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Using the Preterit Verb Tense in Spanish

The preterit tense in Spanish enables you to put the past behind you. This verb tense describes a completed past action — something that happened yesterday, last night, last week, last year, or at some [more…]

Forming Spanish “Yes” and “No” Questions by Using Intonation, Tags, and Inversion

You can easily form Spanish questions by changing your voice intonation, adding a tag phrase to a sentence, or inverting the order of the subject and verb. Here’s how. [more…]

Omitting Articles in Spanish

In the Spanish language, articles are often useful to indicate a subject’s number and gender. However, in some cases, dropping Spanish articles is more efficient, which can make knowing when to leave them [more…]

Forming Sentences in Spanish with Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns can make your Spanish flow more naturally in both writing and conversation. So how exactly can you go about forming sentences with demonstrative pronouns? First, you need to understand [more…]

Paying the Bill at a Spanish-Speaking Restaurant

You’ve finished enjoying a meal at a Spanish or Latin American restaurant, and you’re ready for your check. Following is a typical conversation as restaurant patrons ask their server for the bill and pay [more…]

Discussing Your Job in Italian

Business contacts with people in other countries continues to increase in importance. Because modern technology supports the quick exchange of information over vast distances, you may have to talk to foreign [more…]

Finding Hidden Pronouns in Spanish Sentences

Pronouns are pretty easy to find in English sentences, but Spanish pronouns often seem hidden from view. Fortunately, finding this elusive part of speech in Spanish is actually pretty easy if you know [more…]

Getting to Know Spanish Possessive Adjectives

Using Spanish possessive adjectives is just one of the ways you can stake your claim on everything from loved ones to last night’s tuna casserole. Placing a Spanish possessive adjective before the noun [more…]

When Everything Counts: Using Spanish Numbers

After you know the Spanish numbers, you can sound like a native Spanish speaker by paying attention to the nuances of pronouncing and writing the numbers. Here are the rules to remember when using cardinal [more…]

Operating an ATM Using Spanish Instructions

Some ATMs are bilingual; they flash their signals in both Spanish and English. Others give you instructions only in Spanish. In case you happen upon a machine that displays its messages in Spanish, here [more…]

Acting in the Now with the Present Progressive in Spanish

What are you doing right now? You are reading about Spanish verbs. The verb phrase “are reading” uses the present progressive tense. The present progressive tense expresses an action that’s taking place [more…]

Knowing When to Use the Spanish Tú and Usted

Spanish speakers use (too) and usted (oos-tehd), which both mean “you,” to convey the formality of a relationship. is less formal than usted.

You use [more…]

Spelling-Changing Spanish Verbs and Pronunciation

As a Spanish verb is conjugated, changes in its spelling may alter the way the word is pronounced, so additional spelling changes are necessary to ensure that the resulting pronunciation of the word matches [more…]

Using the Four Definite Articles of Spanish

In the number-of-definite-articles game, the Spanish language trumps the English language four to one. What’s more is that the four forms of the Spanish [more…]

Creating Contractions with Articles in Spanish

Believe it or not, the entire Spanish language features only two contractions. And unlike English contractions, which never include the definite article [more…]

Knowing the Names of Latin American Currencies

Some Latin American countries use the same name, peso(peh-soh), for their currency. However, other countries have their own Spanish word for the name of their money. Here are the names of many currencies [more…]

How to Use the Spanish Preposition A

Using the Spanish preposition a(ah) correctly in a sentence can be tricky because a (which translates to to or atin English) can show a number of things. So how exactly can you figure out what the Spanish [more…]

Quickly Understanding Spanish Adverbs

Adding adverbs to your Spanish vocabulary can help your audience better understand how or to what degree or intensity an action is being performed. Spanish has a few different ways to express adverbs: [more…]

Forming the Future Tense in Spanish

Some people get anxious about the future because it’s unknown and uncertain. When you’re studying Spanish verbs, however, you may get anxious because you don’t know how to form the future tense or use [more…]

Forming Spanish Questions from Declarative Sentences

So you want to ask a Spanish question but aren’t sure how to form it? Just turn your declarative Spanish sentence into a question with these easy steps and ask away. [more…]

Choosing between Future Perfect and Conditional Perfect in Spanish

Conceptually speaking, the future and conditional perfect verb tenses in Spanish are similar — each tense expresses completed action in a future time. The similarities end there, however, because the future [more…]

How to Use the Spanish Preposition En

Using the Spanish preposition en(ehn) correctly in a sentence can be tricky because en can mean in, by, or on. So how do you know how to translate a sentence that contains the preposition [more…]

Forming the Imperative Mood’s “Let’s” Command in Spanish

The let’s command is a less assertive form of the imperative mood in Spanish. You use the nosotros form in Spanish to suggest an activity to your friends or to a group of people [more…]

Identifying and Using Spanish Prepositional Pronouns

Certain special Spanish pronouns must be used after prepositions and are thus known as prepositional pronouns. They serve as the object of the prepositions they follow. The following table acquaints you [more…]

Using the Gender-Free Spanish Article Lo

The Spanish article lo (loh) is neuter, meaning it has no gender. So you don’t want to use it to indicate the gender of a subject as you would with its definite and indefinite article counterparts. Here’s [more…]

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