3.D Present tense of tener and other expressions of tener

The verb tener ,which means to have or to posses, is an irregular -er verb. Note how in the first person, the verb ends in go. This irregularity makes the entire verb an irregular verb.

Yo tengo
El, ella, usted tiene
Nosotros, nostras tenemos
Vosotros, vosotras tenéis
Ellos, ellas, ustedes tienen

Yo tengo muchos amigos.                 I have a lot of friends.

Nosotros tenemos tarea.                 We have homework.


The verb tener + que + infinitive

One of the special, idiomatic uses of tener is with the conjuction que plus an infinitive to express the idea of to have to (do something).  Make sure to always conjugate tener when using this type of idiomatic expressions.

Vosotros tenéis que estudiar.                                                       You have to study.

Ellos tienen que ir a clase a las tres de la tarde.                  They have to go to class at three in the afternoon.


Other expressions of tener

As mentioned above, the verb tener means to have or to posses, but there are certain expression in the Spanish language that use tener.  There are other common expressions that use tener where English uses the verb to be.  Note that many of these refer to things we might feel, such as hunger, thirst, cold, etc. Here are some illustrations on these type of expressions.

Here are the most common expressions of tener.

Tener calor
El tiene calor


Tener frío
El tiene mucho frío



Tener sueño
Sleepy tiene sueño.
Tener hambre
Marcos tiene hambre


Tener sed
Ellos tienen mucha sed.
Tener miedo
Ella tiene miedo.
Tener prisa.
El conejo blanco tiene prisa.
Tener cuidado
El niño no tiene cuidado.
Tener razón.
El juez no tiene razón.



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