If you have reached the present perfect and past perfect tense, you are a good way into your Spanish studies and it's time for a serious talk about grammar.
I don't know of any shortcut around regular practice. However, you can do yourself an enormous favor by taking the time to discover what you mean to say in English before you attempt to construct the grammar in Spanish...
Written by tutor Michael U.
The subjunctive mood is used in Spanish to express situations contrary to fact or cases of unreality. It is present in the dependent clause when the independent clause expresses emotion (estoy contento de que... I am happy that...), volition (quiero que... I want [that]...), likes or preference (prefiero que... I prefer...), possibility (es...
Preterit and Imperfect: Is This Over Yet?
Written by tutor Emily R.
Differentiating between these tenses can be a little tricky at first, but once you understand the general difference, it’s really not so bad at all!
To begin, it is important to know that both the preterit and the imperfect are past tenses. The main factor that determines which to use to express a past-tense idea...
Spanish Present Progressive Tense
Written by tutor Madina D.
The Present Progressive in Spanish is formed with a conjugated form of the verb “Estar” (to be) and the Present Participle.
What does this mean?
Estar (conjugated, ex: Estoy) + Present Participle (ex: bailando) = I am dancing (Present Progressive.)
How do I conjugate “Estar” (to be)? It is an IRREGULAR verb,...
Spanish Present Perfect and Past Perfect Tenses - El Perfecto
Written by tutor Margaret S.
Cuando hablamos, en cualquier idioma, hay varios tiempos de verbos que podemos usar. El tiempo que usamos cuando queremos hablar de una cosa que está acabado (o estarán acabado) es el ‘perfecto’. Es importante reconocer la diferencia entre el tiempo perfecto y el imperfecto, que usamos para hablar...
Spanish Future Tense - el Futuro
Written by tutor Dominic J.
The future tense of any language corresponds to events that have yet to occur. For example, in English, one may say, “I will work on my homework” or “I am going to the store later tonight”. In Spanish, if one knows the
infinitive form of Spanish verbs, knowing the future tense is quite simple.
Spanish Conditional Tense - el Condicional (Conjugation and Usage)
Written by tutor Vanessa K.
The conditional is one of the simplest, easiest Spanish verb forms. :) There is only one set of endings and most verbs - even those which are irregular in the present tense - use their infinitive as the root of the conjugation.
How do we form the conditional?
To form the conditional...
Spanish Verb Tenses Help
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preterite or imperfect tense when talking about actions in the past? Well, look no further. Here, we're proud to say that top Wyzant Spanish tutors have written down everything they know and are sharing it with YOU to help...