2 Tener- To haveThe Spanish verb tener translates to English as: to haveThis verb is considered irregular; it does not follow the pattern as regular “ER” verbsIt is best to memorize the conjugations because there is no pattern to follow
3 The conjugations of Tener Yo TengoNosotros TenemosTú TienesÉl/Ella/Ud. TieneEllos/Ellas/Uds. Tienen
4 Look closely at the Yo form In the Yo form of tener, the letter g appears:Yo Tengo(I have)
5 Notice the letter IAfter the Yo form we see the appearance of the letter I in the tú, él/ella/ud, and ella/ellas/uds. forms:Tú tienes (you have)Él tiene (he has)Ellos tienen (they have)
6 The Nosotros FormThe nosotros form of the verb tener does NOT have the letter I:Nosotros tenemos (we have)
7 Special uses of Tener in Spanish In Spanish, the verb tener is used in certain situations that the verb “to be” is used in English:AgeHunger/Thirst
8 Age ¿Cuántos años tienes? (how old are you) Tengo quince años. (I am fifteen years old)The above sentences loosely translate into English as: How many years do you have? & I have fifteen years.
9 Hambre/SedAs with age, it is necessary to use tener when discussing hunger and thirst.¿Tienes tú hambre? (are you hungry)Si, tengo hambre. (yes, I am hungry)Tengo sed. (I am thirsty)
10 ¿Hay preguntas?Remember that you are always welcome to contact your instructor with any questions that you may have!¡Buena suerte!