Spanish Verb Worksheet
Verbs in Spanish are particularly tricky because there are so many conjugations, and many verbs are irregular.
I wanted a way to practice all the tenses at the same time, so I made this handy worksheet:
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I had a local copy-shop make a bunch of gum-bound pads with 100 copies of this per pad (each pad was like $8).
- Write the infinitive at top and the translation.
- Fill out conjugations for yo, tú, él/élla/usted, nostotros, vosotros (or vos if you’re only learning Latin-American Spanish), and ellos/ellas/ustedes.
- Do this for all tenses including present, preterite, imperfect, imperative, future, and conditional. The conditional column is narrow because the conjugation is so simple and close to the future conjugation. I usually just write the endings “ía”, “ías”, etc.
- Repeat for present subjunctive, imperfect subjunctive, negative imperative, and (optionally) future subjunctive. The future subjunctive is a thing but it’s not used.
- Fill out gerund (ando) and past-participle (ado) at the bottom.
Here is what it looks like when filled out for conducir. I get lazy with future/conditional because they’re so easy. I usually just indicate that it’s regular for these tenses and just write the endings rather than having to write the infinitive over and over again.
In total there are 60 conjugations for each verb (54 if you omit future subjunctive, but 66 if you’re learning both imperfect subjunctives e.g. iera and iese).
I’ve not found a good website or book that gives the full verb chart in this or a similar form for checking your work. The best I’ve found is the “conjugation” tab for verbs on SpanishDict.com. It doesn’t include vos, but that conjugation is rather simple.
A few ways I mix this up:
- Fill out the sheet in random order. Alternate back and forth between subjunctive and indicative or between negative and positive imperative, etc.
- Go row-by-row or column-by-column, filling out every cell.
- Do the same verb over and over again until you get the full sheet 100% correct. Having to re-write everything is a big incentive to get it right.
- Once you have the sheet 100% correct, keep it around for checking yourself the next time you do that verb. I write <ref> on my “reference” copies that I get 100% correct or close to it.
- Do two verbs at once on the same sheet. Tricky with closely-related verbs like sentir and sentar or dar and decir.
- Keep a list of the difficult verbs or verb-pairs and do those more frequently.
Challenging Verbs and Verb-Pairs
- standard irregulars: ir, ver, dar, ser, estar, saber, tener, haber, hacer, poder, poner
- suponer / saber
- ser / estar
- sentir / sentar
- tener / traer / tomar
- dar / decir
- andar / caer
Que estudien bien!