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“El verbo Tener” (the verb “To have” in Spanish – I have, you have, he/she/it has, we have, you have, they have.) We have already learned our first Spanish verb: “El verbo Ser” and now we will learn another extremely useful Spanish verb: “El verbo Tener”. We will learn how to conjugate this verb for all the persons (I, you, he, she, etc) in a similar way that we conjugated “El verbo Ser”. We will also look at how to make negative Spanish sentences using “El verbo Tener”: “I haven’t got…” As always, I recommend that you get right on and practice this Spanish lesson as soon as you fully understand it and have watched the video a few times. Think about things that you “have” and “haven’t” got and make a list in Spanish. Then write a similar list for things other people you know “have” and “haven’t” got.

Lesson notes:

Tener: To have
(Yo) tengo: I have
(Tú) tienes: You have
(Usted) tiene: You have (formal)
(Él) tiene: He has
(Ella) tiene: She has
(Nosotros) tenemos: We have
(Vosotros) teneis: You (group) have
(Ustedes) tienen: You (group) have (formal)
(Ellos/ellas) tienen: They have
No tengo: I haven´t got.
No tienes: You haven´t got.
Tengo treinta años: I am thirty years old.

Activity:

Fill in the gaps…

Mi madre ……….. tres hermanos.
Yo ………… cuarenta y dos años.
¿Usted………….. hijos?
Nosotros no ………….. primos.
Mis tíos ………………. cincuenta y tres años.

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Soy padre de Lola.
¿Eres hermana de José?
Somos primos de Javi.
Alberto y Antonio son mis hijos.
Paula es mi tía.

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