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Conjugate tener in El Imperativo (imperative)

The verb tener (to have) is irregular in El Imperativo:

Yo

-

ten

Usted

tenga

Nosotros

tengamos

Vosotros

tened

Ustedes

tengan

Note that in El Imperativo you never use the yo form. You don't give orders to yourself!

Remember that in Spanish there are four different ways to say you:

  • = informal singular
  • vosotros/vosotras = informal plural
  • usted = formal singular
  • ustedes =  formal plural

Here are some examples to look at and listen to:

¡Ten el dinero preparado! 
Have your money ready! ("you" singular informal = "tú")

¡Tenga el cambio!
Here's your change! ("you" singular formal = "usted")

¡Tengamos una buena fiesta!
Let's have a great party!

¡Tened en cuenta la propuesta! 
Have into account the proposition! ("you" plural informal = "vosotros")

¡Tengan más cuidado! 
Be more careful! ("you" plural formal = "ustedes")

You can also have a look at these more advanced lessons about El Imperativo:

Learn more about these related Spanish grammar topics

Examples and resources

¡Tened en cuenta la propuesta! 
Have into account the proposition! ("you" plural informal = "vosotros")


¡Tengan más cuidado! 
Be more careful! ("you" plural formal = "ustedes")


¡Tengamos una buena fiesta!
Let's have a great party!


¡Tenga el cambio!
Here's your change! ("you" singular formal = "usted")


¡Ten el dinero preparado! 
Have your money ready! ("you" singular informal = "tú")


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Q&A

Gail

Kwiziq community member

28 October 2017

1 reply

¡Tenga el cambio! -translation?

I thought "¡Tenga el cambio!" would mean "have the change", not "here's the change". Can it mean both?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

29 October 2017

29/10/17

Hola Gail, If ¡Tenga el cambio! was translated literally it would mean "Have the change", but the most accurate phrase in English for this expression is "Here is your change", so we need to translate it into that. I hope it helped.
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