How do you say ... in Spanish?
How do you say I am in Spanish?
How to say I am in Spanish depends on what type of word or phrase follows the phrase I am. For nouns and adjectives:
When followed by a verb ending in -ing ("I am working"), then there are two common translations in Spanish:
How do you say I was in Spanish?
Saying I was is a little bit more complicated in Spanish, because there are essentially two words for to be (ser and estar), plus two main past tenses (preterite and imperfect). So that gives no less than four possible combinations for the simple phrase I was! The four forms look as follows:
As these examples show, the process for choosing between them is generally as follows:
A clue as to when to use the Spanish imperfect forms (estaba, era) is that you can replace was with used to be, or that you can insert "at that moment", as in "I was watching TV (at that moment) when he came in". For a translation of I was, these are probably the more common forms.