The uses of the verb tener in Spanish

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The uses of the verb tener

The verb tener tener, presente (to have) is used to indicate:

  • Age:

Tengo 106 años.

I'm 106 years old.

  • Possession:

Ana tiene una casa en Buenos Aires.

Ana has a house in Buenos Aires.

  • Obligation – using tener que (to have to) + infinitive:

Tienes que ir al médico.

You have to go to the doctor.

  • As an auxiliary verb, to emphasize an action – using tener + past participle:

Tenemos hechas las maletas.

We've got our bags packed.


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