Present tense Spanish

July 3, 2008 by admin

The verb is the doing part or action of the sentence.

The present tense is called the PRESENTE de INDICATIVO .

Tense (Tiempo) means time.

The PRESENTE INDIVATIVE is used most of the time in Spanish and English.

It indicates;

( a ) An action or state of being at the present time.

Example;

HABLO español.

I speak Spanish.

I am speaking Spanish.

I do speak Spanish.

( b ) Habitual action.

Example;

VOY a la biblioteca todos los días.

I go to the library every day.

I do go to the library every day.

( c ) A general truth, something which is permanently true.

Examples;

Seis menos dos SON cuatro.

Six minus two are four.

El ejercicio HACE maestro al novicio.

Practice makes perfect.

( d ) A near future.

Examples;

Mi hermano LLEGA mañana.

My brother arrives tomorrow.

Escuchamos un disco ahora?

Shall we listen to a record now?

A great deal of communication can be achieved by first of all mastering the present tense.

Phrase books of course give examples in more than just the present tense. You will gradually be introduced to and improve in the various tenses, without learning all the grammar of each tense.

If you are on holiday THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO TALK in every opportunity that arises. Regard these situations as free lessons.

SPEAK and LISTEN.

Break the ice and gain confidence.

To begin learning and speaking Spanish you can use the present tense to express the future or the past, with the use of yesterday (AYER), and tomorrow (MAñana).

Although you will be understood, IT IS NOT CORRECT SPANISH.

It doesn’t matter if it isn’t perfect.

A Spaniard isn’t expecting a foreigner to speak perfect Spanish.

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