Conjugating in Present Tense

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An explaination of how to conjugate regular present tense -ar verbs in Spanish.

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Spanish Verb Conjugations –AR Verbs in Present Tense:

Spanish Verb Conjugations –AR Verbs in Present Tense An introduction to the what and how of conjugating

We do not conjugate in English!:

We do not conjugate in English ! I has one hundred dollars. John go to the store on Wednesday. Where was you yesterday? I is tall. How old am you? This are my good friend.

EVERY SENTENCE ON THE PREVIOUS PAGE CONTAINED A GRAMMATICAL ERROR THAT EXISTED BECAUSE THE VERBS WERE NOT CONJUGATED CORRECTLY. WE DO CONJUGATE IN ENGLISH.:

EVERY SENTENCE ON THE PREVIOUS PAGE CONTAINED A GRAMMATICAL ERROR THAT EXISTED BECAUSE THE VERBS WERE NOT CONJUGATED CORRECTLY. WE DO CONJUGATE IN ENGLISH.

What does it mean to conjugate?:

What does it mean to conjugate ? Conjugating is a process in which we modify a verb so that it not only tells what was done, but it tells us who performed the action and when it took place. In the sentence , “He goes to the store .” the word “ goes ” tells us that he or she is who goes to the store and that the trip to the store takes place in the present rather than the past or the future .

Working With Spanish Verbs:

Working With Spanish Verbs As we learn Spanish, we typically first learn to talk about activities we like and dislike. We say “Me gusta bailar ” Bailar is an infinitive. It translates to “to dance.” This is the simplest form of a verb and it is what we find in dictionaries. Remember that in Spanish infinitives always end in – ar , - er , or – ir . These endings are infinitive markers.

The Make Up of Verbs:

The Make Up of Verbs All Spanish verbs are made up of two parts: the stem and the ending. In bailar the stem is bail- and the ending is the -ar. The stem means dance while the ending says this verb is in its infinitive form. We want to change the ending so that it tells who dances and when they dance.

What you must know for –AR verbs:

What you must know for –AR verbs Subject pronouns—the actor yo / I nosotros nosotras / we tú / you vosotros Vosotras / you all (used in Spain) Ud . /you (formal) él /he ella / she Uds . / you all ellos / they ellas / they The –AR endings that identify the actor and tell when. -o - amos -as - áis -a -an

Conjugating “hablar”:

Conjugating “ hablar ” -o - amos -as -an Step 1 To say “he talks” first remove the infinitive marker. Step 2 Add the ending for the he/she form of the verb. -a habl a ar

More on –AR verbs:

More on –AR verbs So to conjugate an – ar verb simply remove the – ar and add the ending that matches the person you want to say did the action. In our example we changed “HABLAR” to “HABLA” because –a is the ending that says he/she does something in the present.

Review:

Review Remember that every verb has two parts: stem and ending Conjugating replaces the infinitive marker – ar , - er , or – ir with an ending that tells who does the action and when it is done.

Memorize the process:

Memorize the process Memorize the chart with the endings Memorize the process and practice it until you can do it without having to think. Practice enough and you will discover just how easy it is to speak Spanish. -o - amos -as - áis -a -an

Hazlo.:

Hazlo . Do it.

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