Conjugate regular -ar verbs in El Pretérito Perfecto (present perfect)

El Pretérito Perfecto is used to express something has happened or happened. 

Let's see how to conjugate regular -ar verbs in El Pretérito Perfecto:

yo he  
has  
él/ ella / Ud. 
ha   + ado 
nosotros / nosostras 
hemos   
vosotros / vostras 
habéis  
ellos /  elllas / Uds.  
han  

You can see it is simply haber conjugated in El Presente plus the participle
(-ado)
of the verb.

Here are some examples to listen to:

Yo he estudiado mucho para el examen.I have studied a lot for the exam.

has trabajado en la empresa de tu padre.You have worked at your father's company. 

Él ha caminado por la playa.He has walked along the beach.

Ella ha comprado una flor para su amiga.She has bought a flower for her friend.

Usted ha regalado un CD a su novia.You have given your girlfiend a CD as a present.

Nosotros hemos cortado la tarta.We have cut the cake.

Vosotras habéis negado la verdad.You have denied the truth.

Ellos han preguntado muchas cosas.They have asked many questions.

Ellas han pintado unos cuadros.They have painted some paintings.

Ellos han sacado la basura.They have taken out the trash.

Ustedes han regado las plantas.You have watered the plants. 

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has trabajado en la empresa de tu padre.You have worked at your father's company. 
Ella ha comprado una flor para su amiga.She has bought a flower for her friend.
Ustedes han regado las plantas.You have watered the plants. 
Ellos han sacado la basura.They have taken out the trash.
Yo he estudiado mucho para el examen.I have studied a lot for the exam.
Usted ha regalado un CD a su novia.You have given your girlfiend a CD as a present.
Ellas han pintado unos cuadros.They have painted some paintings.
Él ha caminado por la playa.He has walked along the beach.
Ellos han preguntado muchas cosas.They have asked many questions.
Vosotras habéis negado la verdad.You have denied the truth.
Nosotros hemos cortado la tarta.We have cut the cake.

Q&A Forum 2 questions, 2 answers

MarcosB1Kwiziq community member

Error in lesson title?

Just wondering if the lesson title should be Presente Perfecto instead of Preterito Perfecto?

Asked 3 days ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Marcos,

I imagine your thinking is... if it is the "present perfect" in English why the name in Spanish is not "El Presente Perfecto"? Well, this is something that lots of people ask. In Spanish the name given to this tense is "El Pretérito Perfecto". 

I am copying the answer given to a different student previously. I hope it clarifies it for you:

"Pretérito Perfecto or Pretérito Perfecto Compuesto is the name given to the Present Perfect in English. It is a tense that expresses an action in the past (preterite) but somehow it is seen connected to the present. However in Spanish it is still called Pretérito Perfecto while in English it is called Present Perfect. This is simply the way it goes with grammar in Spanish and grammar in English. 

There are other differences in names in English and Spanish, that simply have to be learned to be honest, and accept that they have different names. For example, in English you have the "present participle" but in Spanish it's not called "presente participio"; we call the -ando/-iendo forms (your -ing form) the "gerund", never el presente participio. 

Here in our site you have a guide to all names given to tenses both in Spain and Latin America, if you want to have a look. "

Saludos

Inma

Error in lesson title?

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JenB1Kwiziq community member

present perfect v preterito indefinido

Im not sure when to use each of these tenses. Are they interchangable?

Asked 10 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Jen

Here is a lesson about when to use one or the other. Hope it helps.

When to use the perfect tense versus the simple past in European Spanish (Perfecto vs Indefinido)

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present perfect v preterito indefinido

Im not sure when to use each of these tenses. Are they interchangable?

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