The Present Tense in Spanish

A simple explanation of the present tense in spanish, including the key irregular verbs.

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The present tense, e.g. I do, we go etc.
Endings
-ar verbs -er verbs -ir verbs
Yo (I) o o o
Tú (you) as es es
Él/ella/uste a e e
d (he/she)
Nosotros amos emos imos
(we)
Vosotros áis éis ís
(you all)
Ellos/ellas/ an en en
ustedes
(they)
To form the present tense, we remove the ending of the verb (the ­ar,
-ir, or ­er), and add on the appropriate ending shown above. E.g:
Hablar Comer Vivir
(to speak) (to eat) (to live)
Yo (I) Hablo Como Vivo
Tú (you) Hablas Comes Vives
Él/ella/uste Habla Come Vive
d (he/she)
Nosotros Hablamos Comemos Vivimos
(we)
Vosotros Habláis Coméis Vivís
(you all)
Ellos/ellas/ Hablan Comen Viven
ustedes
(they)
Irregular Verbs

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There are a lot of verbs which don't follow this pattern but here are the
most important ones:
Ser (to be) Ir (to go) Estar (to
be)
Yo soy voy estoy
Tú eres vas estás
Él/ella/usted es va está
Nosotros somos vamos estamos
Vosotros sois vais estáis
Ellos/ellas/ustedes son van están
Many verbs are irregular just in the first person, such as:
Hacer (to do)
Hago = I do
Poner (to put)
Pongo = I put
Salir (to go out)
Salgo = I go out…read more

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