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Spanish Verb Mastery Tutorial: Regular Spanish Verbs


Regular Spanish Verbs:

This Spanish Verb Mastery Tutorial will tell you what you need to know to conjugate regular Spanish Verbs.

Verbs describe action or a state of being. Communication is possible when a verb and the subject of the action or state of being come together, or conjugate. A verb without a subject is called an infinitive verb. For example, “to speak” is an infinitive verb in English. In Spanish, the infinitive for to speak is “hablar.”  An infinitive in Spanish will end in the letters “ar,” “er,” or “ir.” Every Spanish infinitive verb contains two parts: a stem and an ending.

When a subject (such as I, you, he, she, it, you all, they, or we) is involved in the action of the verb, it is conjugated. Unlike English, the Spanish verb ending will change when the verb is conjugated. The ending, either the letters “ar,” “er,” or “ir,” is replaced by another ending which indicates the subject, the tense, and the mode. The tense of the verb indicates when the action is taking place: past, present, or future. The Spanish Verb Conjugator focuses on the present and past tenses which cause frustration for beginners. (The mode is examined when the subjunctive tense and the commands are studied at the advanced level.)  

The stem of the infinitive verb stays the same before and after conjugating a regular verb, but the verb ending changes.

For example, “hablar” (to speak) a regular -ar ending verb in the present tense:

“habl” is the stem; “ar” is the ending:

         hablo.............I speak
 (inf.) speak

         habla.............he speaks, she speaks, you (f.) speak

         hablan...........they speak, you all (f. and inf.) speak

         hablamos......we speak

         hablá all (inf.) speak


(This tutorial was excerpted from The Spanish Verb Conjugator: The Beginner's Guide to Mastering Spanish Verbs. Copyright Roche Publishing.)