Spanish Grammar: The Verb [TENER] with Age

Spanish Grammar: The Verb TENER with Age

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Spanish Grammar: The Verb [TENER] with Age
la gramática española: el verbo [tener] con la edad

  • The verb [TENER] means to have. It is an irregular verb.
  • May be used to indicate age.

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The Verb [TENER] : TO HAVE
(Present Indicative Tense)
yo TENGO I have
tú TIENES you have
él / ella / usted TIENE he / she has – you have
nosotros TENEMOS we have
vosotros TENÉIS y’all have 
ellos / ellas / ustedes TIENEN  they / you all have

The verb [TENER] means to have. It shows possession!

Possession:

Yo tengo un libro de español.
I have a Spanish book.

Nosotros tenemos una clase de inglés pronto.
We have an English class soon.

¿Tú tienes la tarea para hoy?
Do you have the homework for today?

You’ll also use the verb [TENER] to express your age! You have your years!

In English we are our age. “I AM twenty years old.” But in Spanish, we possess them. Our years are something that we HAVE. “Yo tengo veinte años.” / I HAVE twenty years.

HAVING years or age works for all people in all situations.

¡Yo tengo veinte años!
I have twenty years!
(I am twenty years old!)

Mi padre tiene sesenta años.
My father has sixty years.
(My father is sixty years old.)

Mis hijos tienen dos y cuatro años.
My sons have two and four years.
(My sons are two and four years old.)

Mi amiga tiene treinta años.
My friend (fem.) has thirty years.
(My friend -fem- is thirty years old.)

Mi perro tiene ocho años.
My dog has eight years.
(My dog is eight years old.)

¡Mi niña tiene dieciocho meses ya!
My daughter has eighteen months already!
(My daughter is eighteen months old already!)

Note how the YO, NOSOTROS, and VOSOTROS forms of TENER looks different from the others. This is because TENER is an irregular verb. Check out the lessons on irregular verbs for more details.

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