Ver Conjugation: Present Tense & Command

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  • 0:04 The Spanish Verb 'Ver'
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Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

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The verb 'ver' can translate as 'to see', 'to watch', and 'to look'. This means you can use it in a wide range of situations. This lesson covers those uses along with the respective tenses that apply.

The Spanish Verb Ver

Imagine if everyday you could choose to see only beautiful things. This is exactly what we're going to do in this lesson. For this purpose, we'll learn the conjugation of the verb ver in the present tense first then move to the command form.

If you happen to be familiar with the present tense endings for regular verbs that end in -er, the good news is that ver has regular endings, except for the first person yo (I). Otherwise, no worries. We have some cool tables in this lesson, so learning the conjugation is a piece of cake!

As we learn each tense, we can understand why ver translates differently depending on the situation. Remember, ver means 'to see', 'to watch', and 'to look.' Let's begin!

Present Tense Conjugation and Uses

Let's look at how to conjugate ver in the present tense for each subject pronoun.

Subject Pronoun Ver Conjugation Translation
yo veo I see
ves You (informal, singular) see
él/ella/usted ve He/She sees, you (formal, singular) see
nosotros/nosotras vemos We see
vosotros/vosotras veis You (informal, plural) see
ellos/ellas/ustedes ven They/You (formal, plural) see

We use the present tense conjugation to talk about what we see at the present moment. When you say Yo veo una rosa, you're talking about a rose that you see right at that moment. You can also use the present tense to talk about what we see with regular frequency or that we never see. Here's another sample sentence in the present tense: Yo veo a mi gato a diario (I see my cat daily).

A quick tip: Notice that we use a that we use after the verb ver in yo veo a mi gato a diario. Always make sure to use the preposition a (meaning 'to') after the verb ver when you want to tell about how you see a person or an animal with a specific frequency.

You also use the verb ver to mean 'watch':

Ana ve televisión con sus padres (Ana watches TV with her parents).

Yo nunca veo películas (I never watch movies).

Command Tense Conjugation and Uses

Now let's look at the command tense conjugation of ver. As you can see in this table, the subject pronouns are in parenthesis. The reason for this is that you don't use the subject pronoun when you command. Thus, subject pronouns are in the table only so you know which conjugation goes with each pronoun.

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Additional Activities

Learning to use 'Ver' in a Conversation:

In Spanish, the present tense 'ver' means 'to see', however, the commands can be translated as 'to see', 'to watch', or 'to look'. Note that the conjugation is different when determining if we are using the present tense or giving a command. Let's practice in the following activity having a real conversation!

Activity: Fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verb 'ver'.

Don Pedro: Hola Marta, ¿cómo estás? (Hello Marta, how are you?)

Marta: Hola Don Pedro, muy bien gracias, ¿y usted? (Hello, Don Pedro, very well, thanks, and you?)

Don Pedro: Bien, gracias. ... (ver, yo) que tienes una muñca nueva. Good, thanks. I see that you have a new doll)

Marta: Sí, es un regalos de mis papas. ¿... (ver, usted) que tiene un vestido rojo? (Yes, it's a gift from my parents. Do you see it has a red dress?)

Don Pedro: Sí, ... (ver, yo). ... (ver, nosotros - command) que más cosas tiene. (Yes, I see. Let's see what else she has)

Marta: ... (ver, usted - command) los zapatos, son preciosos. (Look, the shoes are beautiful)

Don Pedro: Cierto, son preciosos. ¿Por qué no ... (ver, nosotros) dónde estan tus amigas para que lo ... (ver, ellas - command) ellas también? (True, they are beautiful. Why don't we see where are your friends so you can show them your new doll as well?)

Answers:

  1. veo
  2. Ve
  3. veo / veamos
  4. Vea
  5. vemos / vean

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