Wondering what the title means? Enemigo is the Spanish word for enemy and there is no easy way to put this, but at the moment, the Spanish verb ir, meaning to go is your enemigo, or your enemy.

Are you lost? Let me explain. The verb ir is probably the most irregular verb in Spanish, it’s almost as irregular as a tortoise driving a bus. Most conjugations of ir, you will memorise by practising them, so don’t worry. I also have a little rule to help you, but make sure you read this first, Conjugating Estar.

Now you might be thinking, what has Estar got to do with this? Well, here’s a little story. Never in my life have I seen Ser, Estar and Ir taught together or compared to each other and I honestly don’t know why.

Here’s a little trick that you’re going to love. If you can conjugate Estar in the present tense, then guess what amigos? You can conjugate ir in the present tense too!

If this verb was a regular verb, and we wanted the stem… Well, we would have nothing. The infinitive is also a verb ending, which can make this verb even more confusing. I can’t stress this enough, learning Ser, Estar and Ir are extremely important in Spanish as you will use at least one of them in almost every Spanish sentence.

Here are the conjugation tables for ir – Conjugating Ir. However, I am also going to display the tables in this post, and you will see why in a moment.

Here is the present tense conjugation table for ir. The stem of ir in the present tense is V.

Personal PronounConjugationEnglish Translation
YovoyI am going / I go
vasYou are going / You go
Él / Ella / UstedvaHe / She is going or go (or formal for you are going or you go)
Nosotros / NosotrasvamosWe are going / We go
Ellos / EllasvanThey are going / They go

Okay… So where does Estar come into it? Let’s take a look…

Personal PronounConjugationEnglish Translation
YoestoyI am
estásYou are
Él / Ella / UstedestáHe / She is (or formal for you are)
Nosotros / NosotrasestamosWe are
Ellos / EllasestánThey are

Now, do you see what I mean? Do you see how identical they are? We have two stems, est and v. They are conjugated in the same way, but without the accent on the a in its  and ellos/ellas forms.

Let’s put our new knowledge to use!

Voy al restaurante
I am going to the restaurant

¿Vas al restaurante?
Are you going to the restaurant?

¿Va al restaurante?
Is he/she/you (formal) going to the restaurant?

Vamos al restaurante
We are going to the restaurant

¿Vamos al restaurante?
Are we going to the restaurant?

That’s it on this subject! We will take a further look at ir soon when we start to use it in different tenses!

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