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Using Present Indicatives When Speaking Spanish

When you are learning how to speak Spanish one most important of the things you need to learn how to use present indicative. When using present indicative, the Spanish language differs to English in a few different ways. It is important that you become very familiar with this aspect of speaking Spanish as it is one that you will be using the most often. Present indicatives work similarly to other forms of conjugation. A present indicative changes a verb to convey who is doing the action described by the verb. It does this by removing the infinite ending of verbs and replacing them with an ending that conveys who is doing the doing.

In Spanish language conjugations of any kind are very tricky to learn because different rules apply to different word endings and they can be very hard for people to remember.  For those trying to learn Spanish, this can make the process a very difficult one.

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Some examples of different conjugations for present indicatives in Spanish are as follows:


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  • Verbs that end with IR change in the following ways eg: vivir  which means to live becomes yovivo – I live, tuvives – he lives, nosotrosvivmos – we live,vosotrosvivis – you live,ellosviven – they live. These show all the different way that the word vivir meaning to live is changed for different sentences.
  • Verbs ending in ER are changed in these ways eg: aprender which means to learn becomes,yoaprendo – I learn, tuaprendes – you learn, el aprende – he learns, nosotrosaprendemos – we learn, ellosaprenden – they learn. Again these examaples show the different ways in which the word learn would be changed to suit those different sentences.
  • Verbs ending in AR are changed in the following ways eg: Hablar which means to speak becomes, yohablo – I speak, tuhablas – you speak, nosotroshablamos – we speak, vosotroshablais – you speak,elloshablan – they speak. In all of these examples you can see the different ways the verbs are changed to suit the sentence.

These are just a few examples of how different words would be used for different situations when speaking in Spanish. For most words with the same letter endings as above, the same principles apply, you just need to change the ending of the original word to suit who that word is referring to.

The conjugation of verbs is one of the hardest parts of learning to speak Spanish and learning what situations require what conjugations is tough. There are many different conventions that apply and in some instances, the conjugations are quite significantly different to the original word. Luckily there are some really fantastic tools out there that can help you to do this.

If you are wanting to learn Spanish fast, there are some great tools that can help. Conjugation tables are available online and there are also a lot of video tutorials and free online courses that you can take advantage of as well.


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