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This chart will explain which pronouns go with each form of beber. http://www.123teachme.com/spanish_verb_conjugation/beber
No, it is a mostly South American use of 2nd singular personal pronoun. It uses in all Argentina instead of "tú", so several people who don't speak Spanish thinks that. But it isn't true. "Vos" is used also in Uruguay, Paraguay, Some parts of Bolivia, Chile, even in Central America.
See this: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voseo
Or, if you don't understand, you can see the English version (I preffer the Spanish version, but well...): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voseo
Don't worry too much about the chart. It's not as complicated as it looks. For now, you just have to know present tense. For "beber", you get:
bebo= I drink; bebes= you drink; bebe= he/she/it/you-formal drinks; bebemos= we drink; beben= they drink.
And the endings (-o, -es, -e, -emos, -en) will be the same for (almost) all -er verbs, and very similar for the others. Good luck!
The regular -AR, -ER, -IR verbs each have a repeating pattern so it is not quite as bad as it seems. So learn each pattern and you can apply them to regular verbs with the same ending. In English we can contract words like "I would/should" to "I'd" So it is basically the same deal in Spanish the pronoun is conjugated with the verb. The irregular verbs are a pain though. It is definitely harder than I thought it would be.
The verb can be conjugated with the pronoun in Spanish. "Beber" + "yo" = "bebo" = "I drink". Check out a conjugation chart. http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/beber#conjugation
Not quite, samuel. It really has nothing to do with context, but everything to do with the verb's doer's (who's doing the drinking) NUMBER(Singular or Plural) and PERSON (First Person, Second Person, Third Person). So, you were right to say bebO goes with Yo (I). But bebE goes with Él, Ella, Usted (He, She, It, You-FORMAL/POLITE-SINGULAR). bebeS goes with Tú (You-INFORMAL/FAMILIAR:. bebeMOS goes with Nosotros/Nosotras (We). bebeN goes with Ellos, Ellas, Ustedes (They, You-PLURAL)
To drink is beber and to eat is comer, don't mix them. Look at the words, they don't change completly but in the end. The end of the conjugation changes with the personal pronoun, it doesn't concern gender.
Tú bebes / Vos bebés / Usted bebe
Él bebe / Ella bebe
Nosotros bebemos / Nosotras bebemos
Vosotros bebéis / Vosotras bebéis / Ustedes beben
Ellos beben / Ellas beben
First you should know what they mean in English:
Then the subjunctive mood is used more often in Spanish than it is used in English. http://spanish.about.com/od/verbmoods/a/intro_subjunct.htm
Now, the sentence in this lesson "Yo bebo agua." is a straight fact with no hopes, wishes, feelings, doubt expressed so it is in the indicative mood, just a regular sentence. No need to worry about subjunctive here as Duolingo will teach that later.
I drink water. (any water) "the water" is being very specific. (not just any water - the water....... We are expecting more information such as a brand of bottled water or a prepositional phrase describing what kind of water or which place it came from.) "I eat an apple." works because you can count one apple, but water is not as easily countable unless it is in a container or dripping from a faucet. "a glass of water" or "a drop of water"
Water is always considered to be some water and "some" does not actually need to be specified.
You are right that many Spanish nouns that end in -o are masculine, such as "niño", but the word "bebo" is a verb and that -o ending is given for verbs in the regular indicative mood present tense for "yo" (1st person, singular) to mean "I drink" (I is either, no gender is known. I could be a boy or a girl. Same with "yo"). The different endings for verbs are called conjugations.
Neither -- it's for the "I" form. Spanish doesn't have gendered forms of first person.
The end of the verbs depends on the infinitive verb termination. The terminations are "-ar", "-er" and "-ir". Each conjugation have diferent words end in each personal pronoun. Use a chart and with the time you would remeber http://www.onoma.es/#beber+pronominal=false+tiempos=0$3$+personas=1$2$4$5$8$10$12$13$+paradigma=2
Agua IS feminine ALLWAYS. Agua is ALLWAYS feminine [It uses a masculine article in singular since it's a paroxytone (stressed in the 2nd syllable from the end) that starts with an a, if you use the feminine article la with it, it sounds "lagua", so you must use the masculine article el], there a few nouns that can change the gender, that is NOT common. Verbs have NO genders. I drink water is ALLWAYS Yo bebo agua or Yo tomo agua.
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I guess the link changes: http://www.123teachme.com/spanish_verb_conjugation/beber
My comment was about usual usage in English. It is extremely rare in English to say " I drink water. " It may be a literal translation however, it is not what is generally understood by that phrase. Que tu bebes? Is normally understood as meaning what are going to drink? The unspoken thought is do you want water, soda, beer ect. Or the other unspoken thought is what are doing in the kitchen?
To me "I drink water" != "I am drinking water", "I drink water" is stating something you have done before or may do again but does not tell me you are currently drinking water like "I am drinking water" does. "I drink water" is a perfectly valid English sentence. It could very well be that Spanish speaker does not mean that when he says "Yo bebo agua."
Yeah, usually there would be some sort of context to it -- "I drink water (after a workout)" perhaps.
The verb has nothing to do with the noun, only with the subject (here: the pronoun).
"Yo bebo" is one thing, and "agua" is another thing, they are nothing to do.
It's alwyas "yo bebo" (or "bebo") whatever you're a female or a male, verbs agree with the pronoun, not with the gender of the person.