Lesson 17: Spanish verbs that end in ER (Videos 1 & 2)

Spanish verbs that end in ER (2nd category of Spanish verbs)


As we have mentioned in Lesson 8 (1st classification of Spanish verbs: verbs that end with AR) Spanish verbs are classified in 3 groups:

  1. Spanish verbs that end in AR
  2. Spanish verbs that end in ER
  3. Spanish verbs that end in IR

The first group may be the biggest of the three, while the third one may be the smallest.

In this class I will talk about the second group: Spanish verbs that end in ER. And I will show you how to conjugate the following Spanish verbs in the Simple Present.

  • LEER – to read
  • COMER – to eat
  • BEBER – to drink

Verbo LEER en PRESENTE SIMPLE (Simple Present)

Yo le– I read
Tú lees – you read (informal)
Usted lee – you read (formal)
Él/ella lee – he/she reads
Nosotros leemos – we read
Vosotros leéis – you read (plural – this is the form used in Spain)
Ustedes leen – you read (plural – this is the form used in Latin-America)
Ellos leen – They read

Verbo COMER en PRESENTE SIMPLE (Simple Present)

Yo como
Tú comes
Usted come
Él/ella come
Nosotros comemos
Vosotros coméis
Ustedes comen
Ellos comen

Verbo BEBER en PRESENTE SIMPLE (Simple Present)

Yo bebo
Tú bebes
Usted bebe
Él/ella bebe
Nosotros bebemos
Vosotros bebéis
Ustedes beben
Ellos beben

As you can see, the root of the Spanish verbs are in normal font, while the endings are all in bold letters.

Look how the pattern is the same regardless of the verb. The root verb that we are conjugating (without the ER ending) plus the ending, which is the same for every verb (depending on who the subject is). So, you need to learn the correct endings and you will be able to conjugate all the regular verbs.

Fortunately most Spanish verbs are regular :-D

Also, I recommend all my students that follow my online courses to do the exams that I upload to my website. The topic of this lesson (Spanish verbs that end with ER) is included in Spanish Quiz Nbr. 3 (lessons 13 – 19).


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Although we will be focussing more on vocabulary and grammar, pay attention to the Spanish pronunciation in these video lessons, and remember to practice repeating the same words and sounds.

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