In our 3rd installment of essential verbs (dar and tener), today we will look at the Spanish verb “Hacer”. By its translation: to make/ to do – you can see that it is one of the most common verbs while speaking Spanish. We’ll look at the quick and easy conjugation, some examples in sentences, and finally the ever-so-important “alternate uses” which as you will find out, are just as important as its “basic” meaning.
In our second piece on three verbs (Dar, Tener, and Hacer) to discuss their main uses, but more importantly (and more interestingly) their alternate usages. Today we will focus today on the verb “tener” which in English is “to have”.
Today we’ll start with a high-level over view of one of the most essential verbs in Spanish: the verb “dar“, which is in English means “to give”. The second part contains a handful of extremely useful common expressions used in everyday spoken Spanish – completely must-learns for the serious Spanish learners!
Yo doy – I give
Tú das – You give
Él/ella da – He/she gives
Nosotros damos – We give
Ellos/ellas dan – They give
Ustedes dan – You(pl) give
Ella da una explicación al director. – She gives an explanation to the principal.
Nosotros damos muchos regalos a los niños. – We give many gifts to the children.
Tú das la tarea a la maestra. – You give the homework to the teacher.
Yo doy las reglas a los estudiantes. – I give students the rules.
Pretty basic stuff…
…But there are also Spanish expressions that use the verb “dar”, and once you have learned the above which shouldn’t take too long – the below is the more interesting and essential stuff about DAR.
The difference between “por and para” after the difference between ser and estar, is one of the biggest problems that the students face when they study Spanish
The difference between these two words is large, but even so – Spanish students tend to mix them up time and time again. In most cases “por and para” means “for”, which obviously is a very common word in both languages, but they can also take on meanings that extend beyond this, all which I will detail below.
Gracias por venir. – Thanks for coming.
Los chocolates son para los niños. – The chocolates are for kids.