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How to Conjugate Spanish Verbs


									                        How to Conjugate Spanish Verbs

Spanish is an extremely useful language to learn, but many students struggle in the classroom.
One of the hardes part is learning how to conjugate Spanish verbs. After this skill has been
mastered, the language becomes much easier to understand and to use. This guide gives the
basics of verb conjugation.

There are three categories of verbs, all determined by the last two letters of the infinitive form.
Verbs end in -ar, -er, or -ir. The infinitive form of the verb is the base of the verb and means to
do something. For example, the verb hablar means to speak. There are six forms of a verb,
although five are used primarily. Using the verb hablar again, it can be conjugated to say I
speak, you speak, he/she/it speaks, we speak, all of you speak, and they speak. These six
forms are fairly easy to learn.

The key to spanish verb conjugation is understanding how to use the different forms. For verbs
that end in -ar such as hablar, always start by dropping the stem, leaving habl-. Then choose
from the endings depending of the form. The forms are as follows

For verbs that end in -ar
     I-o
     You-as
     He/She/It-a
     We-amos
     All of You-ais
     Them-an
For verbs that end in -er or ir
     I-o
       You-es
       He/She/It-e
       We-emos
       All of You-eis
       Them-en
        If students can remember these stems, they will understand the basics of verb
         conjugations. For example, if a person wants to say “We talked” they would take the
         verb hablar and remove the stem, leaving habl-. Then they would choose the verb form
         that means we, the -amos ending. Putting this onto the stem results in hablamos. The
         best way to practice is to choose a variety of verbs and practice changing the stems.
         This will familiarize students with the verb tenses. While this may seem difficult at first, a
         few hours of practice will be enough to familiarize students with these forms.
        spanish verb conjugator is one of the most straight-forward lanuages, but there are
         always exceptions to the basic verb rules. Some verbs have unusual conjugations and
         will not follow these rules. While there are not very many of them, they are also
         important to learn. Verbs such as Ir and Ser have a different conjugation. This verb is
         conjugated as follows:voy, vas, va, vamos, vais, van. When learning verb conjugations,
         these exceptions are usually pointed out and explained. While there is not usually a rule
         for these atypical conjugations, the best advice is to memorize these. It will be easier in
         the long run.
        This is the basic guide to conjugating Spanish verbs in the present tense. When
         speaking in the past or future tense, there are some adjustments that have to be made.
         These are more advanced and students should master the present tense before
         beginning to branch out into other areas. By following this guide and practicing
         conjugations, students can easily learn and master verb conjugations. The rules are
         straightforward and with a few exceptions, most verbs follow the same conjugation
         and pronunciation rules that can be learned.

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