Lesson 6 - Datos personales (Personal Information)
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This page: Learn the forms of the verb tener in Spanish.
Click on the forms of the verb in the table below to hear the pronunciation and repeat.
|Subject pronouns||Form of tener||English translation|
|yo||► tengo||I have|
|tú||► tienes||you have|
|usted, él, ella||► tiene||you have/he has/she has|
|nosotros, nosotras||► tenemos||we have|
|vosotros, vosotras||► tenéis||you have (used in Spain only)|
|ustedes, ellos, ellas||► tienen||you have/they have|
Note: Remember that the subject pronoun doesn't necessarily have to be used in a sentence if it is clear who the subject is based on the context or verb form. For example, with the verb tengo, it is obvious that the subject is yo so the subject is generally not used. The subject may still be used, however, for emphasis.
Select the correct form of the verb for the subject.
Fill in the blank to complete the sentence with the correct form of tener.
To make a verb negative in Spanish you just add the word "no" before the verb.
Change the sentence to negative. Don't forget to use correct capitalization, accents and punctuation, or the computer will mark it as incorrect.
To form yes/no questions in Spanish, you just change the word order by putting the verb first. If there is no subject (the verb is already first), all you need is to put question marks. In Spanish an upside-down question mark (¿) is used at the beginning of the question as well as a regular question mark (?) at the end. In some sentences the subject can go right after the verb or at the end of the sentence. If a verb has an object or adverb, however, the subject usually goes after the object or adverb. You will notice in the examples below that there is no translation for the auxiliary verbs do and does. They do not exist in Spanish.
Often Spanish-speakers don't even change the word order for a question. They use the normal sentence word order and just add question marks (to written text) and question intonation (to spoken questions).
To make questions with question words, the question word comes first, then the verb and then the subject (unless the question word is taking the place of the subject).
Write the question in Spanish. If you need to review the question words, you can study them in Lesson 4 - Question Words. Don't forget to use correct capitalization, accents and punctuation, or the computer will mark it as incorrect.
In Spanish, unlike English, the verb tener (have) is used to describe age. You describe how many years you have to say how old you are.
Translate the sentences to Spanish. Don't forget to use correct capitalization, accents and punctuation, or the computer will mark it as incorrect.
Find the mistake in the sentence and re-write it correctly in the space. Don't forget to use correct capitalization, accents and punctuation, or the computer will mark it as incorrect.
Write some sentences with the verb tener. You could tell about what people have or how old they are.
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