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Making the Future Perfect Tense in Spanish

With the future perfect verb tense, you combine the future tense of the Spanish verb haber (to have) with the past participle of the main verb to express actions that [more…]

Pitting Present Subjunctive against Present Perfect Subjunctive in Spanish

When you’re trying to wrap your head around Spanish grammar, the subtle distinctions among verb tenses can make deciding which tense to use tough. Distinguishing between the present subjunctive and the [more…]

Giving Hazy Details in Spanish with the Imperfect Verb Tense

Nothing’s perfect in Spanish, not even verb tenses. The imperfect tense is vague and imprecise. That’s why it’s called imperfect. It describes continuous, ongoing, or habitual past action. [more…]

Getting to Know Spanish Indefinite Articles

If you’re a fan of indefinite articles, then you’re in luck: Spanish gives you a range of ways to say a, an,one, and some. Believe it or not, indefinite articles in Spanish also indicate both the number [more…]

Using the Spanish Preposition Hasta Correctly

The Spanish preposition hasta(ahs-tah) can mean either until or to, depending on the context of a sentence. Although still considered a common Spanish preposition, [more…]

Wishing about the Past with the Spanish Pluperfect Subjunctive

Spanish uses the pluperfect subjunctive more than English does. If you’ve ever hoped or expected that something had happened, you probably hoped or expected in this verb tense and probably didn’t even [more…]

Going Here, There, and Everywhere in Spanish

In Spanish, you can indicate here and there in two ways. Native Spanish speakers interchange here and there often, with no distinction between the two words. [more…]

Recognizing Spanish Possessive Pronouns

Dropping possessive pronouns into your Spanish sentences is a quick and easy way to stake a claim on something. Spanish possessive pronouns, which take the place of nouns, come in four forms: masculine [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Tocar (to Play an Instrument/Touch)

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

Spanish Idioms that Use Tener

Although the Spanish verb tener literally means “to have,” in some very commonly used Spanish idiomatic expressions, tener means “to be” or may have another, unexpected meaning. Be careful, when writing [more…]

When to Use the Spanish Pluperfect and Preterit Perfect Tenses

The pluperfect and preterit tenses in Spanish have identical translations in English. Go figure! So what’s the difference between the pluperfect and preterit tenses? The differences center less on conceptual [more…]

Making Excuses with the Conditional Perfect in Spanish

The conditional perfect is a Spanish verb tense you can’t live without. It enables you to provide excuses in Spanish for actions that would have taken place if certain conditions had existed. “I would [more…]

Spanish Nouns Whose Meanings Change by Gender

Gender plays an even more important role in Spanish nouns than you might think. The gender of some Spanish nouns can actually affect the words’ meanings. In the masculine form, a word in this category [more…]

Spanish Nouns That Don't Have Separate Gender Forms

There’s no escaping the importance of gender in Spanish nouns. Or is there? A select few Spanish nouns aren’t really affected by gender. These nouns keep the same spelling, regardless of gender — a fact [more…]

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Bajar (to Go Down)

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

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Haber (to Have)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. Haber(ah-bvehr) (to have) is used only with compound tenses. It serves as a helping verb that completes an action [more…]

Dealing with Unique Spanish Punctuation

One distinguishing feature of Spanish is its use of double punctuation in written questions and exclamations. Spanish uses punctuation to indicate the tone of what you’re writing at both the beginning [more…]

Asking Key Questions in Spanish

When learning the Spanish language, asking another person for something could seem daunting, but you can get by in most situations by using just these eight questions: [more…]

Seven Ways to Say 'How Are You' in Spanish

‘How are you?’ is one of the most common ways to start a conversation. Here are seven different ways in which you can say ‘How are you?’ in Spanish: [more…]

Useful Questions to Be Able to Ask in Spanish

Even if you may not want to become fully fluent in the language, certain questions are always worth memorising if you’re visiting Spain or in the company of Spanish speakers: [more…]

Conjugating Regular Verbs in Spanish

Regular verbs in Spanish end in -ar, -er or -ir. To conjugate them, in the present tense, you take off those endings (-ar, -er or -ir) from the infinitive form and add any of the following endings to the [more…]

How to Form Participles of Regular Spanish Verbs

Verbs are what breathe life and action into Spanish and every other language. Forming present and past participles in Spanish lets you talk in active present tense to say, “I’m dancing,” and about what [more…]

How to Ask Questions in Spanish

When you’re trying to master a new language such as Spanish, you have a lot of questions. Plus, you need question words if you just want to ask for general information. The following table lists the questions [more…]

Spanish Subject Pronouns

When speaking Spanish, the pronoun you use depends upon the person you’re speaking to and the person you’re speaking about. And, just as in English, you change pronouns according to person — I, you, he [more…]

Asking Basic Questions in Spanish

Knowing how to ask basic questions in Spanish — or any other language — is essential in a global society. To ask for information in Spanish, use these basic Spanish question words and example questions [more…]


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