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when to use "comer"?

Hi. I'm just starting out in Spanish and I'm trying to note all the ways of talking about eating: i.e. tu comes, yo como etc. If I want to say "they eat" what verb do I use? Presumably it would start as ellos or ellas but then what? And when do I use the word "comer"? Thanks very much! :-)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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SpanishDict.com has a good lesson (10 minute video) on food and how to conjugate -er verbs. It's on their website, of course, but they have also posted it to YouTube so you can watch it without needing to create a SpanishDict account and login.

http://youtu.be/ZdQJHV1TMf0

I highly recommend, however, that you DO create a SpanishDict account and do their lessons. They are strong at providing grammar information, and Duo is very weak in this regard. Both are fair as far as building vocabulary. Duo excels at practice and repetition, which gives you that innate "feel" for a language, and SpanishDict is weak in this area. Together they are a powerhouse for learning Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/j2theazzy

Thanks heaps, I'll do that :-)

4 years ago

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"comer" is the infinitive form of "to eat ". This is used when you say "I want to eat. " or "Quiero comer." This is handy to know when you look it up in a dictionary.

http://dictionary.reverso.net/spanish-english/comer

"They eat " is "Ellos comen" for a group of males or a mixed group of males and females and it is "Ellas comen" for a group of females only. This change of verb endings is called conjugation. This verb conjugates just like most Spanish verbs that end in -er.

Here is a helpful grammar site: http://spanish.about.com/od/conjugation/a/present_conjug.htm http://spanish.about.com/cs/verbs/a/conjug_index.htm http://spanish.about.com/od/spanishvocabulary/a/comer.htm

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/j2theazzy

That's really helpful, thanks very much :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RichN
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For the forms of a verb, just look for a reference on the Internet, for example, Wiktionary:

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/comer#Spanish

Wiktionary has a table listing all the various conjugation. Don't try to swallow them all at once, just look the parts that are relevant to you.

As for when to use "comer", do you mean when to use the infinitive form? In that case, just keep learning, you'll find out soon enough. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/j2theazzy

K, thanks :-)

4 years ago

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Moving to Spanish discussion.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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A lot of people are very against rote learning ie; repeating things over and over, but that way has been a very helpful to me. I would suggest you look at the English pronouns in an organized way. I, you (singular) he/she/it - I put those on one side because they are singular. In Spanish, they would be yo, tu and ello/ella. Then you have the plural ones, we, you (plural) and they (nosotros/nosotras, vosotros/vosotras and ustedes (I still don't get ustedes) and ellos/ellas. I find if I write things down in columns in a notebook, it helps me to practice. I go over them sometimes, speaking them out loud. Good luck with your studies as you find what works for you.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/j2theazzy

Thanks for your help :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Comer is the infinitive and means "to eat". They eat = comen I eat = como. You don't need the ellos to say "They eat." You'll probably benefit from a look at a site like www.studyspanish.com. ;)

4 years ago

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However, it can be helpful to add "ellos" since "comen" is also used for "Ustedes" which is the formal plural Spanish version of "you ".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fettes

As far as I know only use the infinitive when you double up on verbs, such as with "Ir a + infinitive".

Here's an example:

Tú acabas de comer.

You have just eaten.

So in that case acabar is conjugated to acabas (the Tú form) and comer stays as an infinitive.

For more info check out this page: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/ira.htm

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Violet_Wade

they eat would be ellos comen, I believe. as for comer, I have absolutely no idea.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/j2theazzy

Thanks Violet :-)

4 years ago