How To Learn Or How To Use The Spanish Verb Tener

This lesson covers the topic of how to learn or how to use the Spanish verb “Tener.” “Tener” is a very useful verb in Spanish, that is used to express many things. As you start to speak Spanish with more ease, you will find yourself using the verb “Tener” a good amount.

Firstly, we use Tener, to express “possession”.

“Tengo un auto azul.” (I have a blue car.)
“Tienes casa?” (Do you have a house?)
“Marcela tiene un gato como mascota”. (Marcela has a cat as a pet.)

Also, we can use “Tener” to speak about relationships: “Tengo muchos amigos” (I have a lot of friends), “Tiene 5 hermanos varones” (She has 5 brothers), “¿Tienes novia?” (Do you have a girlfriend?).

Another important use of “Tener” is when we speak about how old we are.

“¿Cuántos años tienes?” (How old are you?)
Tengo 23 años. (I’m 23 years old.)

We also have a lot of expressions that use Tener.

Tener Miedo (To have fear / to be afraid / scared)
“Tengo miedo cuando miro películas de terror.” (I am scared when I watch horror movies.)

Tener Hambre (To be hungry)
“Cuando regreso del trabajo siempre tengo hambre.” (Coming home from work I am always hungry.)

Tener Sed (To be thirsty)
“Tenía sed, y por eso fui a buscar un vaso de agua.” (I was thirsty, so I went to get a glass of water.)

Tener Razón (To be right)
Tengo razón cuando digo que los tigres no son animales domésticos “(I am right when I say that tigers are not pets.)

Tener Suerte (To be lucky)
“Anoche Gabe ganó U $ 2.000 en el casino. Tuvo mucha suerte.” (Last night Gabe won $ 2,000 in the casino. He was very lucky.)

Tener Sueño (To be sleepy)
“Siempre tengo sueño después de almorzar.” (I am always sleepy after lunch.)

Tener frío (To be cold)
“He tenido frio toda esta mañana, creo que es hora de prender la calefacción.” (I have been cold all morning, I think it’s time to turn up the heat.)

Tener Calor (To be hot)
“Si tienes calor, deberías darte una ducha” (If you are hot you should take a shower.)

Tener Cuidado (To be careful)
“Si anduviera por esa zona, sola y por la noche, tendría cuidado” (If you were walking through this area, alone and at night, you would be careful.)

Tener que + Infinitive (To have to ….)
“No pude salir porque tuve que trabajar hasta tarde.” (I couldn’t go out because I had to work until late.)

Tener ganas de + Infinitive (To feel like …)
“Ariel y yo tenemos ganas de ir al cine esta noche, pero no sé si habrá entradas todavía.” (Ariel and I feel like to go to the movies tonight, but I do not know if there are still tickets.)

Tener Tos
“Tengo mucha tos, debería abrigarme más.” (I have a bad cough, I should cover myself up more.)

Tener gripe (To have a flu)
“No me siento bien, creo que tengo gripe.” (I do not feel well, I think I have the flu.)

Tener dolor de + a part of the body (Hurts)
“Doctor, tengo dolor de espalda.” (Doctor, my back hurts.)

Tener vergüenza (To be ashamed)
“Ricardo no quiso participar del congreso, tuvo vergüenza de hablar en público” (Ricardo did not want to participate in the confrence, he was ashamed to speak in public.)

Tener comezón (To have an itch)
“Voy a ir a la farmacia, necesito una crema que me alivie porque tengo comezón en mi espalda”. (I’m going to the pharmacy; I need a cream that will help me because I have an itch on my back.)

Tener is one of many verbs that I recommend that you practice with your Verbarrator software for learning Spanish verbs.

Publicado por Anna Rivera

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