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Conjugate traer in El Presente (present tense)

Traer (to bring) is irregular in El Presente, but only in the 'yo' form. The rest of the endings are regular:

yo traigo
traes
él / ella / Ud. trae
nosotros / nosotras
traemos
vosotros / vosotras
traéis
ellos / ellas / Uds.   traen
Look at and listen to these examples:

Yo traigo mi maleta.I bring my suitcase.

¿Tú traes a tus padres a la graduación?Are you bringing your parents to the graduation ceremony?

Ella trae la tarta para tu fiesta de cumpleaños.She's bringing the cake for your birthday party.

Nosotros traemos las herramientas.We're bringing the tools.

Vosotras traéis la cesta y la manta para el picnic.You're bringing the hamper and the blanket for the picnic.

Ellos traen al perro al parque.They take the dog to the park.
 

For more verbs that follows a similar pattern, see: 
Verbos yo -go (presente)

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Ella trae la tarta para tu fiesta de cumpleaños.She's bringing the cake for your birthday party.
¿Tú traes a tus padres a la graduación?Are you bringing your parents to the graduation ceremony?
Ellos traen al perro al parque.They take the dog to the park.
Yo traigo mi maleta.I bring my suitcase.
Vosotras traéis la cesta y la manta para el picnic.You're bringing the hamper and the blanket for the picnic.
Nosotros traemos las herramientas.We're bringing the tools.

Q&A Forum 3 questions, 4 answers

SusanA2Kwiziq community member

Example : Ella trae la tarta para tu fiesta de cumpleaños. She's bringing the cake for your birthday party.

Why is it "trae" and not "está trayendo"?

Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Susan

This is a specific use of the present in Spanish (trae) to express something that is "going to happen" that doesn't sound quite right in English if we used the present tense. We can say "ella trae" meaning in English "she is bringing" (future) but cannot use "está trayendo" because that would mean in Spanish that she is doing the action at the moment of speaking, but this is not what we mean; we mean the future "she is bringing..." 

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Inma

Susan asked:View original

Example : Ella trae la tarta para tu fiesta de cumpleaños. She's bringing the cake for your birthday party.

Why is it "trae" and not "está trayendo"?

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DeanA1Kwiziq community member

Use of the pronoun "a"

Two of the examples use the pronoun "a".  For example "¿Tú traes a tus padres...?" and "Ellos traen al perro...".  Am I right in assuming that this only applies when there's a person or animal involved?  

Asked 8 months ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Dean

Yes, you are assuming correctly! It is a "personal a" case, where preposition "a" is used with transitive verbs, like "traer". This happens when the direct object is a person or an animal, not things. 

Ella trajo a su hijo. (She brought her son.)

Ella trajo al perro. (She brought the dog.)

Ella trajo las cajas. (She brought the boxes.)

We have a lesson on some common verbs using "a". Have a look here.

I hope this helps,

Saludos

Inma

 

Use of the pronoun "a"

Two of the examples use the pronoun "a".  For example "¿Tú traes a tus padres...?" and "Ellos traen al perro...".  Am I right in assuming that this only applies when there's a person or animal involved?  

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TonyaA2Kwiziq community member

Can traer also mean 'to drag'?

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Tonya

Well, traer might mean "to drag" for example when used in an exercise where you need to click and drag each word to the right box. The instruction may say "trae cada palabra a su casilla adecuada", or something like that (what you really mean is "bring"), but the general meaning of traer is "to bring". We´d use "arrastrar" for "to drag", for example "Don't drag the chair across the room" -> "No arrastres la silla por la habitaci'on"

Hope this helps

Inma

TonyaA2Kwiziq community member

Thanks for the clarification. 

Can traer also mean 'to drag'?

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