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How to conjugate Contestar in Spanish

To answer, to reply Regular AR Verb

Introduction

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

Similar verbs to contestar include: responder.

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivecontestarto answer, to reply
Past participlecontestadoanswered
Gerundcontestandoanswering
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Indicative Tenses of Contestar

Contestar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of contestar 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, "contesto", meaning "I answer".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontestoI answer
Túcontestasyou answer
Ella / Él / Ustedcontestas/he answers, you (formal) answers
Nosotras / Nosotroscontestamoswe answer
Vosotras / Vosotroscontestáisyou (plural) answer
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontestanthey answer, you (plural formal) answer
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Contestar in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontestéI answered
Túcontestasteyou answered
Ella / Él / Ustedcontestós/he answered, you (formal) answered
Nosotras / Nosotroscontestamoswe answered
Vosotras / Vosotroscontestasteisyou (plural) answered
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontestaronthey answered, you (plural formal) answered
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Contestar in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontestabaI used to answer
Túcontestabasyou used to answer
Ella / Él / Ustedcontestabas/he used to answer, you (formal) used to answer
Nosotras / Nosotroscontestábamoswe used to answer
Vosotras / Vosotroscontestabaisyou (plural) used to answer
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontestabanthey used to answer, you (plural formal) used to answer
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Contestar in the Indicative Present Continuous

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy contestandoI am answering
Túestás contestandoyou are answering
Ella / Él / Ustedestá contestandos/he is answering, you (formal) are answering
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos contestandowe are answering
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis contestandoyou (plural) are answering
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán contestandothey are answering, you (plural formal) are answering
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Contestar in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a contestarI am going to answer
Túvas a contestaryou are going to answer
Ella / Él / Ustedva a contestars/he is going to answer, you (formal) are going to answer
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a contestarwe are going to answer
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a contestaryou (plural) are going to answer
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a contestarthey are going to answer, you (plural formal) are going to answer
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Contestar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of contestar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "contestaré", meaning "I will answer".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontestaréI will answer
Túcontestarásyou will answer
Ella / Él / Ustedcontestarás/he will answer, you (formal) will answer
Nosotras / Nosotroscontestaremoswe will answer
Vosotras / Vosotroscontestaréisyou (plural) will answer
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontestaránthey will answer, you (plural formal) will answer
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Contestar in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontestaríaI would answer
Túcontestaríasyou would answer
Ella / Él / Ustedcontestarías/he would answer, you (formal) would answer
Nosotras / Nosotroscontestaríamoswe would answer
Vosotras / Vosotroscontestaríaisyou (plural) would answer
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontestaríanthey would answer, you (plural formal) would answer
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Contestar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of contestar 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 contestado", meaning "I have answered".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe contestadoI have answered
Túhas contestadoyou have answered
Ella / Él / Ustedha contestados/he has answered, you (formal) have answered
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos contestadowe have answered
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis contestadoyou (plural) have answered
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan contestadothey have answered, you (plural formal) have answered
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Contestar in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía contestadoI had answered
Túhabías contestadoyou had answered
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía contestados/he had answered, you (formal) had answered
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos contestadowe had answered
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais contestadoyou (plural) had answered
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían contestadothey had answered, you (plural formal) had answered
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Contestar in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré contestadoI will have answered
Túhabrás contestadoyou will have answered
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá contestados/he will have answered, you (formal) will have answered
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos contestadowe will have answered
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis contestadoyou (plural) will have answered
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán contestadothey will have answered, you (plural formal) will have answered
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Contestar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría contestadoI would have answered
Túhabrías contestadoyou would have answered
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría contestados/he would have answered, you (formal) would have answered
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos contestadowe would have answered
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais contestadoyou (plural) would have answered
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían contestadothey would have answered, you (plural formal) would have answered
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Subjunctive Tenses of Contestar

Contestar 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, "conteste", meaning "I answer".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontesteI answer
Túcontestesyou answer
Ella / Él / Ustedcontestes/he answers, you (formal) answers
Nosotras / Nosotroscontestemoswe answer
Vosotras / Vosotroscontestéisyou (plural) answer
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontestenthey answer, you (plural formal) answer
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Contestar 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, "contestara", meaning "I answered".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontestaraI answered
Túcontestarasyou answered
Ella / Él / Ustedcontestaras/he answered, you (formal) answered
Nosotras / Nosotroscontestáramoswe answered
Vosotras / Vosotroscontestaraisyou (plural) answered
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontestaranthey answered, you (plural formal) answered
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Contestar 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, "contestare", meaning "I will answer".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocontestareI will answer
Túcontestaresyou will answer
Ella / Él / Ustedcontestares/he will answer, you (formal) will answer
Nosotras / Nosotroscontestáremoswe will answer
Vosotras / Vosotroscontestareisyou (plural) will answer
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontestarenthey will answer, you (plural formal) will answer
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Contestar 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 contestado", meaning "I have answered".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya contestadoI have answered
Túhayas contestadoyou have answered
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya contestados/he has answered, you (formal) have answered
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos contestadowe have answered
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis contestadoyou (plural) have answered
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan contestadothey have answered, you (plural formal) have answered
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Contestar 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 contestado", meaning "I had answered".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera contestadoI had answered
Túhubieras contestadoyou had answered
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera contestados/he had answered, you (formal) had answered
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos contestadowe had answered
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais contestadoyou (plural) had answered
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran contestadothey had answered, you (plural formal) had answered
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Contestar 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 contestado", meaning "I will have answered".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere contestadoI will have answered
Túhubieres contestadoyou will have answered
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere contestados/he will have answered, you (formal) will have answered
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos contestadowe will have answered
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis contestadoyou (plural) will have answered
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren contestadothey will have answered, you (plural formal) will have answered
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Imperative Tenses of Contestar

Contestar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túcontesta(to you) answer!
Ella / Él / Ustedconteste(to you formal) answer!
Nosotras / Nosotroscontestemoslet's answer!
Vosotras / Vosotroscontestad(to you plural) answer!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescontesten(to you plural formal) answer!
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Contestar in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túno contestes(to you) don't answer!
Ella / Él / Ustedno conteste(to you formal) don't answer!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno contestemoslet's not answer!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno contestéis(to you plural) don't answer!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno contesten(to you plural formal) don't answer!
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