Spanish languageSpanish Verbs - Regular -AR Verbs

There are 5 main kinds of verbs in Spanish: -AR, -ER, -IR, stem-changing, and irregular. Once you've learned the rules of conjugation for each of the first three kinds of verbs, you should have no problem conjugating regular verbs in each of those categories. The biggest category of verbs is those that end in -AR.

Here are some of the many -AR verbs that you will soon be able to conjugate:

amar to love
ayudar to help
bailar to dance
cambiar to change
cantar to sing
dejar to leave
entrar to enter
esperar to wait, hope
expresar to express
ganar to win, earn
gastar to spend, waste
hablar to speak
lavar to wash
limpiar to clean
llamar to call
llevar to take, to wear
mandar to order
marchar to walk
mirar to watch, look
montar to climb
nadar to swim
olvidar to forget
pagar to pay
parar to stop
preparar to prepare
quedar to stay
tirar to pull, draw
tomar to take, drink
trabajar to work
viajar to travel

The verb form that ends in -ARis called the infinitive. -ARis the infinitive ending. The English infinitive has the word "to" in front of the verb. The verb without the -ARis called the stem or radical.

To conjugate an -AR verb, remove the infinitive ending and then add the appropriate endings, as follows:

Singular

Plural

1st person     yo -o nosotros -amos
2nd person -as vosotros -áis
3rd person él -a ellos -an

Thus to conjugate hablar, you would remove the infinitive ending to find the radical habl- and then add the appropriate endings:

HABLAR

Singular

Plural

1st person    yo hablo nosotros hablamos
2nd person hablas vosotros habláis
3rd person él habla ellos hablan

Note that the conjugations for -AR, -ER, and -IR verbs are very similar. Where -AR verbs have an A, -ER verbs have an E. -IR verbs are identical to -ER verbs except in the nosotros and vosotros forms.

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