Tener Present Tense Conjugation

Use the chart, examples, and video below to learn how to conjugate tener in the present tense.

Tener: Present Tense Conjugation Chart

yo tengo
él/ella/Ud. tiene
nosotros tenemos
vosotros tenéis
ellos/ellas/Uds. tienen

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Examples: how to conjugate tener in present tense

Here are some examples of conjugating tener in present form:

No tengo problemas de salud inmediatos.

I have no immediate health problems.

Ambas sabemos que no tienes ni idea de lo que pasó anoche.

We both know you have no idea what happened last night.

No tenemos las llaves.

We don't have the keys.


  • Tener is an irregular verb, including in the present tense.
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Here's a reminder of what the Spanish personal pronouns mean:

  • yo = I
  • tú = you (informal)
  • él/ella = he/she
  • nosotros/nosotras = we
  • vosotros/vosotras = you (plural, informal, Spain only)
  • ellos/ellas = they
  • Usted = you (singular formal) & ustedes = you (plural, formal). These are used much more in Latin America than in Spain - the latter being more informal.

How to conjugate tener in the present tense - recommended video:

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See how to conjugate tener in other tenses:

Conjugate tener in the preterite

Conjugate tener in the imperfect

Conjugate tener in the future

Conjugate tener in the subjunctive