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Conjugate ver in El Pretérito Perfecto (present perfect)

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

The verb ver (to see) and its derivatives* are irregular in El Pretérito Perfecto:

yo he  
has  
él ha   + visto 
nosotros  hemos   
vosotros habéis  
ellos   han  

You can see it is simply haber conjugated in El Presente plus visto (the past participle of ver).

Here are some examples to listen to:

Yo he visto a tu madre esta mañana.
I saw your mother this morning.

has visto la película esta semana.
You saw the movie this week.

Él ha visto los informes del mes.
He saw the monthly reports.

Nosotros hemos visto a tus padres.
We saw your parents.

Vosotros no habéis visto todavía Wonder Woman.
You haven't seen Wonder Woman yet.

Ellos han visto el amanecer.
They saw the sunrise.

*Other verbs derived from ver follow the same pattern:

entrever (to catch a glimpse) -> entrevisto
prever (to foresee) -> previsto

Nosotros hemos entrevisto la costa desde el barco.
We caught a glimpse of the coast from the ship.

Yo he previsto eso.
I saw that coming.

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Nosotros hemos visto a tus padres.
We saw your parents.


Vosotros no habéis visto todavía Wonder Woman.
You haven't seen Wonder Woman yet.


Él ha visto los informes del mes.
He saw the monthly reports.


Nosotros hemos entrevisto la costa desde el barco.
We caught a glimpse of the coast from the ship.


has visto la película esta semana.
You saw the movie this week.


Yo he previsto eso.
I saw that coming.


Yo he visto a tu madre esta mañana.
I saw your mother this morning.


Ellos han visto el amanecer.
They saw the sunrise.


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Q&A

david

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2018

2 replies

When I translate this with other programs and ask native speakers, this is completely incorrect.

My research tells me that he visto means I have seen, NOT I saw.  Maybe this is correct in some countries, but I haven't found any native speaker in the U.S.A. who translates these simple past sentences (i.e. I saw, they saw) with the use of haber.  They are simply vi, viste, vio, vimos, and vieron.

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

11 April 2018

11/04/18

Hi David - currently, Kwiziq focuses on European Spanish though we hope to be able to include the various American dialects too. For the most part, the differences are quite minor (comparable to British English versus American English) but the use of the present perfect and preterite is one area where there is an important difference.


I'll get one of our linguists to answer in more detail, but I know that the preterite tends to be used in Latin American Spanish where we would use the present perfect over here in Europe.


However, this lesson is really about conjugation, not usage, and the hint in testquestions will remind you which tense to conjugate so don't have to worry too much about the English.


Hope that helps!

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

11 April 2018

11/04/18

FYI this lesson explains how the two tenses are used in European Spanish (there's a note explaining that the rules are different for the American Spanishes):


https://spanish.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/when-to-use-el-preterito-perfecto-or-el-preterito-indefinido 


 

Alan

Kwiziq community member

18 February 2018

1 reply

Does this use of the Present Perfect only occur with ver and it's derivatives?

Alan

Kwiziq community member

18 February 2018

18/02/18

I meant El Pretérito Perfecto not Present Perfect.
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