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Spanish Verb Confusion

I am on level 7 Spanish but I have still have trouble remembering and discerning the difference between the following verbs. Does anybody a trick or mnemonic that could help?

Here are the verbs:

Comer Como Comen Comemos Comes

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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Comer is the infinitive (to + verb) form of the verb (to) eat. Think of the infinitive form as the dictionary form - because it's what you'll find when you look up any verb. It is a regular -er verb, and the infinitive ending (er) must be changed to reflect who is eating (or whatever verb you use) como - I eat; comes - you eat; come - he/she/it ests (also usted, the formal form of you); comemos - we eat; comen - they eat

you just need to remember the regular er endings (o, es, e, emos, en) and they apply to all regular -er verbs in the present indicative tense.

(Comos is not a word)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abendbrot
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(The only probleme I have is, we don't get the infinitive on duolingo. So I write the different conjngaed verb forms on a sheed of paper and then I can order them. The good thing is, I can learn them at the same time.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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I do the same thing - I have a notebook where I list the new regular verbs in the infinitive form, and a few pages pages where I write down the conjugations of irregular verbs. You use the infinitive when you have two verbs together - conjugate the first one and leave the second one in the infinitive. For example - I eat = como; I want to eat = quiero comer. You also use the infinitive when you the -ing form of the verb serves as a noun (gerund). Eating ice cream is fun = Comer helado es divertido.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abendbrot
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I stay at the level: Quiero una manzana.; At the moment I repeat the words of the topics I have already learned.

The grammar of the next steps should not be a problem. If they are, I know who I can ask about.

Eisessen macht Spaß. Eisessen ist ein Vergnügen.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
romastutts
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Of course, you can ask me whatever you need to. I'm a Spanish teacher, and am certified to teach English as a second language.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

"comos" is not a verb.

The verbs are

Infinitive: Comer

I eat = Yo como

You eat = Tú comes

He/She/You (formal) eat = Él/Ella/Usted come

We eat = Nosotros comemos

You eat (plural) = Vosotros coméis

They/You (plural) eat = Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes comen

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EPIC-ONE

Sorry! I mistyped!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniela_Cera
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yo como , tu comes, el come, ella come, eso come, nosotros comemos, ustedes comen, ellos comen

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StefanoSolgreno
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Those are all just the verb "comer", conjugated in present tense.

The thing is that every verb is conjugated to person/people who is doing the act.

Therefore comer in the simple present tense would be:

Yo como Tú comes Él/ella/usted come Nosotros/-as comemos Vosotros/-as coméis Ellos/ellas/usteden comen

Because of this you can just remove the subject, and it would mean the same. But if you want to be clear you would not.

A tip: read the texts underneath the skills. ;) It will help.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hucklebeary

no trick, just practice. Focus on one language and just do the lessons and be patient is all. The words get used enough that you'll get the hang of it through regular review.

And go get anki.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

But comer is a regular verb. Perhaps it would help you to look at the present tense section of my video http://youtu.be/BeqQuJsFJhk

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YESSIKA2014

I eat = yo como you eat = tu comes
he eats = él come
she eats = ella come
you eat = ustedes comen
we eat = nosotros comemos
they eat = ellos comen
http://www.spanishdict.com/conjugate/comer
la clave es repetir y repetir y repetir hasta el cansancio para que tu oído lo grabe.
Good luck

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
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grave = serious, grave

grabar / grabe = to remember, to record

So, "para que tu oído lo grabe." :o)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YESSIKA2014

jajajaja, no me di cuenta, fue error de teclado, yo escribo sin ver el teclado y a veces marco la tecla que no es, v y b están juntas así como n y m. Ya lo arreglé. Gracias

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jackiestilgoe

Get your head around the ending first depending on who is doing the action as all verbes change like this. when you said comos I think you mean comemos which is we eat. como is I eat. Comen they eat. Comes you eat. This is the same for all verbes. for example drinking. Bebo I drink. Bebes you drink. Beben they drink and bébemos we drink.

3 years ago
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