Introduction to Verbs

Spanish verbs
Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

Presentación de verbos

Verbs are action words that express the action (He runs) or state of being (I am tired) of a sentence. They are one of the main parts of speech.

Spanish verbs have to be “conjugated” or “inflected”; that is, changed according to how they are used. They have five to six different conjugations for each tense and mood.

The basic form of a verb is called the infinitive and is the name of the verb. The English infinitive is “to” followed by a verb, while the Spanish infinitive is a single word with one of three infinitive endings (-ar, –er, or –ir). These can then be further divided into

A) Regular verbs, which follow a standard pattern of verb conjugations:

1.-arhablar(to speak) Regular -ar verbs
2.-ervender(to sell)Regular -er verbs
3.-irpartir(to leave)Regular -ir verbs

B) Stem-changing verbs, which take the same endings as regular verbs, but undergo spelling changes in the radical* of some conjugations.

C) Irregular verbs, which have unique conjugations.

  When you encounter a new verb, be sure to learn its infinitive, which is used as the basis for just about everything you do with it. (The Spanish Verb Deconjugator can help!)

* Most Spanish verbs are conjugated by removing the infinitive ending to find the "radical" or "root" (e.g., hablar –> habl-) and then adding the appropriate ending, which is determined by a combination of five different elements:

  1. Number
  2. Person
  3. Tense
  4. Mood
  5. Voice

 Spanish Verb Conjugations

 Related lessons

Learn French En français

Learn Italian In italiano

 Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

Introduction to Spanish verbs

Questions about Spanish?

 Ask me in the comments section below or visit the Progress with Lawless Spanish Q+A forum to get help from native Spanish speakers and fellow learners.
 

More Lawless Spanish

 Subscribe to my free, weekly newsletter.
      

Support Lawless Spanish

  This free website is created with love and a great deal of work.

If you love it, please