Verbos Regulares en el Tiempo Presente

Regular verbs in the present tense are recognize by their endings: -ar, -er and -ir. In English we call them infinitive verbs and are recognized because we say: to teach, to cook, to live, and others.

In Spanish, we have a basic chart that help us to learn these endings. But there is a basic mechanism that we need to follow. The steps are:

1. recognize and separate the ending of the verb (-ar, -er, or -ir)

2. eliminate it

3. add the corresponding ending to the verb according to the subject pronoun of the sentence.

Example: Yo cocino lasagna para mi familia. I cook lasagna for my family.

Now let us work with the chart

Subject pronouns -ar -er -ir
yo o o o
as es es
él, ella, usted a e e
nosotros amos emos imos
vosotros ais eis is
ellos, ellas
an en en

Let us practice

Maria cuidar a su perro. Maria cuid a su perro. Maria should be substituted by the pronoun ella (she). For ella the ending is -a. As a result, our sentence should read: Maria cuida a su perro.

Now you do it: Jose estudiar español. Jose estudi español. Correct answer should be: Jose estudia español. Jose studies Spanish. Good job.

Regular -er verbs

Carlos beber leche con el desayuno. Carlos beb leche con el desayuno. Carlos bebe leche con el desayuno. Carlos drinks milk with breakfast.

You can find more verbs on the reference pages at the back of your Spanish book.

Hasta mañana.

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