The present tense of the Spanish verb tener is one of those tenses that is an absolute necessity to know well. Tener present tense formation combine two common forms of irregular verb structure.

Firstly it is known as a ‘go’ irregular which is the name given to Spanish irregular verbs that end in -go in the first person singular of the present tense and…secondly, it is an e’ to ‘ie’ verb, which means that the e in the stem of the verb changes to ‘ie’ in the second and third person singular and third person plural.

If that sounds a little confusing do not worry as the conjugation table below shows these irregularities of tener present tense very clearly.

However, learning the present tense of tener can be made even easier still by utilizing a verb training tool called the Verbarrator for which you can find more information here if you want to learn more about learning Spanish verbs better and much more quickly.

Tener Present Tense Conjugation

  • 1st person singular (yo) tengo - I have
  • 2nd person singular (tú) tienes – you have
  • 3rd person singular (él/ella/usted) tiene – he/she has and you have
  • 1st person plural (nosotros/as) tenemos – we have
  • 2nd person plural (vosotros/as) teneís – you have
  • 3rd person plural (ellos/ellas/ustedes) tienen – they/you have

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