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How to conjugate Ayudar in Spanish

To help, to assist

Introduction

Ayudar is the Spanish verb for to help, to assist. It is a regular AR verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 16 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitiveayudarto help, to assist
Past participleayudadohelped
Gerundayudandohelping

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Indicative Tenses of Ayudar

Ayudar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of ayudar is used to talk about situations, events or thoughts that are happening now or in the near future. It is also used to talk about facts and truths. For example, "ayudo a mi abuela", meaning "I help my grandmother".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoayudoI help
ayudasyou help
Ella / Él / Ustedayudas/he help, you (formal) help
Nosotras / Nosotrosayudamoswe help
Vosotras / Vosotrosayudáisyou (plural) help
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesayudanthey help, you (plural formal) help
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Ayudar in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of ayudar is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "ayudé a mi abuela", meaning "I helped my grandmother".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoayudéI helped
ayudasteyou helped
Ella / Él / Ustedayudós/he helped, you (formal) helped
Nosotras / Nosotrosayudamoswe helped
Vosotras / Vosotrosayudasteisyou (plural) helped
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesayudaronthey helped, you (plural formal) helped
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Ayudar in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of ayudar is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "ayudaba a mi abuela", meaning "I used to help my grandmother".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoayudabaI used to help
ayudabasyou used to help
Ella / Él / Ustedayudabas/he used to help, you (formal) used to help
Nosotras / Nosotrosayudábamoswe used to help
Vosotras / Vosotrosayudabaisyou (plural) used to help
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesayudabanthey used to help, you (plural formal) used to help
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Ayudar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of ayudar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "ayudaré a mi abuela", meaning "I will help my grandmother".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoayudaréI will help
ayudarásyou will help
Ella / Él / Ustedayudarás/he will help, you (formal) will help
Nosotras / Nosotrosayudaremoswe will help
Vosotras / Vosotrosayudaréisyou (plural) will help
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesayudaránthey will help, you (plural formal) will help
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Ayudar in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of ayudar is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "ayudaría a mi abuela", meaning "I would help my grandmother".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoayudaríaI would help
ayudaríasyou would help
Ella / Él / Ustedayudarías/he would help, you (formal) would help
Nosotras / Nosotrosayudaríamoswe would help
Vosotras / Vosotrosayudaríaisyou (plural) would help
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesayudaríanthey would help, you (plural formal) would help
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Ayudar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of ayudar is used to describe actions that started recently (in the past) and are still happening now or things that have been done recently. For example, "he ayudado a mi abuela", meaning "I have helped my grandmother".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe ayudadoI have helped
has ayudadoyou have helped
Ella / Él / Ustedha ayudados/he has helped, you (formal) have helped
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos ayudadowe have helped
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis ayudadoyou (plural) have helped
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan ayudadothey have helped, you (plural formal) have helped
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Ayudar in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of ayudar is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había ayudado a mi abuela", meaning "I had helped my grandmother".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía ayudadoI had helped
habías ayudadoyou had helped
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía ayudados/he had helped, you (formal) had helped
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos ayudadowe had helped
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais ayudadoyou (plural) had helped
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían ayudadothey had helped, you (plural formal) had helped
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Ayudar in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of ayudar is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré ayudado a mi abuela", meaning "I will have helped my grandmother".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré ayudadoI will have helped
habrás ayudadoyou will have helped
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá ayudados/he will have helped, you (formal) will have helped
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos ayudadowe will have helped
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis ayudadoyou (plural) will have helped
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán ayudadothey will have helped, you (plural formal) will have helped
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Ayudar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of ayudar is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría ayudado a mi abuela", meaning "I would have helped my grandmother".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría ayudadoI would have helped
habrías ayudadoyou would have helped
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría ayudados/he would have helped, you (formal) would have helped
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos ayudadowe would have helped
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais ayudadoyou (plural) would have helped
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían ayudadothey would have helped, you (plural formal) would have helped
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Subjunctive Tenses of Ayudar

