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How to conjugate Cantar in Spanish

To sing Regular AR Verb

Introduction

Cantar is the Spanish verb for "to sing". It is a regular AR verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivecantarto sing
Past participlecantadosung
Gerundcantandosinging
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Indicative Tenses of Cantar

Cantar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of cantar 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, "canto", meaning "I sing".

In Spanish, the Indicative Present is known as "El Presente".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocantoI sing
Túcantasyou sing
Ella / Él / Ustedcantas/he sings, you (formal) sings
Nosotras / Nosotroscantamoswe sing
Vosotras / Vosotroscantáisyou (plural) sing
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescantanthey sing, you (plural formal) sing
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Cantar in the Indicative Preterite

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

In Spanish, the Indicative Preterite is known as "El Pretérito Indefinido".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocantéI sang
Túcantasteyou sang
Ella / Él / Ustedcantós/he sang, you (formal) sang
Nosotras / Nosotroscantamoswe sang
Vosotras / Vosotroscantasteisyou (plural) sang
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescantaronthey sang, you (plural formal) sang
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Cantar in the Indicative Imperfect

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

In Spanish, the Indicative Imperfect is known as "El Pretérito Imperfecto".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocantabaI used to sing
Túcantabasyou used to sing
Ella / Él / Ustedcantabas/he used to sing, you (formal) used to sing
Nosotras / Nosotroscantábamoswe used to sing
Vosotras / Vosotroscantabaisyou (plural) used to sing
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescantabanthey used to sing, you (plural formal) used to sing
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Cantar in the Indicative Present Continuous

The Indicative Present Continuous of cantar is used to talk about something that is happening continuously or right now. For example, "estoy cantando", meaning "I am singing".

In Spanish, the Indicative Present Continuous is known as "El Presente Progresivo".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy cantandoI am singing
Túestás cantandoyou are singing
Ella / Él / Ustedestá cantandos/he is singing, you (formal) are singing
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos cantandowe are singing
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis cantandoyou (plural) are singing
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán cantandothey are singing, you (plural formal) are singing
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Cantar in the Indicative Informal Future

The Indicative Informal Future of cantar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future, especially in the near future. For example, "voy a cantar", meaning "I am going to sing".

In Spanish, the Indicative Informal Future is known as "El Futuro Próximo".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a cantarI am going to sing
Túvas a cantaryou are going to sing
Ella / Él / Ustedva a cantars/he is going to sing, you (formal) are going to sing
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a cantarwe are going to sing
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a cantaryou (plural) are going to sing
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a cantarthey are going to sing, you (plural formal) are going to sing
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Cantar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of cantar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "cantaré", meaning "I will sing".

In Spanish, the Indicative Future is known as "El Futuro Simple".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocantaréI will sing
Túcantarásyou will sing
Ella / Él / Ustedcantarás/he will sing, you (formal) will sing
Nosotras / Nosotroscantaremoswe will sing
Vosotras / Vosotroscantaréisyou (plural) will sing
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescantaránthey will sing, you (plural formal) will sing
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Cantar in the Indicative Conditional

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

In Spanish, the Indicative Conditional is known as "El Condicional Simple".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocantaríaI would sing
Túcantaríasyou would sing
Ella / Él / Ustedcantarías/he would sing, you (formal) would sing
Nosotras / Nosotroscantaríamoswe would sing
Vosotras / Vosotroscantaríaisyou (plural) would sing
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescantaríanthey would sing, you (plural formal) would sing
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Cantar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of cantar 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 cantado", meaning "I have sung".

In Spanish, the Indicative Present Perfect is known as "El Pretérito Perfecto".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe cantadoI have sung
Túhas cantadoyou have sung
Ella / Él / Ustedha cantados/he has sung, you (formal) have sung
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos cantadowe have sung
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis cantadoyou (plural) have sung
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan cantadothey have sung, you (plural formal) have sung
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Cantar in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

In Spanish, the Indicative Past Perfect is known as "El Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía cantadoI had sung
Túhabías cantadoyou had sung
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía cantados/he had sung, you (formal) had sung
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos cantadowe had sung
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais cantadoyou (plural) had sung
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían cantadothey had sung, you (plural formal) had sung
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Cantar in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

