Spanish Verb TENER (A1)

TENER, usually translated as 芦to have鈥 in the sense of meaning 芦to possess禄 or 芦to own. It is a particularly useful verb.

Conjugation of verb TENER

In general, TENER conjugation is quite irregular, here you have the present tense but just click on the link to see how to form all the tenses.

In the infographic on the right, you can see the conjugation in the present tense and some of the main uses of the verb TENER, that not always match with the English one. Leave us a message if you want to receive a copy by email.

Continue reading to see more about how to use TENER in Spanish.

C贸mo usar el VERBO TENER (to have)

How to use Spanish verb TENER

TENERis not only is it used to indicate possession, it is also used in a variety of idiomatic expressions to indicate emotions or states of being.

For instant in Spanish we use TENER to talk about age, this is because it鈥檚 not about how old you are but how many years you have.

驴Cu谩ntos a帽os tiene? (How old is she?).

TENER to聽聽express some physical sensations:

  • tener fr铆o (to be cold)
  • tener calor (to be hot)
  • tener hambre (to be hungry)
  • tener sed (to be thirsty)
  • tener sue帽o (to be sleepy)
  • tener dolor de(to hurt or be sore)
  • tener mala cara (not look so good)

TENER to express sensations more psychological in nature:

  • tener prisa (to be in a hurry)
  • tener miedo a/de + noun (to be afraid of something)
  • tener celos (to be jealous)
  • tener confianza (to be confident)
  • tener cuidado (to be careful)
  • tener verg眉enza (to be ashamed)

Other idiomatic expressions with TENER:

  • tener raz贸n (to be right)
  • tener 茅xito (to be successful)
  • tener la culpa (to be guilty)
  • tener suerte (to be lucky)
  • tener lugar (to take place)
  • tener ganas de (to feel like)
  • tener en cuenta (to take into account)


Notice that in Spanish we have two ways to say TO HAVE: tener and haber. The difference between tener and haber are not complicated. You have seen above how to use TENER, while聽the equivalent of the English auxiliary verb 芦to have, as in 芦you have seen,禄 is haber (as in 芦has visto芦, you have seen) to form the present perfect tense PRET脡RITO PERFECTO in Spanish.

Spanish verb TENER exercises

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