Beber Present Tense Conjugation

Instructor: Elena Sacramento Lechado

Elena has a PhD in linguistics from University of La Laguna (Spain). Currently, she teaches Spanish as a foreign language and creates teaching resources.

In this lesson, we study the Spanish verb 'beber' (to drink). Talk about your favorite drinks and diet routines and express your likes and dislikes by using this verb adequately in context.

¿Qué Quieres Beber?

''What do you want to drink?'' How much water do you drink every day? Do you normally drink soft drinks? How often do you drink beer or wine? To talk about this in Spanish, we need the verb beber (pronounced: beh-BEHR), which means 'to drink'.

In this lesson, we'll see how to use this verb in the present tense through plenty of examples and through a conversation, as well as some relevant vocabulary.

Translation: To drink.
drink

Present Tense of Beber

With the present tense we can talk about habits or routines. For example, you can say what you normally drink during the day, whether you drink coffee or not, or how many soft drinks you consume per month.

Since beber is a regular verb, its conjugation is quite simple. Just take its stem beb- and add the following endings:

VERB: beber (beh-BEHR) - to drink

Subject
Pronouns
Present Simple Pronunciation Translation
yo bebo (BEH-boh) I drink
bebes (BEH-behs) you drink
él/ella
usted
bebe (BEH-beh) he/she drinks -
you (formal) drink
nosotros
nosotras
bebemos (beh-BEH-mohs) we drink
vosotros
vosotras
bebéis (beh-BAYS) you all drink
ellos/ellas
ustedes
beben (BEH-behn) they drink /
you all drink

Note: Only Spaniards use the form vosotros/as when addressing a group of people in an informal situation, but in the rest of the Spanish-speaking countries, everyone says ustedes.

Drinking Vocabulary

Let's take a look at some relevant vocabulary you'll need when using the verb beber:

Spanish Pronunciation Translation
el agua (ehl AH-wah) the water
el zumo /
el jugo
(ehl SOO-moh /
ehl HOO-goh)
the juice
la leche (lah LEH-cheh) the milk
el batido (ehl bah-TEE-doh) the milkshake
el café (ehl kah-FEH) the coffee
el té (ehl teh) the tea
el chocolate
caliente
(ehl choh-koh-LAH-teh
kah-LYEHN-teh)
the hot chocolate
el refresco (ehl reh-FREHS-koh) the soft drink
el vino (ehl BEE-noh) the wine
la cerveza (lah sehr-BEH-sah) the beer

Note: In Spain, people normally use zumo for 'juice', but in South America it's more common to say jugo.

Jugo de naranja (Orange juice)
juice

Using the Verb Beber

In some contexts you won't need to conjugate the verb, but just use its infinitive. For example, in structures such as:

  • Quiero / Querría / Me gustaría / Me encanta + beber + something (I want / I'd like / I love to drinkā€¦)

Take a look at these examples:

  • Me gustaría beber chocolate caliente. (I'd like to drink hot chocolate.)
  • Me encanta beber jugos naturales. (I love drinking natural juices.)

Translation: I love drinking milkshakes.
milkshake

What about yourself? Answer these questions:

  • ¿Qué te gusta beber? (What do you like drinking?)
  • ¿Te gusta beber refrescos? (Do you like drinking soft drinks?)
  • ¿Qué quieres beber ahora? (What do you want to drink now?)

Example Conversation

Let's see how to use the present of beber with this conversation between Miriam and Pablo.

Miriam: ¿Qué bebes normalmente cuando almuerzas? (What do you normally drink when you have lunch?)

Pablo: Generalmente bebo un vaso de agua, pero me gusta beber jugos y refrescos también. (Generally, I drink a glass of water, but I like drinking juice and soft drinks as well.)

Miriam: En mi casa bebemos muchos jugos naturales. (At home, we drink a lot of natural juice.) Nunca bebemos refrescos. (We never drink soft drinks.)

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