Tengo – 1st Person of the Verb Tener
Introduction to the verb Tener via practice using the 1st person:
Free Practice + Video Clip and downloadable PDF Worksheet.
Tener is an irregular Spanish verb which means to have.
In Spanish it also used with Age (to have + number of years) and feelings/states of being (to have + fear):
Tener = to have
Tengo = I have
Tienes = you have
¿Qué tienes? What do you have?
Tengo un perro = I have a dog
Tener + AGE:
Tengo = I am … + age (= I have + number of years)
¿Cuántos años tienes? (How old are you?)
Tengo 10 años = I am 10 (I have 10 years)
Tener + feelings such as hunger, thirst, cold, fear.
Tengo = I am … + Feelings
Use ‘tengo’ to say ‘I am + cold, hot, hungry, thirsty, sleepy, ashamed …
Tengo hambre = I am hungry
Tengo miedo = I am frightened
Free downloadable PDF Worksheet
TENER – Present Tense:
tengo – I have
tienes – you have
tiene – he, she has
tenemos – we have
tenéis – you have
tienen – they have