A verb is the word in a sentence that describes an action, a state of being or an occurrence.
Yo manejé el coche a la tiende.
I drove the car to the store.
In this example manejé or drove is the verb.
Verbs have an an infinitive form, which is the most basic form. This form has no ending or other changes for past, present, future, etc. It is not bound to a particular subject. Here are several examples of the infinitive forms of commonly used verbs in Spanish in their infinitive form.
|ser||to be||decir||to say||dar||to give|
|ir||to go||pasar||to pass||saber||to know|
|estar||to be||caminar||to walk||querer||to want, to love|
|tener||to have||creer||to believe||llegar||to arrive|
|ver||to see||seguir||to follow||llamar||to call, to name|
When used in a sentence, the spelling of verbs change according to their tense or mood. The tense of the verb changes depending on:
- the subject of the sentence (who is doing the action)
- if the verb is referring to something in the past, present or future
- if the verb is being used in conjunction with another verb
- if the verb being used in a dependent or independent clause
- if the verb is being used as a command.
Learning the various verb tenses is the most important and most challenging aspect of learning any language.
Below is a list of articles that explain the various verb forms for Spanish.