Present Tense Verbs

Verbs explained and the rules and uses of the present tense

Verbs Explained

Verbs in Spanish can be a little complex and hard to understand for beginners. In Spanish the form the verbs takes depends on many factors.

The infinitive form is the base form that you'll find in translations. For example the verb "correr" is the infinitive form of the verb. In English it means "to run". The infinitive forms end in 'ar', 'er' and 'ir'.

For level 3 of our Spanish for Kids section we'll introduce you to the infinitive forms of many common Spanish verbs. We'll focus on showing you how to change the verbs for:

Start by taking a look at the Uses of the Present Tense below and then move on to the regular 'ar', 'er' and 'ir' verbs in Spanish.

Rules and Uses

Click or tap on the following rules and uses of the present tense in Spanish to view sentences and listen to audio.

HABITUAL ACTION
Used to express an on going action or one that is generally repeated.
OCCURS NOW
An action that is currently happening.
PAST ACTION
Action began in the past and continues in the present. They are fromed with the verb 'hacer' + the expresion of time + 'que' + present tense verb.
HISTORIC PRESENT
Used to express an historic event that occurred in the past.
PRESENT FOR FUTURE
Used to express an action that has not yet happened.
LEVEL 3 - PRESENT TENSE
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