Ayudar in the Subjunctive Present

The Subjunctive Present is used to talk about situations of uncertainty, or emotions such as wishes, desires and hopes. It differs from the indicative mood due to the uncertainty of the events which are being spoken about. For example, "ayude", meaning "I help".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoayudeI help
ayudesyou help
Ella / Él / Ustedayudes/he help, you (formal) help
Nosotras / Nosotrosayudemoswe help
Vosotras / Vosotrosayudéisyou (plural) help
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesayudenthey help, you (plural formal) help
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Ayudar in the Subjunctive Imperfect

The Subjunctive Imperfect is used to speak about unlikely or uncertain events in the past or to cast an opinion (emotional) about something that happened in the past. For example, "ayudara", meaning "I helped".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoayudaraI helped
ayudarasyou helped
Ella / Él / Ustedayudaras/he helped, you (formal) helped
Nosotras / Nosotrosayudáramoswe helped
Vosotras / Vosotrosayudaraisyou (plural) helped
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesayudaranthey helped, you (plural formal) helped
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Ayudar in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "ayudare", meaning "I will help".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoayudareI will help
ayudaresyou will help
Ella / Él / Ustedayudares/he will help, you (formal) will help
Nosotras / Nosotrosayudáremoswe will help
Vosotras / Vosotrosayudareisyou (plural) will help
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesayudarenthey will help, you (plural formal) will help
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Ayudar in the Subjunctive Present Perfect

The Subjunctive Present Perfect is used to describe past actions or events that are still connected to the present day and to speak about an action that will have happened by a certain time in the future. For example, "haya ayudado", meaning "I have helped".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya ayudadoI have helped
hayas ayudadoyou have helped
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya ayudados/he has helped, you (formal) have helped
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos ayudadowe have helped
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis ayudadoyou (plural) have helped
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan ayudadothey have helped, you (plural formal) have helped
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Ayudar in the Subjunctive Past Perfect

The Subjunctive Past Perfect is used to speak about hypothetical situations, and actions/events that occurred before other actions/events in the past. For example, "hubiera ayudado", meaning "I had helped".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera ayudadoI had helped
hubieras ayudadoyou had helped
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera ayudados/he had helped, you (formal) had helped
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos ayudadowe had helped
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais ayudadoyou (plural) had helped
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran ayudadothey had helped, you (plural formal) had helped
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Ayudar in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

The Subjunctive Future Perfect is used For example, "hubiere ayudado", meaning "I will have helped".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere ayudadoI will have helped
hubieres ayudadoyou will have helped
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere ayudados/he will have helped, you (formal) will have helped
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos ayudadowe will have helped
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis ayudadoyou (plural) will have helped
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren ayudadothey will have helped, you (plural formal) will have helped
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Imperative Tenses of Ayudar

Ayudar in the Imperative Affirmative

The Imperative Affirmative is used to give orders and commands, to tell someone to do something. For example, "ayude", meaning "(to you formal) help!".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
ayuda(to you) help!
Ella / Él / Ustedayude(to you formal) help!
Nosotras / Nosotrosayudemos(to we) help!
Vosotras / Vosotrosayudad(to you plural) help!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesayuden(to you plural formal) help!
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Ayudar in the Imperative Negative

The Imperative Negative is used to give orders and commands, telling someone not to do something. For example, "no ayude", meaning "(to you formal) don't help!".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no ayudes(to you) don't help!
Ella / Él / Ustedno ayude(to you formal) don't help!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno ayudemos(to we) don't help!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno ayudéis(to you plural) don't help!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno ayuden(to you plural formal) don't help!
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Example sentences and usage

  • Cuando intenta probar algo, ayuda saber que es verdad. When you're trying to prove something, it helps to know it's true.
  • A quien madruga Dios le ayuda. The early bird catches the worm.
  • Hay muchas cosas por hacer, ¿quieres ayuda? There's quite a lot of things to do; do you want some help?
  • Tus consejos siempre me son de ayuda. Your advice is always helpful to me.
  • La información que me diste no me es de ayuda. The information you gave me is of little use.
  • Lo haré con la condición de que me ayudes. I will do it on the condition that you help me.
  • No busques mi ayuda excepto en caso de emergencia. Don't look to me for any help except in case of emergency.
  • Gracias de nuevo por su amable ayuda. Thank you again for your kind assistance.
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