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Grammar - Verbs 2K Run!

This Spanish Medium Review quiz will take an athletic approach to conjugating verbs. First up, a verbs 2K run! To begin, learning to conjugate verbs is probably the hardest part about learning Spanish, especially so at the very beginning. Here in the Spanish Medium Review series of quizzes you are getting hit with not only a large number of new verbs but with being able to conjugate those verbs in both the present and the past tense. It’s almost enough to pull your hair out. Please don’t. Take a deep breath and you will get through all of the verbs – one at a time.

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Because there are so many verbs and ways to conjugate them, there are many quizzes throughout this series that will focus on those verbs. The nouns, adjectives, adverbs, definite articles, indefinite article, etc. fall into place pretty nicely and we want to be able to use them with all of those verbs. Therefore, as stated above, this will be the first quiz in a series of athletic verb quizzes. It will be the easiest as there will be fewer verbs to work with. The other quizzes in this athletic series will include Grammar: Verbs Marathon!, Grammar: Verbs Triathlon! and Grammar: Verbs Olympics!.

Each quiz in this athletic series will provide you with more and more Spanish verbs to study and conjugate. If a verb is regular in either the present tense or the past tense, you will not be provided with its conjugation. You will only be provided with the verb’s conjugation when it is an irregular verb. Should any verb be regular in both present and past tenses – only the verb and its meaning is given – no conjugation will be shown as you should be able to easily conjugate regular verbs in both tenses at this point. If you do have difficulty, please go back and check out the verb conjugations in both the Spanish Easy Review quiz series, as well as here in the Spanish Medium Review quiz series. Now for your 2K run of verbs!

NECESITAR (to need): (regular in both present and past tenses)

LANZAR (to throw): (regular in present / irregular in past)

  • Past Tense: (yo) lancé; (tú) lanzaste; (él/ella/usted/lo) lanzó; (nosotros/as) lanzamos; (vosotros/as) lanzasteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) lanzaron

QUERER (to want): (irregular in present / irregular in past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) quiero; (tú) quieres; (él/ella/usted/lo) quiere; (nosotros/as) queremos; (vosotros/as) queréis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) quieren
  • Past Tense: (yo) quise; (tú) quisiste; (él/ella/usted/lo) quiso; (nosotros/as) quisimos; (vosotros/as) quisisteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) quisieron

AÑADIR (to add): (regular in both present and past tenses)

ENSEÑAR (to teach): (regular in both present and past tenses)

ODIAR (to hate): (regular in both present and past tenses)

RECORDAR (to remember): (irregular in present / regular in past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) recuerdo; (tú) recuerdas; (él/ella/usted/lo) recuerda; (nosotros/as) recordamos; (vosotros/as) recordáis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) recuerdan

REMAR (to row): (regular in both present and past tenses)

DESLIZAR (to slide): (regular in present / irregular in past)

  • Past Tense: (yo) deslicé; (tú) deslizaste; (él/ella/usted/lo) deslizó; (nosotros/as) deslizamos; (vosotros/as) deslizasteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) deslizaron

Below in the quiz section you will find ten sentences with each sentence having a verb that is shown in all capitalized letters. From the answers provided, see how quickly you can locate the correct Spanish verb and form that translates the capitalized verb.

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  1. Jacob NEEDED to be home by 10:00 PM.
    This sentence has a past tense verb. The first and second answers are present tense forms of the verb so they can be eliminated. Next you need to determine which pronoun is needed to replace Jacob. That would be he. The third answer is the past tense verb for 'you needed' (singular familiar) and is, therefore, not correct. The last answer translates as 'he needed'.
  2. They ADDED up all of the money that they had collected from the bake sale.
    This sentence has a past tense verb. The first, second and last answers all show the present tense form of the verb although the second answer is for both the present and past tense of this verb. However, it means 'we add' and/or 'we added' so it is not correct as the pronoun is they. The third answer is the past tense verb for 'they added'.
  3. Margaret looks so graceful as she SLIDES across the ice.
    This sentence has a present tense verb. The first and last answers show the past tense forms so they can be eliminated. Next you need to determine which pronoun is needed to replace Margaret. That would be she. The third answer shows the present tense verb for 'they slide'. Therefore, it can also be eliminated. The second answer shows the present tense verb for 'she slides'.
  4. I HATE liver and spinach.
    This sentence has a present tense verb. The third answer shows the past tense form so it can be eliminated. The given pronoun is I. The second answer is the verb for 'you (singular formal)/he/she/it hates' making it incorrect. The last answer is the verb for 'you hate' (plural familiar). It, too, can be eliminated. The first answer is the verb for 'I hate'.
  5. You REMEMBERED to lock the door before you left, right? (Plural familiar)
    This sentence has a past tense verb. The second and third answers are both present tense verb forms. The pronoun has been provided as 'you', as well as the hint that it needs to be in the plural familiar form. The last answer show the verb in the singular formal form making it incorrect. The correct answer for 'you remembered' in the plural familiar form is recordasteis.
  6. We ROW on the Charles River.
    This sentence has a present tense verb. The second answer shows the past tense form so it can be eliminated. The pronoun 'we' has been given. The first answer is the verb form for 'they row'. That is not correct. The last answer is the verb form for 'you row' (plural familiar). That is also not correct. The third answer is the verb form for 'we row'.
  7. The boys WANTED to go to the beach after school.
    This sentence has a past tense verb. The first and second answers each show the present tense form. Next you need to determine the pronoun that can be used in place of the boys. This would be they. The last answer is the verb for 'we wanted' so it is not correct. The third answer is the verb for 'they wanted'.
  8. Mrs. Peach TAUGHT school for over 43 years!
    This sentence has a past tense verb. The first and third answers are the present tense form of the verb so they can each be eliminated. The second answer is showing the wrong ending for an AR verb making it a misspelling here. Next is to determine the pronoun that can replace Mrs. Peach. This would be she. The last answer is the verb for 'she taught'.
  9. Jessie REMEMBERS his grandmother very well.
    This is a present tenses verb. The first, third and last answers each show the past tense forms of this verb making each of them incorrect. The pronoun that needs to be used to replace Jessie is he. The second answer is the verb for 'he remembers'.
  10. There was a lot of controversy that the team THREW the game.
    This is a past tense verb. The first and last answers show the present tense forms so they can be eliminated. Next you need to determine the proper pronoun for the team. Be careful here. You might first believe it to be 'they' but that is not correct. The team is a singular object. It is not a 'he, she or you' but it is an 'it'. Therefore, it is an indirect object pronoun and the verb for the indirect object pronoun here would be 'lanzó' for 'it threw' the game. What is 'it'? 'The team.'

Author: Christine G. Broome

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