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Tenses Made Easy

A step-by-step guide for Spanish Tenses...

Craig Tranter

on 5 February 2014

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Transcript of Tenses Made Easy

Follow this step-by-step guide to understand all the main Spanish Tenses.
Spanish Tenses Made Easy
The Present Tense
The Preterite Tense
Let's take a closer look...
First you need to understand about infinitives!
What is an infinitive?
When you look up a word in Spanish you will find the “to…” form in the dictionary. This is called the infinitive.
eg hablar (to speak), tener (to have), vivir (to live)… etc.
In Spanish all infinitives end in

, -
, or –
OK... Now we're ready to begin!

Let's get started...
The Perfect Tense
The Imperfect Tense
As a rule of thumb:

If you can translate a sentence with "used to..." then you use the imperfect tense.
The Near Future Tense
As a rule of thumb:

If you can translate a sentence with "going to..." then you use the near future tense.
The Future Tense
The Conditional Tense
Modal verbs
Modal verbs are a specific group of verbs that describe what you must, can, and want to do.

Modal verbs are often used in the conditional:
eg debería (I should)
eg podría (I could)
eg querría (I would like to)
That's it for now. Hopefully that's the basics covered, but remember practice makes perfect!
There are a few more tenses to look out for too! Watch this space for another Prezi explaining ALL the tenses soon!
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