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How to conjugate Buscar in Spanish

To search (for), to look (for) Irregular

Introduction

Buscar is the Spanish verb for to search (for), to look (for). It is an irregular verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 16 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitivebuscarto search (for), to look (for)
Past participlebuscadosearched
Gerundbuscandosearching

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Indicative Tenses of Buscar

Buscar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of buscar 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, "busco", meaning "I search".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YobuscoI search
buscasyou search
Ella / Él / Ustedbuscas/he search, you (formal) search
Nosotras / Nosotrosbuscamoswe search
Vosotras / Vosotrosbuscáisyou (plural) search
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesbuscanthey search, you (plural formal) search
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Buscar in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of buscar is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "busqué", meaning "I searched".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YobusquéI searched
buscasteyou searched
Ella / Él / Ustedbuscós/he searched, you (formal) searched
Nosotras / Nosotrosbuscamoswe searched
Vosotras / Vosotrosbuscasteisyou (plural) searched
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesbuscaronthey searched, you (plural formal) searched
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Buscar in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of buscar is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "buscaba", meaning "I used to search".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YobuscabaI used to search
buscabasyou used to search
Ella / Él / Ustedbuscabas/he used to search, you (formal) used to search
Nosotras / Nosotrosbuscábamoswe used to search
Vosotras / Vosotrosbuscabaisyou (plural) used to search
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesbuscabanthey used to search, you (plural formal) used to search
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Buscar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of buscar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "buscaré", meaning "I will search".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YobuscaréI will search
buscarásyou will search
Ella / Él / Ustedbuscarás/he will search, you (formal) will search
Nosotras / Nosotrosbuscaremoswe will search
Vosotras / Vosotrosbuscaréisyou (plural) will search
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesbuscaránthey will search, you (plural formal) will search
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Buscar in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of buscar is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "buscaría", meaning "I would search".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YobuscaríaI would search
buscaríasyou would search
Ella / Él / Ustedbuscarías/he would search, you (formal) would search
Nosotras / Nosotrosbuscaríamoswe would search
Vosotras / Vosotrosbuscaríaisyou (plural) would search
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesbuscaríanthey would search, you (plural formal) would search
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Buscar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of buscar 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 buscado", meaning "I have searched".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe buscadoI have searched
has buscadoyou have searched
Ella / Él / Ustedha buscados/he has searched, you (formal) have searched
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos buscadowe have searched
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis buscadoyou (plural) have searched
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan buscadothey have searched, you (plural formal) have searched
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Buscar in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of buscar is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había buscado", meaning "I had searched".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía buscadoI had searched
habías buscadoyou had searched
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía buscados/he had searched, you (formal) had searched
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos buscadowe had searched
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais buscadoyou (plural) had searched
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían buscadothey had searched, you (plural formal) had searched
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Buscar in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of buscar is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré buscado", meaning "I will have searched".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré buscadoI will have searched
habrás buscadoyou will have searched
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá buscados/he will have searched, you (formal) will have searched
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos buscadowe will have searched
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis buscadoyou (plural) will have searched
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán buscadothey will have searched, you (plural formal) will have searched
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Buscar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of buscar is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría buscado", meaning "I would have searched".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría buscadoI would have searched
habrías buscadoyou would have searched
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría buscados/he would have searched, you (formal) would have searched
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos buscadowe would have searched
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais buscadoyou (plural) would have searched
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían buscadothey would have searched, you (plural formal) would have searched
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Subjunctive Tenses of Buscar

Buscar 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, "busque", meaning "I search".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YobusqueI search
busquesyou search
Ella / Él / Ustedbusques/he search, you (formal) search
Nosotras / Nosotrosbusquemoswe search
Vosotras / Vosotrosbusquéisyou (plural) search
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesbusquenthey search, you (plural formal) search
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Buscar 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, "buscara", meaning "I searched".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YobuscaraI searched
buscarasyou searched
Ella / Él / Ustedbuscaras/he searched, you (formal) searched
Nosotras / Nosotrosbuscáramoswe searched
Vosotras / Vosotrosbuscaraisyou (plural) searched
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesbuscaranthey searched, you (plural formal) searched
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Buscar in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "buscare", meaning "I will search".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YobuscareI will search
buscaresyou will search
Ella / Él / Ustedbuscares/he will search, you (formal) will search
Nosotras / Nosotrosbuscáremoswe will search
Vosotras / Vosotrosbuscareisyou (plural) will search
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesbuscarenthey will search, you (plural formal) will search
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Buscar 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 buscado", meaning "I have searched".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya buscadoI have searched
hayas buscadoyou have searched
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya buscados/he has searched, you (formal) have searched
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos buscadowe have searched
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis buscadoyou (plural) have searched
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan buscadothey have searched, you (plural formal) have searched
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Buscar 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 buscado", meaning "I had searched".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera buscadoI had searched
hubieras buscadoyou had searched
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera buscados/he had searched, you (formal) had searched
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos buscadowe had searched
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais buscadoyou (plural) had searched
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran buscadothey had searched, you (plural formal) had searched
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Buscar in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere buscadoI will have searched
hubieres buscadoyou will have searched
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere buscados/he will have searched, you (formal) will have searched
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos buscadowe will have searched
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis buscadoyou (plural) will have searched
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren buscadothey will have searched, you (plural formal) will have searched
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Imperative Tenses of Buscar

Buscar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
busca(to you) search!
Ella / Él / Ustedbusque(to you formal) search!
Nosotras / Nosotrosbusquemos(to we) search!
Vosotras / Vosotrosbuscad(to you plural) search!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesbusquen(to you plural formal) search!
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Buscar in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no busques(to you) don't search!
Ella / Él / Ustedno busque(to you formal) don't search!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno busquemos(to we) don't search!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno busquéis(to you plural) don't search!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno busquen(to you plural formal) don't search!
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Example sentences and usage

  • Si buscas las letras, realmente no significan mucho. If you look at the lyrics, they don't really mean much.
  • Busca las palabras en tu diccionario. Look up the words in your dictionary.
  • He encontrado exactamente lo que buscabas. I found the very thing you had been looking for.
  • No busques mi ayuda excepto en caso de emergencia. Don't look to me for any help except in case of emergency.
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