Master Spanish present tense [free course included]

The Spanish present tense (presente de indicativo) is one of the first verb tenses that you’re going to study as a Spanish learner. It’s the basic verb tense with which you’re going to communicate in almost every daily situation and in some other real life situations.

The Spanish present tense has several uses in Spanish and, just as any other verb tense, some verbs are regular or irregular. The Spanish present tense conjugation is quite simple for regular verbs and easy to memorize. You just have to practice a little bit to memorize the verb forms. With irregular verbs you will have to know what type of irregularities exist and learn how verbs belonging to each irregularity are conjugated.

After all of this explanation, I’m going to show you how it works. In this post, I will focus on regular verbs but don’t worry about irregular verbs because I’ll write about them in more detail in another post so you can read everything you need to know about irregular verbs in present.

Spanish present tense conjugations

To conjugate regular verbs in Spanish present tense you just have to add some verb endings to the main part of the verb. Unlike in English, these verb endings are different for each person.

INFO: For this reason, in Spanish is NOT necessary to always write the subject of the verb. The verb endings indicate whose person we are referring to.

Now I’m going to show you what the regular verbs endings in Spanish present tense are:

Spanish present tense endings 

The Spanish present tense endings change depending on the conjugation. That is, for the verbs ending in –AR, the verb endings are different to the verbs ending in –ER and those ending in –IR. Next, I’ll show you which the verb endings for each conjugations are.


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Video to practice conjugation


The uses are similar to the English present simple. As a summary the uses are:

  1. To express actions we usually do. What we usually know as “daily routine”

Ejemplo: Todas las mañanas tomo un café con leche

  1. To express a true fact

La tierra gira alrededor del sol

  1. To ask and give general information, asking for and tell the time included.

¿Cuántas manzanas llevas en la bolsa? Llevo un kilo


If you want to learn more about this, I’ve created a free course with video lessons and online practice exercises. You can read more about this free Spanish present tense course.

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