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What are some Spanish "-ar" verbs?

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Examples of Spanish "-ar" verbs include "hablar" ("to speak"), "mejorar" ("to improve"), "enseñar" ("to teach"), "preguntar" ("to ask") and "aumentar" ("to increase"). These types of verbs are one of the three different types in Spanish, with the other two types being "-er" and "-ir" verbs.

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Spanish verbs are conjugated by person. For example, "yo hablo" means "I speak," and "tú hablas" means "you speak." Although the word has the same meaning, it is said differently. To conjugate "-ar" verbs in the present tense, the "-ar" must first be dropped. For "I," "o" is added. "Yo hablo" means "I speak." For "tú," the informal, singular way of saying "you," "as" is added. "Tú hablas" means "you speak."

For "he," "she" or the formal way of saying "you," "a" is added. "Él/ella/usted habla" means "he/she speaks" or "you speak." For "we," "amos" is added. "Nosotros hablamos" means "we speak." For "vosotros," the informal, plural way of saying "you," "áis" is added. "Vosotros habláis" means "you speak." For "they" or "ustedes," the formal, plural way of saying "you," "an" is added. "Ellos/ellas hablan" means "they speak" and "ustedes hablan" means "you speak."

Verbs must be conjugated for all these in other tenses as well, such as the past tense or the future tense. For example, "yo hablé" means "I spoke" and "yo hablaré" means "I will speak."

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