How to Conjugate Spanish Verbs

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Anyone learning a new language faces the challenge of having to change a newly learned verb to a different form depending upon whom the verb refers. Almost all languages conjugate verbs, even the English language. If English is your native tongue, you conjugate verbs hundreds of times daily unconsciously. When learning Spanish, here's an easy way to conjugate those verbs.

  • Look for the endings -ar, -er, or -ir. All Spanish verbs fall one of these three categories and each has a different rule for conjugation.

  • Decide to whom the verb refers. This determines what ending will replace the endings listed in Step 1.

  • Take off the original ending and replace with the appropriate ending for the person affected.

  • Follow patterns set for verbs considered basic or regular. Verbs in this category follow standard rules like changing the ending to -o for the first person. Find a helpful list of verbs in these categories on Spanish Learn-It Online's website.

  • Watch out for irregular verbs. Like the English language, there are always exceptions to the rules. Verbs in this category may look like they fall into the standard category but they follow rules of their own.

Tips & Warnings

  • It may seem like a hassle to learn not only one word, but to also learn to conjugate several others in Spanish which all mean the same thing, but you use these verbs in different situations.

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