Having problems with endings.
I am having difficulty trying to get my endings correct. How to end words when you use yo, un una nosotros, ella, and ustedes. Is there somewhere that explains this?
I find you just have to go over it over and over and over again. A good word to start with is comer.
Yo como, tu comes, el come, nosotros comemos, and ustedes comen are the important ones. :)
Comer - to eat, Como - i eat, Comes - you eat, Comemos - we eat, Come - he/she/it eats/usted, Comen - they eat/ustedes
For an explanation, check this page: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/regverb1.htm
Think about English. We say: I am, you are, he is. We are, you (plural) are, they are.
You wouldn't say "I is hungry." You wouldn't say "He am happy." Right? You would change the verb (am/are/is) to match the subject (I/you/he). In English, this is the only verb that changes like that. But in Spanish and the other European languages, ALL verbs change, depending on whether the person doing the verb is I, you, he, etc. The good news is, they change in very predictable ways.
I want you to memorize something, and learn it so well, that you can say it in your sleep. If you memorize this well, if you know it cold, it's the key to all your present verbs! Learn this one set, and it unlocks all the others.
Just memorize the Spanish part. The English is there so you know what you're saying.
- yo hablo (I speak)
- tú hablas (you speak)
- él/ella habla (he/she speaks)
- usted habla (you-formal speak) (the verb is the same as the él/ella verb)
- nosotros hablamos (we speak)
- ellos/ellas hablan (they speak)
- ustedes hablan (you-all speak) (the verb is the same as the él/ella verb)
(Latin American Spanish doesn't use the form with the "xx," but European Spanish does)
Okay, when you can say that list perfectly, without looking, for three days in a row, send me a message and I'll show you how to use what you've learned. De acuerdo? (okay?)
Rozzie, that's where I put the "xx." Did you notice my note below the verb chart? "Latin American Spanish doesn't use the form with the "xx," but European Spanish does." I made the assumption that Tammy wants her Spanish for speaking with Latin Americans (the odds favor that), but asked her to contact me after she learns the hablar conjugation. If it turns out that she needs European Spanish, I'll fix it then.
Were you asking because you need info about the vosotros form? Or concern for Tammy?