Irregular Spanish Verbs Present Tense

Irregular Spanish verbs can be extremely difficult to learn as there are distinctive irregularities for each of them, making many of them unique. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid learning these verbs as they are also the most commonly used verbs in the Spanish language.

Here is a list of some of the most common, and therefore important, irregular Spanish verbs.

  • Ser – to be
  • Estar – to be
  • Tener – to have
  • Haber – to have
  • Hacer – to do, to make
  • Ir – to go
  • Dar – to give
  • Coger – to take
  • Traer – to bring
  • Poner – to put
  • Poder – to be able to (can)
  • Querer – to want
  • Ver – to see
  • Decir – to say
  • Venir – to come

There are well in excess of 2000 Spanish verbs that have one form of irregularity or another, although many of these will only be used rarely in everyday use. One of the first things you will notice when looking at the list above is that there are two verbs that mean to be and two for to have and you will also need to learn when each verb is used.

Irregular Spanish Verbs Present Tense Conjugation

To be able to list every Spanish irregular verb present tense conjugation here would be impossible as complete books have been compiled to provide such a large amount of information, but to give you a feel for how some of these verbs are conjugated here are the present tense conjugations for the extremely common verbs, ser, estar, tener and ir.

Ser – to be

  • Yo soy – I am
  • Tú eres – you are
  • Él, ella and usted es – he, she is and you are (polite)
  • Nosotros/as somos – we are
  • vosotros/as sois – you(all) are
  • ellos, ellas and ustedes son – they and you are

Estar – to be

  • Yo estoy – I am
  • Tú estás – you are
  • Él, ella and usted está – he, she is and you are (polite)
  • Nosotros/as estamos – we are
  • vosotros/as estáis – you(all) are
  • ellos, ellas and ustedes estan – they and you are

Tener- to have

  • Yo tengo – I have
  • Tú tienes – you have
  • Él, ella and usted tiene – he, she has and you have (polite)
  • Nosotros/as tenemos – we have
  • vosotros/as tenéis – you(all) have
  • ellos, ellas and ustedes tienen – they and you have

Ir – to go

  • Yo voy – I am
  • Tú vas – you are
  • Él, ella and usted va – he, she is and you are (polite)
  • Nosotros/as vamos – we are
  • vosotros/as vais – you(all) are
  • ellos, ellas and ustedes van – they and you are

The most effective way to learn Spanish irregular verbs is without doubt with the use of a Spanish verb conjugator.

Of course, conjugation books have been around for as long as languages have been taught and are an invaluable source of information for the student, but new software programs that are now available have increased the speed and the ease that these difficult verbs can be mastered and are well worth investing in if you are serious about learning Spanish.

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