Some of these grammar terms feel like their own language, but i'm here to make it easier for you! An infinitive is a verb. It means it is not conjugated. “Huh?” For example “SER o no SER” means “TO BE or not TO BE”… SER is a verb, but it is not conjugated. It does not have a subject. A conjugated verb DOES. Like I AM Brittany. I AM is conjugated for ME! YOU ARE a Spanish student. YOU ARE is conjugated for the subject, YOU. SER is just TO BE. I would never say I TO BE Brittany. NO! I would say I AM Brittany.
So the conjugated verb has a subject. The un-conjugated verb is called an infinitive. An infinitive always starts with TO in English. Like: to walk, to talk, to read, to drink, to eat. In Spanish it always has the ending, -AR, -ER, or -IR. Hablar, comer, beber, caminar, leer. So the -AR -ER and -IR endings in this case mean TO. Once you understand what an infinitive is, you can start spotting them and listening for them in the language! I hope this helped clear things up for you. Keep practicing and moving forward!
Brittany is a bilingual Spanish teacher who has lived in Spain and Argentina. Through this blog, she hopes to relate her travels, insights, and Spanish speaking journey!