Just noticed something (spanish) Advice? ir vs va

I just realized that IR and VA are the same (well, seemingly so)
They both appear to be a verb for ‘go’

when to use which, what is the difference?

IR is the infinitive form.

The other forms in Presente Indicativo Activo are:
yo voy
tú vas
él va
nosotros vamos
vosotros vais
ellos van

The verb IR has other different forms, for examples:

Pretérito Imperfecto Indicativo Activo: yo iba
Pretérito Indefinido Indicativo Activo: yo fui

damn, ill never remember that yet :slight_smile:
Thanks for the post though, im going to write this into my lang journal for later absorption.

Just be aware that “ir” is a very irregular verb, and be on the lookout for its weird forms. You’ll get used to them gradually.

Ir is being used a lot in the IDEL course im in for Beginner 1 Spanish.
Not sure ive seen other forms yet.

Also not sure what “irregular verb” means, or any type for that matter :smiley:

Sometimes a conjugation of a verb is not pure. Some forms are borrowed from a verb but others from another one. IR use the latin verbs “ire”, “vadere” and “esse”. For example respectively: “yo iría”, “yo voy”, “yo fui”. IR is the infinitive form, VA is the third person singular, present.

From “vadere”

yo voy
tú vas
él va
nosotros vamos
vosotros vais
ellos van

From “esse”

yo fui
tú fuiste
él fue
nosotros fuimos
vosotros fuisteis
ellos fueron

From “ire”

yo iré
tú irás
él irá
nosotros iremos
vosotros iréis
ellos irán

But all forms are the conjugation of the verb IR in different times, present, past, and future.

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So, samljer, just think of “ir” as " TO go" and you should be fine.

“Va” means “go” or “goes” without the “to”.

“Va” means “goes”. " Él va" > “he goes”.

I want so badly to understand and remember that but my eyes are glossing over. lol

Also “usted va” > “you go”.

@lu1974 - I enjoyed your post about the roots of the conjugation of “ir”. I think I had read that before but I had certainly forgotten it.

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fuisteis *

Thank you.