The present tense - regular verbs

Most verbs are regular. This means that they follow a pattern.

To conjugate regular verbs in the present tense, remove the -ar / -er / -ir from the infinitive and then add the correct ending:

subject pronounhablar (to talk)comer (to eat)vivir (to live)
I yohablocomovivo
he/she/it/you (polite)él/ella/ustedhablacomevive
you (plural)vosotros/ashabláiscoméisvivís
they/you (polite plural)ellos/ellas/ustedeshablancomenviven

In Spanish, it isn't usually necessary to use the subject pronoun. The verb ending makes it clear who is doing the action. For example:

  • bailas - you dance
  • bebemos - we drink
  • escriben - they write

Practice using regular verbs

Complete each verb with the correct present tense ending.


1.Me llamo Pablo y trabaj_ en una tienda. (infinitive = trabajar)

Me llamo Pablo y trabajo en una tienda. (My name is Pablo and I work in a shop.) The verb is in the 'I' form.


2.Mis padres nunca com___ carne porque son vegetarianos. (infinitive = comer)

Mis padres nunca comen carne porque son vegetarianos. (My parents never eat meat because they are vegetarian.) The verb is in the 'they' form.


3.Álvaro no llev___ uniforme. (infinitive = llevar)

Álvaro no lleva uniforme. (Álvaro doesn't wear a uniform.) The verb is in the 'he/she' form.


4.Mi hermana y yo descarg___ vídeos a menudo. (infinitive = descargar)

Mi hermana y yo descargamos vídeos a menudo. (My sister and I often download videos.) The verb is in the 'we' form.


5.¿A qué hora sal___ de casa por la mañana, Laura? (infinitive = salir)

¿A qué hora sales de casa por la mañana, Laura? (At what time do you leave home in the morning, Laura?) The verb is in the 'you' form.