In the previous Verbs course, we went through conjugation rules and how to conjugate in the tú form (you form) in the present tense by saying things such as you eat and introducing questions in Spanish.
This course will teach you how to conjugate verbs in the él/ella/usted form (he/she/you formal form), the nosotros/nosotras form (we form) and the ellos/ellas form (they form) and enable you to ask even more questions in Spanish and expand your speaking ability by being able to talk about other people as well.
Let’s keep it consistent and use comer again in this course (a regular ER verb).
Comer is the Spanish verb meaning to eat.
The conjugation for comer can be found at Conjugating ER Verbs, but again – let’s stay in the present tense for now and not get ahead of ourselves just yet!
you eat (formal)
¿él come pasta?
does he eat pasta?
¿ella come pasta?
does she eat pasta?
¿usted come pasta?
do you eat pasta? (formal)
So there, we have the he/she/usted form covered!
Let’s move on to the nosotros/nosotras form, or as we know it – the we form.
we eat (if we are males and females, or just males)
we eat (if we are all female)
¿nosotros comemos pasta?
do we eat pasta? (if we are males and females or just males)
¿nosotras comemos pasta?
do we eat pasta? (if we are all female)
You’ll get used to the gender change, it’s easier than it looks.
Now onto the ellos/ellas form,
they eat (if they are males and females, or just males)
they eat (if they are all female)
¿ellos comen pasta?
do they pasta? (if they are males and females or just males)
¿ellas comen pasta?
do they eat pasta? (if they are all female)
Can you see the pattern? It’s the same logic as nosotros and nosotras.
Keep practising with other verbs and it will be saved to your memory in no time!
As mentioned in Verbs Two, Don’t forget the upside-down question mark at the start of your question though! Think of the question marks as pieces of bread and the sentence as your sandwich filler.
Move onto Verbs Four where we introduce different tenses in Spanish!