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Conjugation for 'ir'?

What's the To Do version in Spanish of the verb To Go? Is it 'ir'? But are there no conjuagtions for it? I know there is va, vas, vamos, etc, but those are not a conjugation of ir, are they? Sorry if it's not clear ^_^ Thanks.

3 years ago

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Your question has already been answered, but I want to add something because I've been reading about the history of the Spanish language, and "ir" has an interesting background.

A good deal of Spanish comes from Latin. Not the formal Latin you can study in school, but the informal everyday language people used back then: vulgar Latin. Sometimes speakers of vulgar Latin would combine two verbs into one. Ir is a good example: in Latin you have two verbs for "go go": ire and vadere. In Hispania, under Roman control from 197 BC to 404 AD, they formed "ir" from the two, using some conjugations of each. For example, in the present tense, you see evidence of vadere (voy, vas, va) but in the future tense, the conjugations come from ire (iré, irás, irá).

3 years ago

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Wow, that's really interesting! Thank you for taking the time to explain this, it's much clearer now :)

3 years ago

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Sure:) I love finding out stuff like that - makes it easier for my brain to deal with some of the irregularities. If you're curious about some of the others that you'll come across, check out language transfer https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeA5t3dWTWvvwf5fw0Nl7mVk0OUjP1Ln2 - it's a full program on learning Spanish, not just irregularities, but he does make sense out of a lot of them, like how the stressed syllable often changes, or how some of the frequently used verbs drop a vowel in some tenses.

3 years ago

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Can you write down the name of the channel? The link doesn't seem to work.. :(

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Oh I'm sorry!

You can go to the source (they have other formats besides youtube) http://www.languagetransfer.org/#!blank/cbjz

And the youtube channel is called Language Transfer. The program (90 youtube audio files) is called "Complete Spanish"

3 years ago

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Thank you! I'll check it out :)

3 years ago

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Ir is the infinitive of the verb (the "to ___" form), and va, vas, and vamos are some of the conjugations.

Here's the present tense conjugation list:

Ir - to go

Yo - voy

Tú - vas

Él/Ella/Usted - va

Nosotros/as - vamos

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes - van

3 years ago

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Thanks, that's what I thought, I was just confused because usually the infinitive of the verb matches the conjugations. For instance Beber conjugates as bebo, bebes, etc, and here the conjugations don't sound like the infinitive at all... Is there a reason for that?

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As Cyneburg said (below), ir is an irregular verb in the present (and preterite. And imperfect. And lots of other tenses.) That's why ir uses Voy/Vamos/Van instead of Iro/Iremos/Iren (or something regular to that effect).

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Ir is an irregular verb so I think that's why you might be confused. The conjugations don't match infinitive for some tenses.

To do in Spanish is hacer if that's what you're asking.

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Have a look at SpanishDict: http://www.spanishdict.com/conjugate/ir

As pointed out by vanBaritone va, vas, vamos are conjugations of ir.

3 years ago

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Thank you, very helpful site! :)

3 years ago

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Hi! Yes, in Spanish "to go" is "ir"

Yo voy. (I go) Tú vas. ( You go) Él va. (He goes) Ella va. (She goes) Nosotros vamos. (We go) Ellos van. (They go)

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