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Grammar - Verbs Marathon!

This Spanish Medium Review quiz will continue on with an athletic approach to conjugating verbs. Here we begin with a verbs marathon! The first quiz was Grammar: Verbs 2K Run!. If you have not already taken that quiz, please do so now as its introduction will give you a little more information about this series of athletic quizzes.

You were given a number of new and old verbs to conjugate in the first athletic quiz, however, you were only given the conjugations of the irregular verbs according to their present or past tense. The first quiz was only a 2K run. Now you are in a marathon so it is going to take a little more effort on your part to remember a lot more verbs. Don’t panic. Warm up your brain muscle – do some stretches (review, repeat, review, repeat) and then jog up to the starting line. BANG you’re off….

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COMENZAR (to begin): (irregular in present / irregular in past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) comienzo; (tú) comienzas; (él/ella/usted/lo) comienza; (nosotros/as) comenzamos; (vosotros/as) comenzáis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) comienzan
  • Past Tense: (yo) comencé; (tú) comenzaste; (él/ella/usted/lo) comenzó; (nosotros/as) comenzamos; (vosotros/as) comenzasteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) comenzaron

COGER (to catch): (irregular in present / regular in past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) cojo; (tú) coges; (él/ella/usted/lo) coge; (nosotros/as) cogemos; (vosotros/as) cogéis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) cogen

BORRAR (to erase/delete): (regular in both present and past tenses)

ARDER (to burn): (regular in both present and past tenses)

VENDER (to sell): (regular in both present and past tenses)

CANTAR (to sing): (regular in both present and past tenses)

IMAGINAR (to imagine): (regular in both present and past tenses)

VIAJAR (to travel): (regular in both present and past tenses)

TALADRAR (to drill): (regular in both present and past tenses)

TIRAR (to pull): (regular in both present and past tenses)

HORNEAR (to bake): (regular in both present and past tenses)

AMUEBLAR (to furnish): (regular in both present and past tenses)

Note that most of these verbs are regular verbs in both the present and past tense. Now onto the quiz section.

The quiz contains 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 underlined verb.

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  1. The coach DRILLED the players on all of the new rules.
    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 the coach. That would be he. The last answer is the past tense verb for 'I drilled' which is not correct. The third answer translates as 'he drilled'.
  2. My grandmother BAKES bread every morning.
    This sentence has a present tense verb. The third and last answers show the past tense forms so they can both be eliminated. Next you need to determine the correct pronoun for my grandmother. That would be she. The first answer shows the verb form for 'you bake' (singular familiar). That is not correct. The second answer shows the verb form for 'she bakes'.
  3. They SANG at the Nursing Home on Saturday.
    This sentence has a past tense verb. The first and last answers show the present tense form of the verbs although the last answer is also the past tense of the verb as it can mean 'we sing' or 'we sang'. However, it is still not correct. The pronoun provided is they. The second answer is the verb form for 'you sang' (singular familiar) making it incorrect. The third answer is the verb form for 'they sang'.
  4. You IMAGINE becoming rich one day. (singular familiar)
    This sentence has a present tense verb. The first and second answers show the past tense forms so they can both be eliminated. The pronoun 'you' (singular familiar) is given. The third answer is the verb form for 'you imagine' (plural familiar), therefore, it is not correct. The last answer is the verb form for 'you imagine' (singular familiar).
  5. I BEGAN my new job last month.
    This sentence has a present tense verb. It is also an irregular verb in both the present and past tense. The first, second and last answers are all misspellings of this verb making them each incorrect. The pronoun I has been given. The third answer is the verb form for 'I began'.
  6. We ERASED all evidence of the crime.
    This sentence has a past tense verb. All answers contain a past tense form of the verb. The given pronoun is 'we'. The second answer is the verb for 'you erased' (singular familiar). The third answer is the verb form for 'they erased'. The last answer is the verb form for 'you erased' (plural familiar). Neither of these is correct. The first answer is the verb form for 'we erased'.
  7. The landlord FURNISHED the apartment for me.
    This sentence has a past tense verb. The second and third answers show the present tense forms so they can both be eliminated. Next you need to determine the proper pronoun that can replace the landlord. That would be he. The first answer is the verb form for 'I furnished' making it incorrect. The last answer is the verb form for 'he furnished'.
  8. I CATCH a cold easily.
    This sentence has a present tense verb. The first answer shows the past tense form of this verb for 'I caught' which is not correct. The third and last answers are both misspelled usages of this verb making them both incorrect. The second answer is the verb form for 'I catch'.
  9. Garth, Richard and I TRAVELED to Disneyland for our class vacation.
    This sentence has a past tense verb. The first answer shows the present tense form of the verb making it incorrect. Next you need to determine the proper pronoun that can replace Garth, Richard and I. Since I is included, the proper pronoun is 'we'. The second answer is the verb form for 'you traveled' (plural familiar) and the last answer is the verb form for 'they traveled'. That is also not correct. The third answer is the verb form for 'we traveled'.
  10. The class PULLS tricks on the teacher all the time.
    This sentence has a present tense verb. The second, third and last answers are each the past forms of the verb making them all incorrect. Next you need to determine the proper pronoun for the class. Be careful here. You might first believe it to be they but that is not correct. The class 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 'tira' for 'it pulls' tricks. What is 'it'? 'The class.'

Author: Christine G. Broome

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