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Spanish Grammar

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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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Invitar (to Invite)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like invitar, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Identifying and Using Common Spanish Prepositions

Prepositions are useful tools for joining different words, clauses, or phrases. In Spanish, they can connect nouns to nouns, verbs to verbs, or verbs to nouns/pronouns. Spanish has dozens of commonly used [more…]

Creating Compound Verb Tenses in Spanish

Each simple tense of a Spanish verb has a corresponding compound tense — seven simple tenses, seven compound tenses. The compound tenses make actions perfect or complete. The compound tenses are: [more…]

Speculating with the Present Perfect Subjunctive in Spanish

The present perfect subjunctive is a compound verb tense that describes actions that may have happened. For example, you may have studied Spanish if your high school had offered it. That [more…]

Identifying a Noun’s Gender in Spanish

The gender of nouns is always a stumbling point for people learning Spanish. In Spanish, nouns always take on a specific gender. This gender role is in addition to the traditional role nouns take on as [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Ayudar (to Help)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like ayudar, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Using the Spanish Subjunctive with Adverbs and Adjectival Clauses

Though the Spanish subjunctive mood expresses doubt, voices impersonal opinions, and sets up conditional actions, that’s not all it’s good for. You also use the subjunctive with some adjectival clauses [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Cambiar (to Change)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like cambiar, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs [more…]

Deciding between the Preterit and Imperfect Verb Tenses in Spanish

When you use past tense verbs in Spanish, you need to pick between the preterit and the imperfect tenses. Choosing the right verb tense is key for making your meaning clear. For example, when talking about [more…]

Identifying Reverse-Gender Nouns in Spanish

Although the gender of most Spanish nouns is fairly obvious (nouns that end in -o often are masculine, and nouns that end in -a often are feminine), some Spanish nouns reverse their gender. These reverse-gender [more…]

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