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Spanish Past Tenses Overview

Spanish Past Tenses Overview 1   Recently updated ! There are four past tenses in Spanish; the perfecto, the indefinido, the imperfecto and the pluscuamperfecto. These four tenses dance together when we tell stories about the past or anecdotes… The four are necessary to express when the action happens, but also to set up the context of that past story. In this blogpost, I […]

Indicative or subjunctive with Verbs of Perception and Understanding

Subjunctive is one of the three moods in the Spanish conjugation of verbs, along with Indicative (used for objective facts) and Imperative (this is the one we use for the commands and orders). The moods in the conjugations refers at how the speaker feels about an action while the tense […]

Verbs of transformation (Verbos de cambio) 2   Recently updated !

Spanish has many verbs that are used for specific types of change or transformation, and if the change is sudden or involuntary. Many of those verbs mean “to become” in English but in Spanish they are not interchangeable because they have very specific meanings for particular situations. The next four verbs […]

Three verbs to talk about length time in Spanish: “tardar”, “llevar” and “durar” 8

Do you know how to use the verbs “tardar”, “llevar” and “durar” in time expressions? Their use is fairly common to express how long it takes to do something, how long something goes on for or how long something has been going on. Let’s see the best way to use […]

Uses of the 4 Past Tenses in Spanish 6   Recently updated ! previous posts you have learned about how to talk about the past, and you learned how to form and use the Pretérito Perfecto (Present Perfect), the Pretérito Imperfecto (Past Continuous), the Pretérito Indefinido (Past Simple) and Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto (Past Perfect). Now you have all the tenses required to talk […]

Talking about the past (IV): Pluscuamperfecto de Indicativo (Past Perfect) 4   Recently updated !

In previous posts we have learnt about the “Pretérito Perfecto”, the “Imperfecto” and the “Indefinido”. In this post we are going to learn how to form and use the “Pluscuamperfecto”, the last of the past tenses in Spanish. In a next post we will learn how to use all the […]

Irregularities of the Pretérito Indefinido tense in Spanish. Talking about the past (III) 11   Recently updated !

Few days ago, a follower of my Facebook page asked me for help about his personal nightmare in Spanish. For him, the irregular verbs in the Pretérito Indefinido (Past Tense) were just something he couldn’t understand, so he wrote me few lines asking me for some tips. As this week, […]

“Ser bueno” and “Estar bueno”: not the same thing? 5   Recently updated !

“Ser” and “estar” are not the same thing, as the Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz tells us is his song “No es lo mismo” (here you can have a look at the lyrics in Spanish and its translation into English) In a previous post, I wrote about the differences between “bien, […]

Uses of a nightmarish couple: “quedar” and “quedarse” 14   Recently updated !

Today I’m determined to solve one of my students’ worst nightmare. (cheers and applauses…) When do we use “quedar” and when “quedarse”? What does it mean “quedar”? and “quedarse”? These two verbs have completely different meanings and uses, let’s take a look at them: Quedar Quedar has a few meanings: […]

Talk about what the others say: Reported speech in Spanish 11   Recently updated !

We use the reported speech when we want to say what other people say, think or believe. There are two ways of report this information: Direct speech: when we transmit the original message word for word. We introduce the information with an introductory verb followed by inverted commas. Example: The […]