Me llamo _____________________________________
Hoy es el _________ de ____________________________________
Subject Pronouns, Ser and Tener
__________________________ are words that take the place of nouns. __________________________ __________________________ indicate who
is being described or who does the action in a sentence.
There are subject pronouns in English and Spanish. Look at the chart below and you will see the subject pronouns in
Now, complete the chart above, placing the Spanish word for each subject pronoun in the appropriate place in the chart.
Just like in English, you must ______________ the way you say a verb when the subject changes. Take the verb “to be” for
example. You don’t just say, “I to be,” or “he to be.” You say, “I am,” or “he is.” When the verb ______________ to correctly
______________ the subject, it is called ______________ the verb. We have to conjugate the verb to match the subject.
Before you ______________ the verb, it is in the ______________ form. In English, examples would be: to be, to eat, to dance,
to drive, etc. In Spanish, infinitives have an –ar, -er, or –ir on the end of the word. For example, there is ser, tener,
hablar, and escribir. All of those words have either an –ar, -er, or –ir on the end of them.
Let’s look at a conjugated verb in English:
TO BE (infinitive form)
You all are
So… you can see that when the subject changes, the way we say the verb changes also. We cannot leave the verb in the
infinitive form. It must change when the subject changes.
We have already started to learn two verbs. Their infinitive forms are: ______________ and ______________. These verbs do
not follow the normal pattern that we will see most verbs follow. Because of that, these verbs are irregular.
We can make a chart that looks just like this that tells us the different forms of the verb that we will use for each subject in
the subject pronoun chart. The form of the verb will correspond to the subject from the subject pronoun chart.
SER- to be
TENER- to have