Spanish Present tense / El presente

            

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The present indicative is the most important verb tense in Spanish. 











Easy learning tip

Learn by heart the first singular person form of every simple tense. Once this is done, the other verb forms will be easily tracked. 


Here is the present tense of a regular verb of every conjugation:



Person
Amar (1st conj.)
Comer (2nd conj.)
Vivir (3rd conj.)
Yo
am-o
com-o
viv-o
am-as
com-es
viv-es
Él, ella
am-a
com-e
viv-e
Nosotros(as)
amam-os
com-emos
viv-imos
Vosotros(as)
am-áis
com-éis
viv-ís
Ellos, Ellas
am-an
com-en
viv-en

       



       Most frequent uses                         Examples


Habits.
Me levanto a las 7 / I get up at 7.
To state a fact, truth…
Corro muy rápido / I run very fast.
Something which is happening right now.
La niña duerme / The girl is sleeping.
¿Qué haces? Estudio / What are you doing? I’m studying.
Near future.
Después vuelvo / I’ll come later.
A present action beginning in the past (present perfect could be used too).
Vivo aquí desde los 12 años / I have lived here since I was 12.



The verb phrase estar + gerund, equivalent to the continuous tense in English, can be used, but it’s not so usual in Spanish. This construction is especially appropriate to indicate that an action is interrupted:


Juan siempre llama cuando estoy comiendo.

Juan always calls while I’m eating.




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