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Using Present Tense in Spanish Language

When learning to speak Spanish, it is important to learn about how words are changed to indicate whether they are past, present or future tense. In the Spanish language, verbs are often conjugated to change the tense and these conjugations can alter the word quite dramatically. Learning all of these changes can be a challenging task. If you are wanting to know how to learn Spanish fast, learning tense is a good place for beginners to start.

Spanish present tense differently to how it is used in the English language. In the English language, to describe an action as happening right now, ‘ing’ is generally added to the end of a verb.g. He is running. Spanish is somewhat similar in this regard as the verb is changed to convey that it is happening in the present. Verb conjugation, however, is a little more complicated in Spanish than it is in English. For a great resource to help you learn how to use Spanish in the present tense, try using a Spanish present tense table. These are widely available online and show you how to change verbs to convey present tense. These are a great tool to enable you to do some Spanish present tense exercises at home.

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Spanish present tense irregular verbs generally fall into two different categories. All languages seem to contain at least a few verbs that do not fit in with the regular language conventions. Spanish is no different. The worst part is, irregular verbs in the Spanish present tense are often time word that people will use the most often. The four irregular verbs that occur in Spanish are the following; ser – to be, estar – to be, ir – to go and haber – to have done. Although there are only four, the way that these change for different situations is quite dramatic, for an example, here are the different forms of the verb ser: soy, eres, allaes, somos, sois& son. You can see how the word almost completely changes. Again a verb conjugation table is a great tool to use to learn all of the different ways in which Spanish verbs are changed for different contexts.


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Spanish future tense works quite similarly to English. Future and present tense are able to be interchanged. The sentence will contain a time element to show that an action will be happening in the future. E.g. he will go running. Again, the hardest part of this aspect of learning Spanish is learning how the Spanish verbs are conjugated and also whether or not an indicative will be required in the sentence. Overuse of indicatives is a very common mistake that people new to the language of Spanish often make.

If you are interested in learning Spanish, there are some great ways out there for learning Spanish free. Search for some free Spanish lessons online. Having some lessons will really help you to develop your understanding of the Spanish language, especially their use of verb forms to change the tense or context of a sentence.


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