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Keeping Busy

In this Spanish Medium Review picture quiz you will be keeping busy on seeing just how well you know your verbs and their action state. In fact, this quiz will be just one quiz in a series of several quizzes that will focus your attention on verbs. It is important to recognize verbs quickly. This includes knowing which pronoun form of the verb to use, which tense to use, whether the verb is being used in the context of a command or whether the verb is an active verb or an inactive verb.

As is often mentioned here, in order to learn a principal, concept, rule, etc., it takes lots and lots of practice. The more you practice, the quicker everything else will come to you. One trick is to not to overthink things for too long. Try to relax and let the brain do its work. In other words – keep the brain busy while you relax! Comfy? Good! Then please begin the quiz and don’t forget to look at the pictures to help you out as you look for the Spanish translation of the capitalized verbs.

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  1. 'LOOK at the birdie!' said the photographer.
    Pay attention to the context of the capitalized verb. A command is being given here as you are asked to look. When a command is given the base form of the verb is used. The Spanish verb for to look is mirar.
  2. Would you please ADD me to your list of contacts.
    Pay attention to the context of the capitalized verb. A command is being given here as you are being asked to add. When a command is given the base form of the verb is used. The Spanish verb for to add is añadir.
  3. The pool looks so enticing to DIVE head first into!
    Since you can see the word 'to' before the capitalized verb you know that verb will be in its base form. The Spanish verb for to dive is bucear.
  4. The children and I KEPT the sea shells we found.
    The capitalized verb in this sentence is in the past tense. The first and second answers show present tense verbs so they can be eliminated. Next you need to determine the proper pronoun form for the 'children and I'. Whenever 'I' is included the pronoun form will be we. The Spanish verb for we kept is guardamos”. This is the same spelling in both the present and past tenses.
  5. I KNOW where you are hiding!
    The capitalized verb here is in the present tense and the pronoun has been provided. The Spanish verb for I know is sé.
  6. It looks like he is finally going to ask her to MARRY him!
    Since you can see the word 'to' before the capitalized verb you know that verb will be in its base form. The Spanish verb for to marry is casar.
  7. Mrs. Evans always loves to HANG baskets of flowers.
    Since you can see the word 'to' before the capitalized verb you know that verb will be in its base form. The Spanish verb for to hang is colgar.
  8. A mysterious fan PRESENTED the actress with a bouquet of red roses.
    The capitalized verb here is in the past tense. The first and last answers show present tense verbs so they can be eliminated. Next you need to determine the pronoun that can replace a mysterious fan. That would be he as we do not know if the fan is male or female. The Spanish verb for he presented is presentó.
  9. The object of the game in tug-of-war is to PULL a rope away from your opponent.
    Since you can see the word 'to' before the capitalized verb you know that verb will be in its base form. The Spanish verb for to pull is tirar.
  10. It was official and she could not wait any longer to SHOW everyone her engagement ring!
    Since you can see the word 'to' before the capitalized verb you know that verb will be in its base form. The Spanish verb for to show is mostrar.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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