The conjugations and accent mark placements in the preterite are the most difficult of all tenses because there are many spelling changes and irregulars. One tip is to remember that the rules you learned in the present tense apply to the present tense only: you have to learn a whole new set of rules! A key to memorizing and applying these rules is to categorize the verbs into either
Stem Changing Verbs
Written by tutor Kristen H.
The Spanish language has quite an array of stem changing verbs. Though no secret trick exists to determine if a verb is stem changing or not, repetition and a few quick rules reveal a pretty predictable conjugation pattern. The following tips should help you work out any confusion dealing with present tense stem changing verbs.
Saber vs. Conocer - the Differences
Written by tutor Cheryl W.
Saber and conocer both mean “to know.”
However, Spanish-speaking people distinguish between intellectual knowledge (using saber) and personal, experiential knowledge (using conocer):
To speak of knowing facts, details, data, or how to do something...
Reflexive Verbs - Spanish Grammar
Written by tutor Jennifer H.
What is a reflexive verb?
A reflexive verb is a verb that is used when the subject and object receiving the action are the same.
Ex. I wash myself.
Both the subject and the object refer to the same person. I am doing the action to myself.
How to conjugate verbs in Spanish
Written by tutor Dominic J.
This section provides a general overview into how to conjugate verbs in Spanish. This section highlights tendencies and patterns that span different verb tenses. For more info regarding a particular verb tense, there are more specific pages available.
Essentially, the way you conjugate a verb depends...
Written by tutor Cheryl W.
"Yo" Conjugation in the Preterite
When conjugating infinitive verbs in the preterite tense, there are 3 AR-type infinitives that change their spelling in the first person singular (Yo) conjugation.
Specifically, AR infinitives that end in CAR, GAR or ZAR have spelling (or orthographic) changes in the "Yo"...
Spanish Verb Conjugation Help
Want to know how to conjugate tener in the subjunctive? How about a refresher on how -car, -gar, and -zar verbs change. Moreover, can you tell the difference between "Estas bonita" and "Eres bonita"? We're gathering all sorts of resources to help you tell when to use verbs and how to conjugate them.
Verbos conjugados (Conjugating...
Spanish Lessons & Help
Welcome to the Wyzant Spanish Help Section! This section is a resource for students who are struggling with Spanish class - whether it's Spanish grammar, conjugating verbs, or even recognizing false cognates. Explore the Spanish help section and be sure to let your favorite Spanish tutor know if you have any questions.