Regular -ar verbs

Follow the pattern!

To talk, to walk, to study, to sing, etc

The infinitive is the base form of the verb, such as to speak, to eat, to live, etc. In Spanish, all infinitives end in -ar, -er, or -ir.


What do we do in English?

To conjugate a verb means to manipulate the infinitive so that it agrees with the different possible subjects. Here is the present tense conjugation of the infinitive "to speak":

to speak

I speak
you speak
he speaks
she speaks
we speak
you-all speak
they speak


How to Conjugate

Parts of the infinitive

-ar, or -er, or -ir is the infinitive verb ending



The verb stem or root is what is left after you take off the -ar (or -er, -ir).


Conjugating is the ending that gets added to the stem/root that is appropriate for the subject.

1. Determine the subject

If the verb is necesitar (to need), who is it that needs something? Is it you? The person you're talking to? A group of boys? The subject will determine the form of the conjugation.


2. Remove the stem

All Spanish verbs have the stems of either "-ar," "-ir," or "-er." Once you remove the stem, you can add on the new ending. Unless the verb is reflexive; then it will have "se" tacked on past the end of the verb.


3. Conjugate '-ar' verb.

Once you learn the form of conjugation for "-ar" verbs in the present tense, you can just add the form to the end of any regular "-ar" verbs.


In Spanish, you conjugate verbs by changing the ending. If the subject is I (yo), conjugate by dropping the ending and add -o.

yo hablo (hablar - ar + o = hablo)
I speak, I am speaking, I do speak



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