In Spanish, the Indicative Future Perfect is known as "El Futuro Perfecto".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré cantadoI will have sung
Túhabrás cantadoyou will have sung
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá cantados/he will have sung, you (formal) will have sung
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos cantadowe will have sung
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis cantadoyou (plural) will have sung
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán cantadothey will have sung, you (plural formal) will have sung
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Cantar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

In Spanish, the Indicative Conditional Perfect is known as "El Condicional Perfecto".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría cantadoI would have sung
Túhabrías cantadoyou would have sung
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría cantados/he would have sung, you (formal) would have sung
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos cantadowe would have sung
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais cantadoyou (plural) would have sung
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían cantadothey would have sung, you (plural formal) would have sung
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Subjunctive Tenses of Cantar

Cantar 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, "cante", meaning "I sing".

In Spanish, the Subjunctive Present is known as "El Presente de Subjuntivo".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocanteI sing
Túcantesyou sing
Ella / Él / Ustedcantes/he sings, you (formal) sings
Nosotras / Nosotroscantemoswe sing
Vosotras / Vosotroscantéisyou (plural) sing
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescantenthey sing, you (plural formal) sing
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Cantar 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, "cantara", meaning "I sang".

In Spanish, the Subjunctive Imperfect is known as "El Imperfecto Subjuntivo".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocantaraI sang
Túcantarasyou sang
Ella / Él / Ustedcantaras/he sang, you (formal) sang
Nosotras / Nosotroscantáramoswe sang
Vosotras / Vosotroscantaraisyou (plural) sang
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescantaranthey sang, you (plural formal) sang
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Cantar in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used to speak about hypothetical situations, and actions/events that may happen in the future. Note that this is very rarely used in Spanish. For example, "cantare", meaning "I will sing".

In Spanish, the Subjunctive Future is known as "El Futuro de Subjuntivo".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocantareI will sing
Túcantaresyou will sing
Ella / Él / Ustedcantares/he will sing, you (formal) will sing
Nosotras / Nosotroscantáremoswe will sing
Vosotras / Vosotroscantareisyou (plural) will sing
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescantarenthey will sing, you (plural formal) will sing
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Cantar 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 cantado", meaning "I have sung".

In Spanish, the Subjunctive Present Perfect is known as "El Pretérito Perfecto de Subjuntivo".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya cantadoI have sung
Túhayas cantadoyou have sung
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya cantados/he has sung, you (formal) have sung
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos cantadowe have sung
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis cantadoyou (plural) have sung
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan cantadothey have sung, you (plural formal) have sung
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Cantar 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 cantado", meaning "I had sung".

In Spanish, the Subjunctive Past Perfect is known as "El Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera cantadoI had sung
Túhubieras cantadoyou had sung
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera cantados/he had sung, you (formal) had sung
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos cantadowe had sung
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais cantadoyou (plural) had sung
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran cantadothey had sung, you (plural formal) had sung
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Cantar in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

The Subjunctive Future Perfect is used to speak about something that will have happened if a hypothetical situations occurs in the future. Note that this is very rarely used in Spanish. For example, "hubiere cantado", meaning "I will have sung".

In Spanish, the Subjunctive Future Perfect is known as "El Futuro Perfecto de Subjuntivo".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere cantadoI will have sung
Túhubieres cantadoyou will have sung
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere cantados/he will have sung, you (formal) will have sung
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos cantadowe will have sung
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis cantadoyou (plural) will have sung
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren cantadothey will have sung, you (plural formal) will have sung
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Imperative Tenses of Cantar

Cantar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

In Spanish, the Imperative Affirmative is known as "El Imperativo Afirmativo".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túcanta(to you) sing!
Ella / Él / Ustedcante(to you formal) sing!
Nosotras / Nosotroscantemoslet's sing!
Vosotras / Vosotroscantad(to you plural) sing!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescanten(to you plural formal) sing!
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Cantar in the Imperative Negative

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

In Spanish, the Imperative Negative is known as "El Imperativo Negativo".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túno cantes(to you) don't sing!
Ella / Él / Ustedno cante(to you formal) don't sing!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno cantemoslet's not sing!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno cantéis(to you plural) don't sing!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno canten(to you plural formal) don't sing!
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