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Present Perfect Two Verbs — Spanish Verb Conjugation

Welcome back! This is our last section of Spanish “have” verbs. If you have two verbs when conjugating "have" verbs, the pronoun (lo, la, me, te, etc.)  can either go before both verbs or after both. The “have verb” combination counts as one verb and is never separated or split apart. In other words, you will never put any words between the “have” part of the conjugation and the verb.



Let’s look at a few examples.

I have wanted to eat it.

Lo he querido comer.  or  He querido comerlo.

(Juanita) You have needed to do it.

Has necesitado hacerlo.   or   Lo has necesitado hacer.

“He hasn’t been able to try it”

No lo ha podido tratar.   or   No ha podido tratarlo.


Before we go to our next practice session, we need to learn and review a few new vocabulary words. Are you ready?

the house

la casa

the gift

el regalo

the ball

la bola

the T.V.

la televisión


Now, if you’re ready, continue on to the practice session where you’ll practice two-verb have verbs with a few direct objects sprinkled in.


Spanish Practice Session

Now let’s go ahead and practice two-verb have verbs. Remember that when there are two verbs, you can put the “pronoun” (lo, la, me, te, etc.) either before or after both verbs. Usually, with two verbs, throughout the course, you’ve put the direct object after. In this lesson, however, we’ll put it before both verbs so you see how it works, at least once, during the lessons. It’s just like we’ve done throughout the other lessons. This will give you a chance to compare both ways. Are you ready?

She has never liked to drive

Nunca le ha gustado manejar

We have hoped to win it.

Lo hemos esperado ganar

They have preferred to paint it (la casa)

La han preferido pintar

I have desired to travel

He deseado viajar

I have wanted to visit her

La he querido visitar

(Juanita) You have needed to finish it

La has necesitado terminar

He hasn’t been able to hit it (la bola)

No la ha podido pegar

She has never like to teach.

Nunca le ha gustado enseñar

We have hoped to see him

Lo hemos esperado ver

They have preferred to wait.

Han preferido esperar

I have never desired to go

Nunca he deseado ir

I have never wanted to sell it (la televisión)

Nunca la he querido vender

(Juanita) You have never needed to use it

Nunca lo has necesitado usar

He hasn’t been able to send it (el regalo)

No lo ha podido mandar


Those were a little more advanced and if you don’t feel real comfortable with them yet, don’t worry. Learning Spanish takes practice and repition. Feel free to go over it a few times until you feel comfortable with it.

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