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Spanish Grammar

Grammar is an important part of any language, and it can take some time to get a proper grasp of the subject. However, you do not have to fear grammar as so many learners often do. Spanish grammar is not too difficult to learn, and by parsing out the grammar amongst other types of lessons, such as vocabulary and pronunciation, it makes it much easier to remember. When trying to understand the grammar of any language, it is helpful if you compare it to your native language, English in this case. By comparing and seeing the similarities and differences of the Spanish language, it can make it much easier to learn.

Sentence Structure

Grammar is all about sentence structure at its most basic. By understanding sentence structure, you will be able to understand more about a language as well as how to build and construct sentences of your own. In English, the sentence structure follows the SVO order – subject, verb, and then object. For example, “the boy kicked the stone” has a subject (boy), a verb (kicked) and an object (stone). Spanish sentences are different from English ones. In Spanish, the word order is not as important. Instead, they have a system using suffixes and particles that help to denote the subject and the object. This can be liberating, but this part of Spanish grammar can be confusing for those who just start learning. You will get the grasp of it in no time though.

Tenses and Verbs

The tenses on the suffixes of Spanish verbs are important, as they hold information about the person and number of the subject, and this can let you know which of the nouns in the sentence is the subject. Proper conjugation of the verbs is important with Spanish grammar so you can be sure that you are speaking properly and that others will be able to understand what it is that you are saying and to whom you are referring.

Nouns and Adjectvies

When you use a noun in Spanish, they are inflected for number and gender. Feminine nouns will end in an “a” vowel, while masculine nouns will end in an “o” vowel. Plurals will usually end in an “s”. Of course, there are some exceptions for you to learn as you go deeper into the language.

By learning the grammar little by little, you can build your knowledge. Most importantly, you are going to be able to retain that knowledge.