Verbs: tense forms and usage
The following sections contains explanations on how to form and when
to use the various tenses of Spanish verbs. Most pages contain
on-line exercises (Java required).
- Introduction to Spanish verbs: overview of
how the Spanish verb system works, highlighting in particular the notion of Spanish
synthetic forms (words "fused together") vs English tendency towards
analytic forms (using multiple words);
- Present tense A look at the Spanish simple
present tense, a one-word verb form often used to describe an action occurring at the
time of speaking (he's working today), or a general state of affairs
(he works in a shop).
- Continous forms How to form a Spanish structure
roughly equivalent to English ...ing forms.
- Preterite How to form the Spanish simple past tense.
- Imperfect tense A look at the Spanish imperfect tense, a past tense that focusses on the "middle" of an action rather than its completion.
- Perfect tense A Spanish past tense used in a similar way to the English present perfect ("I have eaten"), to convey a completed event that is relevant to the present.
- Future tense A tense used especially in more formal Spanish to make a statement about a planned or scheduled future event, or to make a supposition.
- Conditional The rough equivalent of English would.
- The Spanish subjunctive
- The past subjunctive
Other verb-related topics:
Introduction to Spanish verbs
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