Conjugation and use of the verb "tener"   By Ron Slone

Spanish Grammar Present Indicative Verb Tener - to have
Overview

The verb tener (conjugation) means "to have". It is irregular in the present tense. The ending er changes to go in the (yo) form (first person singular). Also, e changes to ie in the tú, Ud., and Uds. forms of the verb.

yo tengo (I have)
tienes (you have)
Ud/él/ella tiene (you/he/she has)
nosotros (as) tenemos (we have)
vosotros (as) tenéis (you guys have)
Uds/ellos/ellas tienen (you all/they have)

Let's look at some uses of the verb tener:

- to express age

Tengo veintisiete años.
I am 27 years old

- to indicate possession

Yo tengo dos perros.
I have two dogs.

- to indicate obligation

Yo tengo que aprender las palabras.
I have to learn the words.

- to express sensation

Yo tengo dolor de cuello.
I have a pain in my neck.

- to express a desire to do something

Tengo ganas de verlo.
I have the desire to see him.
(I want to see him.)


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