Am I correct that some present tense are the same conjugation in preterit tense?

For instance, "hablamos".

Or "hablo" is another example.

How do you tell the difference?

  • 'Hablo' does not fit your criteria.
    – Paul
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 3:38
  • @Paul yes it does. Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 12:47
  • @VladimirNul: the accent makes a big difference.
    – Paul
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 17:44
  • hablamos doesn't have an acute. Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 18:11

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In the indicative mood hablamos is both present and past and is the rest of the sentence that tells you the time.

Nosotros hablamos del partido = We talk about the game.

Ayer hablamos del partido = We talked yesterday about the game.

The situation with hablo is different because hablo is present of the first person and habló is past of the third (notice the accent mark):

Yo hablo del partido = I talk about the game.

Él habló del partido = He talked about the game.

The indicative present and past conjugation of the verb hablar are as follows:

|            |   Present    |     Past     |
| - Yo       | hablo        | hablé        |
| - Tú       | hablas       | hablaste     |
| - Él       | habla        | habló        |
| - Nosotros | hablamos     | hablamos     |
| - Vosotros | habláis      | hablasteis   |
| - Ellos    | hablan       | hablaron     |

There is also an imperfect form but you can check it out here.

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    – fedorqui
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 8:23

Any regular verb of the first conjugation (verbs with infinitive ending in 'ar') have this condition for the first plural person: jugamos, bailamos, rezamos... in fact just now I can't think of irregular verbs that doesn't meet the condition.

In the third conjugation (verbs ending in 'ir') it happens too, like in dormimos, discutimos, salimos, reímos. An exception can be found in vamos/fuimos.

We tell the difference just by the context: in common uses is really simple, however, in poetry or some obscure texts it can lead to confusion.

  • The point with ir is that it's an irregular verb. I think this should be the accepted answer.
    – mclopez
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 18:08
  • You can't think of irregular verbs that does not meet the condition?
    – Gilgamesh
    Commented Jun 8, 2020 at 18:35

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