Se habla Español: Pronouns and Verbs

Grammar is the cornerstone of perfecting your skill in a language. Nothing is worse than using an informal term when talking to that very important client and potentially offending them during a business meeting! Last week we explored the nouns and adjectives in the Spanish language. As important as these grammatical units are, it is only half the battle. Pronouns and verbs are equally important in any language.

Pronouns substitute for nouns. For example, you can say La niña está aquí (the girl is here) or Ella está aquí (she is here). In this case, Ella is substituting for La niña. The subject pronouns in Spanish are yo (I), t/usted (singular you), Él (he), Ella (she), nosotros (we), Ustedes (plural you), Ellos (they masculine) or Ellas (they feminine).

The singular and plural forms of ‘you’ are used differently depending on the dialect of Spanish. It is important to remember that subject pronouns are frequently omitted in Spanish since the ending of the verb is already indicative. Thus, native female speakers would say Estoy aqui (I’m here) rather than Yo estoy aqui.

Verbs indicate actions. Usually, when you enumerate a verb, you use what is called the infinitive, for example, hablar (to speak). In Spanish, there are three different types of verbs, depending on how their infinitive ends. These different categories are called conjugations.

Thus, there are verbs ending in ar, such as hablar, in -er comer (to eat) and in ir dormir (to sleep). As mentioned before, verbs in Spanish have different endings depending on the subject of the action. These endings will vary from one conjugation to the other. For example, with the verb hablar, the singular you is (t) hablas, whereas with comer it is (t) comes. This can obviously be complicated for learners at the beginning, but once you get used to it, you will have no problem communicating effectively.

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Part 1 of our Se habla Español series can be found here.

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