Verbs are the life of every sentence. In English, our verbs are a bit of a mess—they have all sorts of different endings. If you didn’t already know what a word meant, you would probably have no idea it was a verb.
In Spanish, things are a lot simpler. Every single verb ends in –ar, -er, or -ir.
Verbs that end in ar: Caminar (to walk), hablar (to speak), cantar (to sing)
Verbs that end in er: Comer (to eat), ver (to see), beber (to drink)
Verbs that end in ir: Vivir (to live), abril (to open), escribir (to write)
There are, of course, many irregular verbs, but most of them fit into some category that will help you remember how to conjugate them. In general, there are a lot of similarities between how verbs work in the different tenses in Spanish, with just little tweaks here and there. In this section, you’ll learn the basics you need to know to conjugate regular and irregular verbs, and talk about events in the past, present and future. Let’s get started!