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Review: el Condicional Simple Posted by on Oct 21, 2010

We use the condicional simple to express: 1. desire Me encantaría ir a Barcelona. – I would love to go to Barcelona. 2. advice Yo que tú, lo haría lo más pronto posible. – If I were you, I would do it as soon as possible. 3. probability Creo que no aceptaría la invitación. –…

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Time expressions in the past Posted by on Feb 2, 2009

Spanish has several verb tenses to express the past; two of them are Pretérito Perfecto Compuesto (present perfect simple) and Pretérito Perfecto Simple (simple past). This is how to distinguish them: Pretérito Perfecto Compuesto is normally accompanied by expressions that refer to the present time. The reason for this is that this tense describes a…

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The future… the future? Posted by on Aug 18, 2008

Let’s talk a bit about the future in Spanish. There are two basic forms: the first one is a specific verb conjugation called the simple future (futuro simple). For example, the verb estar (estaré, estarás, estará, estaremos, estaréis, estarán) in the simple future tense is equivalent in English to the form “will” (I will be…

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Verbs in -ducir Posted by on Jul 18, 2008

We know that a suffix is often added to a word stem to create new words, but that isn’t always the case. Let’s take the example of the suffix –ducir in Spanish and some verbs formed with it: conducir, reducir, deducir, etc. Such verbs are derived from Latin ducere, which meant “to lead”. The examples…

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Expressions with TOMAR Posted by on Jun 20, 2008

Tomar is a very common verb in Spanish. Here are some uses and expressions with it. 1. to take Tomó el libro en las manos. – He took the book in his hands. El camarero no ha querido tomar la propina que le daba. – The waiter didn’t want to take the tip he was…

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