Let’s look at the anatomy of a verb. We’ll use the verbs hablar (to speak), comer (to eat), and vivir (to live) as points of reference.
Spanish verbs can be broken into two parts:
The above verbs are in their infinitive form; in Spanish they end in -AR, -ER, or -IR.
Here are some more verbs in their infinitive form. They can be categorized by their endings:
You can probably already tell that the infinitive isn’t very useful on its own. It’s rather ethereal…it doesn’t convey any information about who is doing the action or when it’s happening.
To convey more information we will need to change–conjugate–the verb form. So how do we conjugate? To start, we’ll need some subject pronouns. We’ll learn more about those in the next lesson.
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