Tener is a Spanish verb meaning to have. Tener is conjugated as an irregular verb in the preterite tense. Tener appears on the 100 Most Used Spanish Preterite Tense Verbs Poster as the 5th most used irregular verb.
For the present tense conjugation, go to Tener Conjugation - Present Tense.
Tener Conjugation: Preterite Tense
*Irregular forms in bold.
The participio of Tener is tenido. The present perfect tense is formed by combining the auxiliary verb haber with the participio.
Tener Imperfect Root
The imperfect root of Tener is tenía. The imperfect tense is rarely irregular and can be easily conjugated from this form, which is the yo, and él/ella conjugation.
Regular vs. Irregular Verbs
A verb is called a regular verb when its conjugation follows a typical pattern. A verb which does not follow these patterns exactly is called an irregular verb. In Spanish Preterite Tense, the 3 regular patterns are for verbs ending in ar, er, and ir.
Spanish Preterite Tense Conjugation Chart
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