The Spanish Coach Quiz – March 2020

It’s quiz time!

How well do you know your Spanish verb endings from your personal pronouns? Test your knowledge with this short fun quiz!

Be sure to screenshot your score and share on social media. I’d love to see how you do!

#1 Which of the following is the correct way to say “the blue books”?

#2 All verbs in Spanish can fit into one of three categories, depending on their infinitive endings. Which of these is NOT an infinitive ending in Spanish?

#3 Speaking of verbs, which of these is NOT a stem-changing verb?

TIP: The STEM of a verb is the part remaining once the infinitive ending has been removed. On REGULAR verbs, the stem remains unchanged.

#4 Just to get a little more technical, which person does NOT carry the stem-change?

On both the NOSOTROS and VOSOTROS lines of the verb, the stem of the verb remains unchanged.

#5 Talking about “person” (the subject pronoun: I, you, he, she etc)… which of the following is NOT a subject pronoun in Spanish?

La is a 3rd person Direct Object Pronoun (Feminine) … i.e. HER

#6 Ser and Estar are the bane of every beginner Spanish learner’s existence. They can both be translated to mean “to be” in English. How do you know when to use each one?

Ser generally relates to things that cannot be changed, someone’s nationality, family members, descriptions. Estar items are changeable as in moods, actions, weather conditions etc.

#7 We’re not done with Ser and Estar just yet. Which of the following sentences uses one of these verbs incorrectly?

Being “in the house”, is an example of a temporary location, therefore requiring the ESTAR verb.

#8 Speaking of “to be”, in Spanish, instead of “being” certain things, you “have” them. Which of these things do you NOT “have in Spanish?

The emotion of “anger” is used in the same way as in English, there for requiring the verb ESTAR (estoy enfadado).

#9 “Hay” is a handy little word. What does it mean?

This word means there is or there are, HAY is pronounced “eye”.

#10 Another pair of verbs that can be tricky is “saber” and “conocer.” They both mean “to know”. Which of the following sentences uses one of them incorrectly?

We use conocer when “aquainted” with a person, place or thing. Knowing someone’s birthday is a “fact” therefore requiring the verb saber.

#11 My dog, his house, your books … possessive adjectives seem pretty straightforward. But, they can be tricky. Which of the following sentences uses the possessive adjective incorrectly?

When the “item” becomes plural, so does the possessive adjective. Therefore this phrase should be “SUS” padres.

#12 Saying that you like something in Spanish isn’t as straightforward as saying “I like it”. So, if I wanted to tell me friends that I like dogs, how would I do that?

When the “item” becomes plural, we are saying we like “them” (gustan).

#13 What if I wanted to say, “we like reading”?

When we are using two verbs back to back as in this statement, the 2nd verb is in the infinitive.

#14 How would you say “we lived in Spain for many years”?

We use the imperfect tense when we are talking of something occurring over a period of time.

#15 How would you say “I think he works in an office now”?

When expressing thoughts and feelings, the subjunctive form is used on the action verb.





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