The practice-first approach to learning how to conjugate comer.

Welcome to Comer Conjugation! Our aim here is to help you master the verb comer and all its conjugations, without the need to memorise lots of boring grammar rules and mind-numbing verb tables. Of course, if that's your type of thing, we'll provide that for you too, but our focus will be on practice, practice, practice, with plenty of opportunities to test your knowledge with our interactive quizzes and games.

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Sentences, Dialogs and Audio

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A brief overview of the verb comer

People in the Spanish-speaking world love to eat (let's be honest, who doesn't?), so you'll find yourself reaching for the verb on a daily basis. Luckily, the verb 'comer' is a regular '-er verb', which means its conjugations follow the exact same form as all the other regular '-er verbs' that you might be familiar with, such as 'beber', 'vender', or 'conocer'.

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Other common usages / meanings of the verb comer

1) To consume, corrode, wear down

Whilst talking about erosion or corrosion etc, the Spanish verb comer is used in very much the same way we might use the verb 'to eat' in English.

Consider the following examples:

El óxido ha comido el metal - The rust 'has eaten away at' / 'corroded' the metal

El agua comió los muros de piedra con el tiempo - The water 'ate away at' / 'wore away' the walls over time

Los pensamientos oscuros le comían el alma - Dark thoughts 'ate away at' / 'consumed' his soul

2) To have lunch or dinner

There are many different words that can be used to express the idea of having a meal. In Spanish, the verb 'almorzar' is typically used to describe having lunch or eating lunch. However, in certain parts of Latin America and in certain regions of Spain, the word comer can also be used with this same meaning. To confuse things further, in countries such as Colombia, the word "comer" can also be used to signify having or eating dinner.

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Not only do we have lots of examples for you to practice with, we also let you define what you'd like to practice, meaning you can zoom in on what you'd like to focus on. If there's a certain tense or set of pronouns you're struggling with, you can choose to practice just that and forget about the conjugations you've already mastered. Not only that, but we also give you the option of choosing how you'd like to practice. So if you're the type of person who likes to practice with flash cards, by listening, by simply reading, or a mixture of both, we've got you covered.

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The pronominal form of the verb comer

It is worth pointing out that there might be times when you come across the pronominal form of the verb comer (usually in informal spoken Spanish). Don't be scared by the word 'pronominal', it simply means 'relating to a pronoun' and in this case, the verb comer will be preceded by one of the following reflexive pronouns (te/me/nos/se/os).

This pronominal form is added when one would like to highlight the quantity of food eaten.

Consider the following examples:

Hoy él comió hamburguesas - Today he ate hamburgers

¡Hoy él se comió cuatro hamburguesas! - Today he ate four hamburgers!

Can you see how the pronominal form of the verb (highlighted in red) gives emphasis to the number of hamburgers eaten!

This pronominal form is completely optional.

Consider the following examples:

¡Esta mañana nos hemos comido 7 empanadas! - This morning we ate 7 empanadas! - CORRECT

¡Esta mañana hemos comido 7 empanadas! - This morning we ate 7 empanadas! - CORRECT

Can you see how the both the pronominal and non-pronominal forms of the verb (highlighted in red) are perfectly valid ways of expressing the same thing.

It is important to note that the pronominal form must only be used when referring to a specific quantity of food eaten, and therefore it follows that a determiner must be used when forming your sentence. A determiner in this case could be a numerical adjective (2 apples), a definite article (the apple), an indefinite article (an apple) or a phrase (a slice of apple).

Consider the following examples:

Numerical adjective:

Me comí dos manzanas – I ate two apples - CORRECT

Me comí manzanas - INCORRECT

Definite article:

Anoche se comieron la pata de jamón – Last night they ate a leg of ham - CORRECT

Anoche se comieron pata de jamón - INCORRECT

Indefinite article:

Anoche te comiste un pollo entero – Last night you ate a chicken - CORRECT

Anoche te comiste pollo entero- INCORRECT


La semana pasada os comisteis toda la tarta – Last week you ate all the cake. - CORRECT

La semana pasada os comisteis tarta - INCORRECT

Can you see how adding a determiner (highlighted in red) allows you to use the pronominal form of the verb.

Other resources you might find useful

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Wikipedia - Spanish Conjugations

Wikipedia page about Spanish verb conjugations in general

Wiktionary - Comer

Wiktionary resource that focuses specifically on the Spanish word comer

RAE - Comer

The 'Real Academia Española' page for comer

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Common expressions and idioms

The verb comer is heavily used in common expressions and idioms throughout the Spanish speaking world. You will them often, so learn them well!

Here are a few of the more common ones:

Pan comido - When something is very easy / A piece of cake

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