The Spanish Tenses
- The Present Tense
- The Imperfect tense
- The Preterite Tense
- The Future Tense
- The Perfect Tense
- The Conditional Tense
The Present Tense
The Present Tense is used to describe:
· Current actions and situations
Estoy listo - I am ready.
· Habitual actions
Voy a la escuela todos los días - I go to school every day
· Absolute and general truths
La tierra es grande - The earth is big.
The Imperfect Tense
The imperfect is used for past actions that are not seen as completed. Use of the imperfect tense implies that the past action did not have a definite beginning or definite end.
The Preterite Tense
The preterite is used for actions in the past that are seen as completed. Use of the preterite tense implies that the past action had a definite beginning and definite end.
The Future Tense
The future tense is used to tell what "will" happen, or what "shall" happen.
The Perfect Tense
The present perfect is formed by combining the auxiliary verb "has" or "have" with the past participle.
Add ado or ido and the form of haber in front of the verb:
The Conditional Tense
The conditional (el condicional ) tense in Spanish is used to express what would happen in the future. It is more of a possibility, or hypothetical situation, than the future tense.
The Near Future (Immediate) Tense
The immediate future tense is simply an action one is going to do. To illustrate, right now, what are you going to do? In English, you would say I am going to learn the immediate future tense in Spanish. This very same sentence is:
Yo voy a aprender el tiempo futuro inmediato en español.