Spanish Grammar Help
Me gusta aprender lenguajes. A ti te gusta aprender lenguajes? Ever wonder whether you're using a direct or indirect object pronoun? Struggling with the difference between "que," "como," and "cual"? Here we're offering pages on prepositions, pronouns, participles, and all the other tricky Spanish grammar concepts you'll need to master to speak Spanish like a pro! Check back with us soon for Spanish grammar help.
"The family cooks the dinner. / La familia cocina la cena." Is there a direct or indirect object in this sentence? How can you tell? Learn more about the similarities and differences between direct and indirect objects here.
In English, you may ask a question such as "Does Jorge speak Spanish?" This question seems pretty straightforward; however, did you know that there are at least three different ways to ask this question in Spanish? You could say "¿Jorge habla español?" You could also say "¿Habla Jorge español?" Questions in Spanish can be asked in more specific and unique ways than questions in English, so make sure you read all about Spanish interrogative words.
In order to speak properly in Spanish, you'll have to forget the English grammar rule that says double negatives are bad. In fact, double negatives are often used to express the "no" sentiment in Spanish. For example, in English, you may say, "No, I didn't say anything." However, in Spanish, the same sentence may be phrased, "No dije nada." Be sure to read all about how to express negatives in Spanish.
Prepositions in Spanish are used very similar to prepositions in English, except some of them have more than one meaning; that meaning depends on the context of the sentence. Some prepositions need "de" added, while others do not. You can learn the ins and outs of using prepositions in Spanish right here. We offer a comprehensive list of prepositions as well as their English translations and examples, all in one spot so you can learn all of the most common prepositions at once!
Pronouns are used so that you don't have to keep repeating the name of the object to which you're referring. For example, you would not say, "That is my baseball, can you give me my baseball so I can put my baseball away?" You would probably say, "That is my baseball, can you give it to me so that I can put it away?" Here, you're substituting the word "baseball" with the word "it." Everyone knows what you are talking about, because you specified it early on in your sentence. Therefore, you can use the pronoun "it" to keep from sounding too redundant. The same goes in Spanish! Here, you'll find a list of pronouns and specific directions on how to use them.
Possessive pronouns are used to indicate ownership. For example, you don't always say, "That is the baseball that belongs to me." Instead, you would say, "That is my baseball," or "That baseball is mine." The same goes for Spanish! Here, you'll find direct translations from English pronouns to Spanish pronouns, as well as a guide to using possessive pronouns effectively in Spanish.
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