of “attrai”.

Can you please tell me if these alternate forms are ever used.   Or, are they archaic forms that are no longer used?

I was also wondering if verbs that end in “-arre” (attrarre, contrarre, detrarre, etc) belong to a special category of verbs that are all conjugated in a similar fashion.  Do all such verbs use the double “gg” endings as shown for “attrarre”?

Thank you very much.  As always, I very much appreciate your help.

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich,

“attraggi” as an alternate form of “attrai”,  which is the 2nd person singular, present indicative of “attrarre”, is  just  an archaic form that is no longer used.

Similarly the alternate forms “attragge”, “attraggiamo”, “attragghiamo”,”attraggiate”, “attragghiate”, are archaic forms that are no longer used.

As for the verbs that end in “-arre” (attrarre, contrarre, detrarre, distrarre,etc), they  belong to a special category of verbs that are all conjugated in a similar fashion for they all derive from “trarre” (Latin, “trahĕre”) and thus have the same conjugation as "trarre".

So, all such verbs use the double “gg” endings as shown for “attrarre” only in the following moods, tenses and forms:

-Present indicative:1st person singular (io attraggo); 3rd person plural (essi/esse/ loro attraggono)

-Present subjunctive: 1st person singular (che io attragga); 2nd person singular (che tu attragga), 3rd person singular (che egli/ella attragga), 3rd person plural (che essi/esse/ loro attraggano)

-Present imperative:3rd person singular (egli/lui attragga), 3rd person plural (loro attraggano).

Hope this can be helpful to you.

Have a nice day,

Maria

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