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Ch 3: Spanish Verb Tenses

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For an overview of Spanish verb tenses, take a look at this comprehensive Spanish chapter. These bite-sized lessons and quizzes offer you a quick way to improve your Spanish skills, study for exams, complete assignments or bring up your grades.

Spanish Verb Tenses - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our expert instructors break down basic Spanish verb tenses, including the present, preterite, imperfect, subjunctive and future tenses. You'll see how to properly conjugate verbs and use these tenses in simple and compound sentences. Practice applying your knowledge of these tenses by taking the included lesson quizzes and chapter exam. If you get stuck or need any extra help, you can submit questions to our instructors. The chapter is also accessible on any device that has an Internet connection. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the different Spanish verb tenses
  • Form and use basic and compound Spanish sentences in the present
  • Use the preterite and imperfect tenses in simple and compound sentences
  • Form basic Spanish sentences in the future tense
  • Apply subjunctive verbs in simple and compound sentences

13 Lessons in Chapter 3: Spanish Verb Tenses
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Tenses in Spanish

1. Tenses in Spanish

When listening to news or telling a story, we can tell when the action happens by listening to the tense of the verb. In this lesson, you'll learn what the verb tenses are in Spanish and when to use each one.

How to Form & Use Basic Spanish Sentences in the Present

2. How to Form & Use Basic Spanish Sentences in the Present

When we speak or write in Spanish, we often have to use the present tense. This lesson gives you an overview of the uses of present tense and how to form simple sentences by following a very easy formula.

How to Form & Use Compound Spanish Sentences in the Present

3. How to Form & Use Compound Spanish Sentences in the Present

How is your typical day? In this Spanish lesson, we'll see how to form and use compound sentences in the present tense. You'll find lots of practical examples that will help you express your ideas in Spanish.

Simple & Basic Spanish Sentences: Preterite & Imperfect

4. Simple & Basic Spanish Sentences: Preterite & Imperfect

We usually like to remember and talk about our past. Therefore, it is especially helpful to know how to use the past tense structures when we are trying to make connections with new people from other cultures. In this lesson, you will have the opportunity lo learn how to express yourself in the past in Spanish.

Compound Spanish Sentences: Preterite & Imperfect

5. Compound Spanish Sentences: Preterite & Imperfect

What did you do last weekend? What did you for fun when you were a child? Learn how to express these ideas in Spanish through compound sentences. We'll review the differences between the preterite and the imperfect through useful examples.

Basic Spanish Sentences in the Future

6. Basic Spanish Sentences in the Future

In this lesson, we learn the formula we can follow every time we need to form a Spanish sentence in the simple future tense. The lesson includes references to both simple and compound sentences in which we use regular Spanish verbs.

Spanish Grammar: Regular Future Tense

7. Spanish Grammar: Regular Future Tense

This lesson provides a basic introduction and practice with the future tense. While the tense functions very similarly in Spanish and English, there are some important and unique features that we will consider.

Spanish Grammar: Irregular Future Tense

8. Spanish Grammar: Irregular Future Tense

This lesson introduces students to the verbs that are irregular in the future tense. There will also be some listening and speaking practice included in the lesson.

Using the Conditional Tense in Spanish

9. Using the Conditional Tense in Spanish

In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate and use the conditional tense in Spanish when talking about what you would do or what would happen in certain circumstances.

Irregular Conditional in Spanish

10. Irregular Conditional in Spanish

The conditional is used to tell what would or could happen. There are a few irregular verbs in this tense that have a stem-change when conjugated. This lesson will look over those verbs and their stems.

Future Conditional in Spanish

11. Future Conditional in Spanish

The conditional tense in Spanish is used to express a probability or a possibility that might happen in the future. We are also going to learn how to conjugate it and how to apply it in example sentences.

Simple Spanish Subjunctive Sentences

12. Simple Spanish Subjunctive Sentences

Do you know how to use subjunctive in Spanish? Do you have any doubts about its general usage? Don't worry! In this lesson, you will learn the basics and following these rules, you won't be afraid to use it anymore!

Using 'Se' in Spanish

13. Using 'Se' in Spanish

The pronoun 'se' has a number of uses in Spanish. You have already used 'se' with reflexive verbs. In this lesson, you will be introduced to two more uses of 'se': impersonal constructions and accidental occurrences.

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