Present Tense

El Tiempo Presente

Introduction

Introducción

This is the most common verb tense. The present tense is used to express:
• actions currently happening,
• actions happening in the near future,
• general truths,
• and habitual actions.

Because English so often uses helping verbs such as "am" and "do", the Spanish present tense can be seen as simpler.

For example, the phrase yo escucho (first-person present) can be translated as:
I listen.
I am listening.
I do listen.

Vocabulary

Vocabulario

Play hablar
to talk to speak
Play saber
to know
Play comer
to eat
Play escribir
to write
Play entender
to understand
Play contar
to recount to tell to count
Play pedir
to ask for to order

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