jokerDon’t you have a friend who can solve any problem? Didn’t you say that your mum knew how to do everything, when you were a child? In Spanish we say “sirves para un roto y para un descosido” (to serve a multitude of purposes).

In our language, we have a tense that “sirve para un roto y para un descosido”. It’s the “presente de indicativo” (present simple). Maybe, this is the most useful tense for our students on, it’s their Joker.

Here you have some uses of “presente de indicativo”.

  1. Presente habitual: It’s used for frequent actions. Ej: Los domingos juego al tenis con mis amigos (On Sundays I play tennis with my friends).
  2. Presente atemporal: We use it with sentences, sayings and definitions. Ej: La Tierra gira alrededor del Sol. (Earth revolves around the Sun).
  3. Presente histórico: We use it for past actions, placing them closer to us. Ej: Cervantes publica el Quijote en 1605 (Cervantes published the Quixote in 1605).
  4. Presente con valor de futuro: It expresses future plans. Ej: El próximo martes me reúno con mi jefe (Next Tuesday I’m meeting my boss).
  5. Presente imperativo: To give orders. Ej: ¡Tú te callas! (Shut up!)

So, remember, if you want to play poker or learn Spanish via Skype, you can have a Joker in your hand: “el presente de indicativo”.