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How to conjugate Contar in Spanish

To count, to tell Irregular

Introduction

Contar is the Spanish verb for to count, to tell. It is an irregular verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 16 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitivecontarto count, to tell
Past participlecontadocounted
Gerundcontandocounting

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Indicative Tenses of Contar

Contar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of contar 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, "cuento los animales", meaning "I count the animals".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocuentoI count
cuentasyou count
Ella / Él / Ustedcuentas/he count, you (formal) count
Nosotras / Nosotroscontamoswe count
Vosotras / Vosotroscontáisyou (plural) count
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuentanthey count, you (plural formal) count
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Contar in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of contar is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "conté los animales", meaning "I counted the animals".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontéI counted
contasteyou counted
Ella / Él / Ustedcontós/he counted, you (formal) counted
Nosotras / Nosotroscontamoswe counted
Vosotras / Vosotroscontasteisyou (plural) counted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontaronthey counted, you (plural formal) counted
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Contar in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of contar is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "contaba los animales", meaning "I used to count the animals".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontabaI used to count
contabasyou used to count
Ella / Él / Ustedcontabas/he used to count, you (formal) used to count
Nosotras / Nosotroscontábamoswe used to count
Vosotras / Vosotroscontabaisyou (plural) used to count
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontabanthey used to count, you (plural formal) used to count
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Contar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of contar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "contaré los animales", meaning "I will count the animals".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontaréI will count
contarásyou will count
Ella / Él / Ustedcontarás/he will count, you (formal) will count
Nosotras / Nosotroscontaremoswe will count
Vosotras / Vosotroscontaréisyou (plural) will count
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontaránthey will count, you (plural formal) will count
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Contar in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of contar is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "contaría los animales", meaning "I would count the animals".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontaríaI would count
contaríasyou would count
Ella / Él / Ustedcontarías/he would count, you (formal) would count
Nosotras / Nosotroscontaríamoswe would count
Vosotras / Vosotroscontaríaisyou (plural) would count
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontaríanthey would count, you (plural formal) would count
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Contar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of contar 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 contado los animales", meaning "I have counted the animals".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe contadoI have counted
has contadoyou have counted
Ella / Él / Ustedha contados/he has counted, you (formal) have counted
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos contadowe have counted
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis contadoyou (plural) have counted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan contadothey have counted, you (plural formal) have counted
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Contar in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of contar is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había contado los animales", meaning "I had counted the animals".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía contadoI had counted
habías contadoyou had counted
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía contados/he had counted, you (formal) had counted
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos contadowe had counted
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais contadoyou (plural) had counted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían contadothey had counted, you (plural formal) had counted
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Contar in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of contar is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré contado los animales", meaning "I will have counted the animals".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré contadoI will have counted
habrás contadoyou will have counted
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá contados/he will have counted, you (formal) will have counted
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos contadowe will have counted
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis contadoyou (plural) will have counted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán contadothey will have counted, you (plural formal) will have counted
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Contar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of contar is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría contado los animales", meaning "I would have counted the animals".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría contadoI would have counted
habrías contadoyou would have counted
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría contados/he would have counted, you (formal) would have counted
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos contadowe would have counted
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais contadoyou (plural) would have counted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían contadothey would have counted, you (plural formal) would have counted
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Subjunctive Tenses of Contar

Contar 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, "cuente", meaning "I count".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocuenteI count
cuentesyou count
Ella / Él / Ustedcuentes/he count, you (formal) count
Nosotras / Nosotroscontemoswe count
Vosotras / Vosotroscontéisyou (plural) count
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuententhey count, you (plural formal) count
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Contar 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, "contara", meaning "I counted".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontaraI counted
contarasyou counted
Ella / Él / Ustedcontaras/he counted, you (formal) counted
Nosotras / Nosotroscontáramoswe counted
Vosotras / Vosotroscontaraisyou (plural) counted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontaranthey counted, you (plural formal) counted
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Contar in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "contare", meaning "I will count".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontareI will count
contaresyou will count
Ella / Él / Ustedcontares/he will count, you (formal) will count
Nosotras / Nosotroscontáremoswe will count
Vosotras / Vosotroscontareisyou (plural) will count
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontarenthey will count, you (plural formal) will count
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Contar 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 contado", meaning "I have counted".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya contadoI have counted
hayas contadoyou have counted
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya contados/he has counted, you (formal) have counted
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos contadowe have counted
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis contadoyou (plural) have counted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan contadothey have counted, you (plural formal) have counted
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Contar 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 contado", meaning "I had counted".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera contadoI had counted
hubieras contadoyou had counted
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera contados/he had counted, you (formal) had counted
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos contadowe had counted
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais contadoyou (plural) had counted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran contadothey had counted, you (plural formal) had counted
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Contar in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere contadoI will have counted
hubieres contadoyou will have counted
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere contados/he will have counted, you (formal) will have counted
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos contadowe will have counted
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis contadoyou (plural) will have counted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren contadothey will have counted, you (plural formal) will have counted
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Imperative Tenses of Contar

Contar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
cuenta(to you) count!
Ella / Él / Ustedcuente(to you formal) count!
Nosotras / Nosotroscontemos(to we) count!
Vosotras / Vosotroscontad(to you plural) count!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuenten(to you plural formal) count!
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Contar in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no cuentes(to you) don't count!
Ella / Él / Ustedno cuente(to you formal) don't count!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno contemos(to we) don't count!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno contéis(to you plural) don't count!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno cuenten(to you plural formal) don't count!
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Example sentences and usage

  • Él me contó la historia de su vida. He told me the story of his life.
  • Cuento con tu ayuda. I expect your help.
  • Cuento con que te unas a nosotros. I am counting on you to join us.
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