Tener
To Have
The Conjugation of Tener
The verb Tener is an irregular verb that generally means to
have. It is conjugated as seen here:
Yo tengo
Tú tienes
Él, Ella, Ud. tiene
Nosotros tenemos
Vosotros tenéis
Ellos, Ellas, Uds. tienen
Regular Usage of Tener
Tener is generally used to show possession.
Examples:
Maria tiene dos gatos.
Maria has two cats.
Los estudíantes tienen mucho tarea.
The students have a lot of
homework.
Using Tener Negatively
Although Tener is an irregular verb, using it in a
negative sentence is much the same as with
regular verbs.
Place the word no directly before the verb:
Yo no tengo un gato; yo tengo un perro.
I don’t have a cat; I have a dog.
Other of Tener
In Spanish, the verb Tener is used the way that the
verb To Be is used in English. We refer to these
uses of Tener as idiomatic expressions.
In Spanish instead of saying that one is cold, warm,
tired, afraid, in a hurry, or other feelings, we say
that one has these feelings.
Idiomatic Expressions with
Tener
Tener frío – to be cold
Yo siempre tengo frío en el invierno.
I am always cold in the winter.
Tener calor- to be warm/hot
Él tiene calor en el verano.
He is warm in the summer.
Idiomatic Expressions with
Tener
Tener sueño – to be sleepy
Andrés tiene sueño.
Andrew is sleepy.
Tener suerte – to be lucky
Tú tienes muchos buenos amigos,
tienes suerte.
You have many good friends, you
are very lucky.
Idiomatic Expressions with
Tener
Tener hambre- to be hungry
El perro siempre tiene hambre.
The dog is always hungry.
Tener sed – to be thirsty
Hace mucho calor hoy, tengo sed.
It’s very hot today, I’m thirsty.
Idiomatic Expressions with
Tener
Tener prisa – to be in a hurry
La clase empienza a las ocho, tenemos prisa.
The class begins at eight, we are in a hurry.
Tener (#) años – to be (#) years old
Esteban tiene quince años.
Steve is 15 years old.
Idiomatic Expressions with
Tener
Tener razón – to be right; correct
Sí, dos y dos son cuatro, tiene razón.
Yes, two and two are four, you are correct.
No tener razón – to be wrong, incorrect
No, dos y trés no son dos;
no tienes razón.
No, two and three are not two;
you are incorrect.
Idiomatic Expressions with
Tener
Tener miedo de – to be afraid of (always used
with a noun)
La chica tiene miedo de las arañas.
The girl is afraid of spiders.
Idiomatic Expressions with
Tener
Tener miedo a – to be afraid of doing (always used
with a verb)
El niño tiene miedo a no pasar el examen.
The boy is afraid of not passing the test.
Idiomatic Expressions with
Tener
Review of Idiomatic Expression List:
Tener frío
To be cold
Tener calor
To be warm/hot
Tener sueñoTo be sleepy
Tener suerte
To be lucky
Tener hambre
To be hungry
Tener sed
To be thirsty
Tener prisa
To be in a hurry
Tener (#) años
To be (#) years old
Idiomatic Expressions with
Tener
Review of Idiomatic Expression List:
Tener razón
No tener razón
Tener miedo de
To be right; correct
To be wrong; incorrect
To be afraid of (always used with a
noun)
Tener miedo a To be afraid of doing (always used
with a verb)
Descargar

Tener