The Verb Tener

When it comes to verbs in Spanish we know we don’t have it quite easy, but we got you covered. Here we’ll show you how to conjugate The Verb Tener in the simple present.

verb tener in spanish by Como Digo

This verb means to have and it is also used a wide variety of expressions in Spanish. For example, in Spanish we use this verb instead of the verb to be when we talk about age, being hungry, thirsty and sleepy.

Here’s a chart on how to conjugate it in the Simple Present :

Yo tengoI have
tienesYou have (casual)
Él tieneHe has
Ella tieneShe has
Usted tieneYou have (formal)
Nosotros tenemosWe have
Ustedes tienenYou have (plural)
Ellos/Ellas tienenThey have (masc./fem.)


  • Yo tengo un perro y un gato. (I have a dog and a cat.)
  • Tú tienes cuatro hermanos. (You have four brothers.)
  • Él tiene sueño. (He is sleepy.)
  • Ella tiene hambre. (She is hungry.)
  • Usted tiene 50 años. (You are 50 years old.)
  • Nosotros tenemos un departamento. (We have an apartment.)
  • Ustedes tienen una reservación. (You have a reservation.)
  • Ellos tienen sed. (They are thirsty.)

Remember that with subjects: yo, tú, and nosotros we can drop the pronoun and say the sentences only with the verb because its conjugation implies who we are refering to. So in those cases we can simply say: “Tengo un perro y un gato.”, “Tienes cuatro hermanos.”, and “Tenemos un departamento.”, respectively.

Video – The Verb Tener conjugated

Check out this video to practice the pronunciation, we highly recommend you say the words you’ve learned aloud so that you can imitate the sounds better.

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