Present Tense – Exercises

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Exercise

Regular verbs. Type in the verb in the present tense.

  1. Hoy Luis y María (comer)  con nosotros.[Today Luis and María are eating with us.]|verb ending in er, 3rd person plural → …en
  2. ¿Desde cuándo (cantar/tú)  en el coro?[Since when do you sing in the chorus?]|verb ending in ar, 2nd person singular → …as
  3. (sacudir/yo)  el mantel.[I shake out the tablecloth.]|verb ending in ir, 1st person singular → …o
  4. (patinar/nosotros)  como profesionales.[We skate like experts.]|verb ending in ar, 1st person plural → …amos
  5. Estos niños (toser)  continuamente.[These children are constantly coughing.]|verb ending in er, 3rd person plural → …en

Irregular verbs. Type in the verbs in the present tense..

  1. Mañana (venir/yo)  a buscarte.[I’ll pick you up tomorrow.]|We add a g before the ending in the 1st person singular.
  2. Primero (cocer/tú)  la carne.[First, you cook the meat.]|In the singular and the 3rd person plural, the root vowel changes (o → ue).|see List of irregular verbs
  3. Andrés (sustituir)  a la maestra.[Andrés substitutes for the teacher.]|For verbs ending in uir, we have to add a y before endings that don’t start with i.
  4. ¿Por qué no (cerrar/ellos)  la ventana?[Why don’t they close the window?]|In the singular and the 3rd person plural, the root vowel changes (e → ie).|see List of irregular verbs
  5. (tener/yo)  que hacer la compra.[I have to go shopping.]|We add a g before the ending in the 1st person singular.

All verbs. Type in the verbs in the present tense..

  1. Esta mañana (acabar/nosotros)  el trabajo.[We’ll finish the work this morning.]|regular verb ending in ar
  2. ¡Tampoco (conducir/yo)  tan mal![I’m not that bad a driver either!]|For verbs that end in ducir, we add a z before the c in the 1st person singular.
  3. El profesor (evaluar)  a los alumnos.[The teacher grades the pupils.]|verb ending in uar: for many verbs ending in uar, we have to add an accent on the u in the singular and the 3rd person plural.
  4. (dirigir/yo)  la orquesta.[I conduct the orchestra.]|To preserve the pronunciation, the g becomes a j in the 1st person singular.
  5. (llamarse/ellos)  Cristina y Pedro.[They call Cristina and Pedro.]|regular verb ending in ar