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How to conjugate Creer in Spanish

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Introduction

Creer is the Spanish verb meaning "to believe". On it's own, it refers to having faith, or believing in something. For example: Creo en Dios. (I believe in God). When you use "que" after the verb creer, the meaning changes to form an opinion about something. For example: Creo que podría estar enferma (I think she might be sick).

Similar verbs to creer include: juzgar (to consider), tener fe (to have faith), opinar (to believe), suponer (to suppose).

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitivecreerto believe
Past participlecreídobelieved
Gerundcreyendobelieving

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Indicative Tenses of Creer

Creer in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of creer 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, "creo en milagros", meaning "I believe in miracles".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocreoI believe
creesyou believe
Ella / Él / Ustedcrees/he believe, you (formal) believe
Nosotras / Nosotroscreemoswe believe
Vosotras / Vosotroscreéisyou (plural) believe
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescreenthey believe, you (plural formal) believe
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Creer in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of creer is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "creí en milagros", meaning "I believed in miracles".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocreíI believed
creísteyou believed
Ella / Él / Ustedcreyós/he believed, you (formal) believed
Nosotras / Nosotroscreímoswe believed
Vosotras / Vosotroscreísteisyou (plural) believed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescreyeronthey believed, you (plural formal) believed
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Creer in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of creer is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "creía en milagros", meaning "I used to believe in miracles".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocreíaI used to believe
creíasyou used to believe
Ella / Él / Ustedcreías/he used to believe, you (formal) used to believe
Nosotras / Nosotroscreíamoswe used to believe
Vosotras / Vosotroscreíaisyou (plural) used to believe
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescreíanthey used to believe, you (plural formal) used to believe
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Creer in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of creer is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "creeré en milagros", meaning "I will believe in miracles".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocreeréI will believe
creerásyou will believe
Ella / Él / Ustedcreerás/he will believe, you (formal) will believe
Nosotras / Nosotroscreeremoswe will believe
Vosotras / Vosotroscreeréisyou (plural) will believe
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescreeránthey will believe, you (plural formal) will believe
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Creer in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of creer is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "creería en milagros", meaning "I would believe in miracles".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocreeríaI would believe
creeríasyou would believe
Ella / Él / Ustedcreerías/he would believe, you (formal) would believe
Nosotras / Nosotroscreeríamoswe would believe
Vosotras / Vosotroscreeríaisyou (plural) would believe
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescreeríanthey would believe, you (plural formal) would believe
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Creer in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of creer 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 creído en milagros", meaning "I have believed in miracles".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe creídoI have believed
has creídoyou have believed
Ella / Él / Ustedha creídos/he has believed, you (formal) have believed
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos creídowe have believed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis creídoyou (plural) have believed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan creídothey have believed, you (plural formal) have believed
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Creer in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of creer is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había creído en milagros", meaning "I had believed in miracles".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía creídoI had believed
habías creídoyou had believed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía creídos/he had believed, you (formal) had believed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos creídowe had believed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais creídoyou (plural) had believed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían creídothey had believed, you (plural formal) had believed
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Creer in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of creer is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré creído en milagros", meaning "I will have believed in miracles".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré creídoI will have believed
habrás creídoyou will have believed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá creídos/he will have believed, you (formal) will have believed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos creídowe will have believed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis creídoyou (plural) will have believed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán creídothey will have believed, you (plural formal) will have believed
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Creer in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of creer is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría creído en milagros", meaning "I would have believed in miracles".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría creídoI would have believed
habrías creídoyou would have believed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría creídos/he would have believed, you (formal) would have believed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos creídowe would have believed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais creídoyou (plural) would have believed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían creídothey would have believed, you (plural formal) would have believed
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Subjunctive Tenses of Creer

Creer 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, "crea", meaning "I believe".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocreaI believe
creasyou believe
Ella / Él / Ustedcreas/he believe, you (formal) believe
Nosotras / Nosotroscreamoswe believe
Vosotras / Vosotroscreáisyou (plural) believe
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescreanthey believe, you (plural formal) believe
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Creer 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, "creyera", meaning "I believed".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocreyeraI believed
creyerasyou believed
Ella / Él / Ustedcreyeras/he believed, you (formal) believed
Nosotras / Nosotroscreyéramoswe believed
Vosotras / Vosotroscreyeraisyou (plural) believed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescreyeranthey believed, you (plural formal) believed
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Creer in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "creyere", meaning "I will believe".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocreyereI will believe
creyeresyou will believe
Ella / Él / Ustedcreyeres/he will believe, you (formal) will believe
Nosotras / Nosotroscreyéremoswe will believe
Vosotras / Vosotroscreyereisyou (plural) will believe
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescreyerenthey will believe, you (plural formal) will believe
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Creer 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 creído", meaning "I have believed".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya creídoI have believed
hayas creídoyou have believed
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya creídos/he has believed, you (formal) have believed
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos creídowe have believed
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis creídoyou (plural) have believed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan creídothey have believed, you (plural formal) have believed
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Creer 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 creído", meaning "I had believed".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera creídoI had believed
hubieras creídoyou had believed
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera creídos/he had believed, you (formal) had believed
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos creídowe had believed
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais creídoyou (plural) had believed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran creídothey had believed, you (plural formal) had believed
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Creer in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere creídoI will have believed
hubieres creídoyou will have believed
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere creídos/he will have believed, you (formal) will have believed
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos creídowe will have believed
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis creídoyou (plural) will have believed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren creídothey will have believed, you (plural formal) will have believed
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Imperative Tenses of Creer

Creer in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
cree(to you) believe!
Ella / Él / Ustedcrea(to you formal) believe!
Nosotras / Nosotroscreamos(to we) believe!
Vosotras / Vosotroscreed(to you plural) believe!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescrean(to you plural formal) believe!
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Creer in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no creas(to you) don't believe!
Ella / Él / Ustedno crea(to you formal) don't believe!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno creamos(to we) don't believe!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno creáis(to you plural) don't believe!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno crean(to you plural formal) don't believe!
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Example sentences and usage

  • La mayoría de la gente cree que estoy loco. Most people think I'm crazy.
  • Creo que lo mejor es no ser maleducado. I think it is best not to be impolite.
  • Viendo que no estás sorprendido, creo que debes estar al corriente. Seeing that you're not surprised, I think you must have known.
  • Creo que los exámenes están arruinando la educación. I think exams are ruining education.
  • Es bueno tener ideales...¿No crees? It is good to have goals... don't you think?
  • Su historia era demasiado tonta para que alguien la creyera. His story was too ridiculous for anyone to believe.
  • La situación es peor de lo que creíamos. The situation is worse than we believed.
  • ¿Crees que comenzará la guerra? Do you believe war will start?
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