Can you have 2 conjugated verbs in a sentence if the verbs are separated by words such as "and" or "cuando"?

Can you have 2 conjugated verbs in a sentence if the verbs are separated by words such as "and" or "cuando"?


Which command is correct?

  1. ¡Date prisa cuando arreglarte!
  2. ¡Date prisa cuando te arreglas!

Muchas Graciasgrin

updated ABR 10, 2010
posted by kmckenna

3 Answers


Hi, KM. I wonder if you are getting confused about the number of conjugated verbs allowable in a sentence vs. the number allowable in a clause.

Just a quick explanation: a clause is very simple: a subject and a verb, with occasional other things such as direct or indirect objects or prepositional phrases.. Examples of clauses are: I see...he goes...we know them...she tells me...they like to dance...you have to study...

In a clause you may not have two conjugated verbs together. For example, "I like to sing" is "Me gusta cantar", not "me gusta canto". Other examples: "I have to go" - "tengo que irme"..."We need to write to her" - "necesitamos escribirle"..."They want to swim" - "quieren nadar".

Your example above is two clauses, so you have two conjugated verbs. The first clause is: "Hurry up" and the second clause is "you get ready". The connecting word is the "when". Think of the entire sentence as a mini train with two cars and a hitch connecting them.

Lots of sentences have more than one clause. Examples: I get home and then I study - Llego a casa y entonces estudio.... She drives the car but I catch the bus - Ella maneja el coche pero yo subo al camión...We will see them when they return - Los veremos cuando regresen... They will have it as soon as I give it to them - Lo tendrán en cuanto se lo de...I get up, I brush my teeth, I wash my face, I fix my hair, and I eat breakfast...Me levanto, me cepillo los dientes, me lavo la cara, me arreglo el pelo y desayuno. (whew! 5 clauses in that last one, with 5 different conjugated verbs!)

I most sincerely hope that this has helped you to understand.

To summarize: One conjugated verb per clause, but many sentences have several clauses, so it is very possible to have more than one conjugated verb in a sentence.

updated ABR 10, 2010
posted by mountaingirl123
Great answer - voting. - ian-hill, ABR 9, 2010
Estoy de acuerdo-votación también. - Rolest, ABR 10, 2010
Nive summation! - Delores--Lindsey, ABR 10, 2010

¡Date prisa cuando te arregles! (imperative & subjuctive)

updated ABR 10, 2010
posted by 005faa61

Thank you Mountaingirl, that was so easy to understand ,concise, correct , and I loved it, you must do it more or write a book perhaps you have I will have a look . grin

updated ABR 10, 2010
posted by ray76
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