To use these verbs in a sentence, we have to learn how to conjugate them (change the endings). Follow the links at the top right to learn how to use these verbs in a sentence in the present tense. Let´s review a few examples sentences:
Yo camino a la escuela.
I walk to school.
Tú corres a la fiesta.
You run to the party.
Él come fruta en vez de pan.
He eats fruit instead of bread.
Nosotros abrimos la tienda todos los días.
We open the store every day.
Ellos hablan a la vez.
They talk all at once.
Use -ar Verbs
Use -er Verbs
Use -ir Verbs
In many Spanish grammar lessons, you’ll see words like: verb, regular verb and conjugating.
Verbs: Verbs are actions in the sentence.
The following are some examples of verbs in the sentence:
Juan y María hablan mucho por teléfono.
Juan and María talk a lot on the phone. No queremos tu ayuda.
We don’t want your help. ¿Quién siempre te llama en el trabajo?
Who always calls you at work? Voy a hablar con Susana. I’m going to talk with Susana.
Regular Verbs: Regular verbs are verbs that are easy to change because they follow a pattern.
For example, in Spanish, if a verb in the present tense ends in –o, it means that it is “I [do something]”
The verbs above: comer, bailar and comprar are regular verbs.1
However, an irregular verb will not follow this pattern.
(yo) soy→ I am (yo) doy→ I give (yo) voy→ I give
The verbs above: ser (to be), dar (to give), and ir (to go) are irregular in the present tense.
There are three types of regular verbs in Spanish:
-ar verbs -er verbs -ir verbs
We know what kind of verb they are because of the last two letters. The r on the end tells us that the verb is in the infinitive form.2 This is the most basic form of the verb.
To use these verbs in a sentence, we must learn how to conjugate them.
When we conjugate verbs, we change the endings on them so we know who we are talking about. The different endings tell us who does the action.
(yo) hablo – I talk
(él) come – he eats
(nosotros) escribimos – we write
(ellos) corren – they run
To see how we conjugate (change) Regular verbs in the present tense you might watch the lessons below:
Regular –AR verbs
Regular –ER verbs
Regular –IR verbs
1. Sometimes, the middle of the verb might be irregular and change.
2. an infinitive verb is a verb that ends in 'r' in Spanish and usually means "to [do something]"