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Hardest Spanish Verbs

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Hello guys.

Since I know that many of you are experts in Spanish vocabulary, I present the following challenge. Can you list as many difficult Spanish verbs as possible? False cognates will do pretty well and verb phrases are also accepted. Feel free to use various idioms that contain the verbs.

I may use these verbs that you posted for future references... and maybe a surprise. Who knows?

Enjoy the challenge! cool smile

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updated MAR 13, 2013
edited by AgentB
posted by AgentB

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How about the fact that the meaning changes between the imperfect past and the preterite past for some of the irregular verbs?

Infinitive Imperfect/Preterite          Contrasted Meanings
saber sabía I knew (a fact, how to)
supe I found out, I learned
no saber no sabía I didn’t know (a fact, how to)
no supe I never knew
conocer conocía I knew, I was acquainted with
conocí I met
no conocer no conocía I never knew, I was never acquainted with
no conocí I never met
querer quería I wanted (outcome undetermined)
quise I wanted (and tried)
no querer no quería I didn’t want (outcome undetermined)
no quise I refused
poder podía I was capable (outcome undetermined)
pude I succeeded
no poder no podía I wasn’t capable (outcome undetermined)
no pude I tried and couldn’t
tener tenía I had (in my possession)
tuve I got, I received
no tener no tenía I didn’t have (in my possession)
no tuve I didn’t get, I didn’t receive
tener que tenía que I was supposed to
tuve que I had to (and did)
no tener que          no tenía que I wasn’t supposed to
no tuve que I didn’t have to (and didn’t )
costar costaba it was priced
costó it cost (and was purchased)
updated MAR 13, 2013
edited by brian5764
posted by brian5764
Whoops! I didn´t realize that this is an old post. Oh, well. - brian5764, MAR 13, 2013
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For me, it's the irregular verbs such as:

ir

ser

venir

caer

dar

decir

haber

hacer

poder

poner

saber

updated MAR 13, 2013
posted by Pajaro44
Hello neighbor. - brian5764, MAR 13, 2013
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Well for me, conjugating "hacer" is a killer. It's the bane of my existence! I just can't remember all the tenses! I'm thinking of making a printout and looking at it everyday so it sinks into my head.

updated MAR 13, 2013
posted by amykay
Big dry erase board. Write and go nuts. Switch to your 501 Spanish Verbs book. Verify. Re-write those you got wrong to reinforce. They say that writing something is the key to really getting it to sink in and stay put. It helped me a ton! - brian5764, MAR 13, 2013
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For me: Oír Leer Decir Hacer

updated MAR 13, 2013
posted by sophiegill92
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updated JUN 29, 2010
edited by AgentB
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