Tener Quiz – Conjugation Practice

Given that this is one of the most common Spanish verbs, in this quiz, you’ll find exercises to practice the conjugation of ‘tener’. Read the sentences below and fill in the blanks with the correct conjugation of ‘tener’ in Spanish.  Make sure you read the sentence and the tips provided. To make the most of this tener quiz, I recommend you to first study the different ‘tener’ conjugation charts.

Related Resources
Difference between ‘haber’ and ‘tener’ in Spanish
‘Tener’ in Spanish: Conjugations & Meanings
When to Use the Imperfect Tense
When to Use the Spanish Preterite

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Samantha, ¿cuántos años Lucía?

Samantha, how old is Lucia?

Even though it’s translated as ‘to be’, in Spanish, we use the verb tener to talk about a person’s age. In the previous example, we’re asking about Lucia’s age, as a result, we need to conjugate the verb ‘tener’ in the third person singular: tiene.

Tyler dos perros negros

Tyler has two black dogs

Tener is also used to talk about possessions and belongings. As a result, we use ‘tiene’ to express that Tyler has two dogs. In this case, ‘tener’ is translated as ‘to have’.

¿Podemos comer más tarde? (Yo) no hambre ahorita

Can we eat later? I’m not hungry right now

The verb ‘tener’ is also used to talk about feelings and some physical conditions such as hunger and fear. The literal translation in English would be ‘I have hunger’ (to have) instead of ‘I am hungry’ (to be). Notice that in this case, ‘tener’ is translated as ‘to be’ and tengo is the correct conjugation for ‘yo’.

(Tú) no idea de qué estoy hablando, ¿verdad?

You have no idea what I’m talking about, do you?

As the direct translation of ‘to have’, tener is used to build many expressions and idioms. In this case, tener una idea expresses that a person possesses or conceives an idea. Notice that tiene is the proper conjugation for ‘tú’.

Hace dos años, Jonathan (imperfect) un coche rojo

Two years ago, Jonathan had a red car

Since it expresses possession, we conjugate ‘tener’ in the imperfect tense to talk about Jonathan’s past belongings. Remember that the imperfect tense allows you to describe contexts or situations in the past. Tenía is the conjugation of the third person singular (Jonathan) in the imperfect tense.

Mi mamá y yo que preparar la cena

My mom and I have to prepare dinner

Just like ‘to have’ in English, in Spanish, we use ‘tener’ to talk about duties and obligations. Since my mom and I (we) are plural, we use the form tenemos. Notice that we indicate our duties with a second verb (to prepare dinner). 

Ayer, Ashley que irse temprano porque no se sentía bien

Yesterday, Ashley had to go early because she didn’t not feel well

In Spanish, tener que describes a person’s obligations. As a result, in this context, ‘tener que’ means ‘to have to’. Notice that in the previous example we’re talking about Ashley in a very specific moment in the past, therefore, you need to conjugate ‘tener’ in the preterite tense.

Hoy no he un buen día

Today, I have not had a good day

Tenido is the past participle form of ‘tener’. As a result, we use it to build compound tenses (present perfect and past perfect subjunctive. Notice that tenido remains the same no matter what subject you’re conjugating and it can be translated as ‘had’.

Ivan, ¿(preterite) tiempo de leer el reporte que te mandé?

Ivan, did you have time to read the report that I sent you?

Since ‘tener’ is the translation of ‘to have’, in Spanish, we use it to talk about possessions. Although time is not something that we touch, it’s still a possession. In this example, we’re referring to Ivan's concrete past action, as a result, we use the preterite conjugation tuvo.

Mañana, (yo) que llegar más temprano a la oficina

Tomorrow, I’ll have to arrive earlier to the office

This example talks about the future obligations and duties that I need to do. As a result, you need to conjugate the verb ‘tener’ in the future tense. Tendré is the corresponding conjugation for ‘yo’.

Clara, ¡(imperative tú) no  miedo, no pasa nada!

Clara, don’t be afraid, it’s okay

In Spanish, ‘tener’ is used to talk about someone’s feelings or physical states (hunger, fear, sleepiness, cold, etc). Notice that in this example we’re ordering or suggesting Clara to not be afraid. Therefore, you need to use the negative imperative no tengas.

Yo dos años cuando nos mudamos a esta casa

I was two years old when we moved to this house

‘Tener’ is used to express people’s age. In this context, we always conjugate ‘tener’ in the imperfect tense since age is just background information. Tenía is the conjugation for the first person singular (yo).

Ojalá que el restaurante la comida que te gusta

I hope the restaurant has the food that you like

‘Ojalá que’ requires you to use the Spanish subjunctive since it expresses wishes and hopes. In this example we’re talking about what we wish the restaurant (singular) to have, as a result, you need to use the third person singular present subjunctive conjugation: tenga.

El año que viene, Alicia que comprar otro coche

Next year, Alicia will have to buy another car

‘Tener que’ expresses obligation and duties. Notice that the expression ‘el año que viene’ (next year) indicates that you need to conjugate the verb in the future tense. Since Alicia is a third person singular, tendrá is the correct answer for this sentence.

Mi hermana le   miedo a las arañas

My sister is afraid of spiders

Although it’s translated as ‘to be’, in Spanish, we use tener to talk about feelings such as fear, sleepiness and hunger. I use tiene to express that ‘my sister has a fear of spiders’.

Quiz Results

Question Answer Given Correct Answer
Samantha, ¿cuántos años ____ Lucía?
Tyler ____ dos perros negros
¿Podemos comer más tarde? (Yo) no ____ hambre ahorita
(Tú) no ____ idea de qué estoy hablando, ¿verdad?
Hace dos años, Jonathan (imperfect) _____ un coche rojo
Mi mamá y yo _____ que preparar la cena
Ayer, Ashley _____ que irse temprano porque no se sentía bien
Hoy no he _____ un buen día
Ivan, ¿(preterite)______ tiempo de leer el reporte que te mandé?
Mañana, (yo) ______ que llegar más temprano a la oficina
Clara, ¡(imperative tú) no  ____ miedo, no pasa nada!
Yo ____ dos años cuando nos mudamos a esta casa
Ojalá que el restaurante _____ la comida que te gusta
El año que viene, Alicia ____ que comprar otro coche
Mi hermana le ____  miedo a las arañas

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