Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Regular -ar verbs

Yesterday's conjugation of the week was 'andar', which is a regular -ar verb. This means that it's endings are the same as any other regular -ar verb. They will also be the same as most irregular -ar verbs as it is the stem which changes with many irregular verbs. The stem of the verb 'andar' is 'and' and because it is a regular verb, this does not change in different forms of the verb. What changes are the endings which replace the 'ar'. This means that if you learn the endings for one regular -ar verb you know them for all of them, and since they are the most common type of verb in Spanish you will have a good start on the grammar.

Here are a few more regular -ar verbs to get you started:

hablar = to speak
esperar = to wait/to expect/to hope
evitar = to avoid
aceptar = to accept
doblar = to bend
desayunar = to breakfast
llamar = to call
echar = to put/to throw (and many idiomatical meanings - it crops up a lot in Spain)
llevar = to carry/to wear
enojar = to make angry
tomar = to take
visitar = to visit
trabajar = to work
terminar = to finish

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