https://www.duolingo.com/grub5000

How do you know which version of "Beber" to use?

This is the one that is constantly tripping me up in beginner Spanish. I can't figure out a logic or rule to use to decide whether it's "bebo", "bebes" or "bebe".

6 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SamFen

If you go to your vocabulary, you can click on a word and find its conjugation, where it explains exactly when to use each one. This link should work for you: http://duolingo.com/#/word/es/beber/Verb

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zennist

Beber is the verb in its infinitive form "to drink" Conjugated in present tense forms is the following "Yo bebo = I drink, Tú bebes = you drink (familiar/ informal,,,, él/ella, usted bebe= he/she or you/formal drink, ustedes beben/ ellos ellas beben= you all drink/they drink nosotros/nosotras bebemos= we drink.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zennist

The pronouns are also not necessary and mainly used for emphasis and or clarification since the conjugation already implies who is doing the action unlike English

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jenniferlp
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The Duolingo link above gives a table at the bottom of the page which gives you the rule for choosing which verb ending to use. There are 3 infinitive verb endings in Spanish: '-ar', '-er' and '-ir'. You should learn how to write out a table of verb conjugations like the one in the link for each of the 3 infinitive verb endings. Once you know that you won't have to look it up as often :)

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel766

Zennist is correct but you should definitely familiarize yourself with conjugations " just present tense for now" or you may fall into thinking this is more difficult than it really is. I personally continue practice basics fairly regularly when i haven't had the opportunity to use what i know with friends for any long period of time, of course what is basic for you will change over time as certain things become second nature

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flinda

Learn to use the pronouns for the third person singular and the third person plural. Many writers using Spanish fail to do this , counting on context to tell which person is being referred to . Without context it can be impossible ! Poor Duobot has a terrible time , I notice !

6 years ago
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