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Lesson 5: The present tense in -er 1

Some examples of verbs ending in -er:

to eat
to read
to understand
to learn

In the present tense, we replace the ending -er by a different ending, depending on the person who is performing the action.

Replace -er with Ending Example
First person (I) -o (yo) como
I eat
Second person (you) -es (tú) comes, (usted) come
you eat
Third person (he, she) -e (él) come, (ella) come
he eats, she eats

Note that the polite form usted uses the third instead of the second person conjugation.

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