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Basic Spanish, Lesson 25, More Irregular Verbs, Tener

You must realize that the verbs we use the most have been used the most. This means they have had more of an opportunity to change with time. They are less likely to follow all the rules exactly than the other verbs. You have to study the verbs you use the most more than the verbs you don’t use quite so often because they break the rules. If you encounter a verb you hardly use, that verb will probably follow all the rules, but if you use a verb often, there is no doubt, it will not follow all the rules. Language is living because people use language and are living. Anything that is living changes. Here is the basic verb: tener (to have) in Spanish and its irregularities.

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¿Estás teniendo una fiesta? = Are you having a party?

tener = to have

Simple Present Tense

Singular Plural

First Person: I have = tengo we have = tenemos

Second Person: you have = tienes

Third Person: he, she, or it has = tiene they have = tienen

respectful you have = tiene you guys have = tienen

Simple Past Tense

First Person: I had = tuve we had = tuvimos

Second Person: You had = tuviste

Third Person: he, she, it had = tuvo they had =tuvieron

respectful you had = tuvo you guys had = tuvieron

Easiest Future Tense

First Person: I am going to have = voy tener we are going to have = vamos tener

Second Person: you are going to have = vas tener

Third Person: he, she, it is going to have = va tener they are going to have = van tener

respectful you are going to have = va tener you guys are going to have = van tener

Future Tense

First Person: I will have = tendre’ we will have = tendremos

Second Person: you will have = tendras

Third Person: he, she, it will have = tendra they will have = tendran

respectful you will have = tendra you guys will have = tendran

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¿Te lo estás pasando bien? = Are you having a good time?

Present Perfect Tense (a past tense that begins in the past and finishes now)

First Person: he tenido = I have had hemos tenido = we have had

Second Person: has tenido = you have had

Third Person: ha tenido = he, she, it has had, han tenido -= they have had,

respectful you have had you guys have had

Past Perfect Tense ( a past tense that begins in the past, continues a while, and ends in the past)

First Person: habia tenido = I had had habemos tenido = we had had

Second Person: habias tenido = you had had

Third Person: habia tenido = he, she, it, you respectful habian tenido = they have had,

had had you guys had had

Present tense Continuous or Progressive (happens right now)

First Person: estoy teniendo = I am having we are having = estamos teniendo

Second Person: estas teniendo = you are having

Third Person: esta teniendo = he, she, it, and estan teniendo = they are having,

you respectful are having you guys are having

Past Tense Continuous or Progressive (was happening over an indefinite period in the past)

First Person: estaba teniendo = I was having estabamos teniendo =we were having

Second Person: estabas teniendo = you were having

Third Person: estaba teniendo = he, she, it, estaban teniendo = they were having,

was having and you respectful were having you guys were having

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¿Qué estás cenando? = What are you hving for dinner? (cenar = to have dinner)

Gerund (two noun forms)

having a party = tener una fiesta or teniendo una fiesta. tener un bebe or teniendo un bebe = having a baby, tener un amigo or teniendo un amigo = having a friend, teniendo uno refresco = having a cold drink, having a refreshemnt, teniendo comida = having food

tener = to have or having/// teniendo = having/// “tener” is also the infinitive and the form you will find in the dictionary.

having a good time = pasar un buen rato, pasando un buen rato

Espero que estas pasando un buen rato con espanol. = I hope you are having a good time with Spanish.

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