Italian for game

Is it a joke?

il gioco

Imagine ...
“This game is no JOKE, OH no!”
says English soccer star JOE COLE.(m)

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Il gioco is a masculine noun. Native speakers know the genders instinctively, but learners of the language need to remember these as they are grammatically very important.

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il gioco - Italian for game

Can also mean: play (ie children's); joke/trick; gambling.

gioco di bambini = children's play
gioco elettronico = computer game
gioco di parole = play on words
gioco di società = board game
giochi online (pl) = online gaming
essere in gioco = to be at stake
giocare (v) = to play, to play games, to have fun
giocare a calico = to play football
giocare a pallacanestro = to play basketball
giocare d’astuzia = to be crafty, cunning
giocare in Borsa = to speculate on the Stock Exchange

Sentences - the word in action.

Ti piacciono i giochi di società? = Do you like board games?

The word in Italian for game- il gioco - see and hear it in the context of a sentence.

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Present Tense - Regular -ARE verbs

Infinitive: giocare = to play
io gioco I play
tu giochi you (inf.sing) play
lui,lei, Lei gioca he/she plays, You (form) play
noi giochiamo we play
voi, Voi giocate you, You (pl) play
loro giocano they play


These are all regular endings, but verbs ending in -care or -gare add h before an ending beginning with i.

e.g.giocare and spiegare (to explain).

tu giochi = you (inf.sing) play
noi giochiamo = we play

tu spieghi = you (inf.sing) explain
noi spieghiamo = we explain

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