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How to conjugate Criar in Spanish

To raise, to bring up Irregular Verb

Introduction

Criar is the Spanish verb for "to raise, to bring up". It is an irregular verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

Similar verbs to criar include: alzar, criarse, elevar, levantar.

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivecriarto raise, to bring up
Past participlecriadoraised
Gerundcriandoraising
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Indicative Tenses of Criar

Criar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of criar 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, "crío", meaning "I raise".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yocrío I raise
Túcrías you raise
Ella / Él / Ustedcría s/he raises, you (formal) raises
Nosotras / Nosotroscriamoswe raise
Vosotras / Vosotroscriáisyou (plural) raise
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescrían they raise, you (plural formal) raise

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Criar in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yocrie I raised
Túcriasteyou raised
Ella / Él / Ustedcrio s/he raised, you (formal) raised
Nosotras / Nosotroscriamoswe raised
Vosotras / Vosotroscriasteisyou (plural) raised
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescriaronthey raised, you (plural formal) raised

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Criar in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocriabaI used to raise
Túcriabasyou used to raise
Ella / Él / Ustedcriabas/he used to raise, you (formal) used to raise
Nosotras / Nosotroscriábamoswe used to raise
Vosotras / Vosotroscriabaisyou (plural) used to raise
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescriabanthey used to raise, you (plural formal) used to raise
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Criar in the Indicative Present Continuous

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy criandoI am raising
Túestás criandoyou are raising
Ella / Él / Ustedestá criandos/he is raising, you (formal) are raising
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos criandowe are raising
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis criandoyou (plural) are raising
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán criandothey are raising, you (plural formal) are raising
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Criar in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a criarI am going to raise
Túvas a criaryou are going to raise
Ella / Él / Ustedva a criars/he is going to raise, you (formal) are going to raise
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a criarwe are going to raise
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a criaryou (plural) are going to raise
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a criarthey are going to raise, you (plural formal) are going to raise
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Criar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of criar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "criaré", meaning "I will raise".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocriaréI will raise
Túcriarásyou will raise
Ella / Él / Ustedcriarás/he will raise, you (formal) will raise
Nosotras / Nosotroscriaremoswe will raise
Vosotras / Vosotroscriaréisyou (plural) will raise
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescriaránthey will raise, you (plural formal) will raise
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Criar in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocriaríaI would raise
Túcriaríasyou would raise
Ella / Él / Ustedcriarías/he would raise, you (formal) would raise
Nosotras / Nosotroscriaríamoswe would raise
Vosotras / Vosotroscriaríaisyou (plural) would raise
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescriaríanthey would raise, you (plural formal) would raise
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Criar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of criar 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 criado", meaning "I have raised".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe criadoI have raised
Túhas criadoyou have raised
Ella / Él / Ustedha criados/he has raised, you (formal) have raised
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos criadowe have raised
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis criadoyou (plural) have raised
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan criadothey have raised, you (plural formal) have raised
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Criar in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía criadoI had raised
Túhabías criadoyou had raised
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía criados/he had raised, you (formal) had raised
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos criadowe had raised
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais criadoyou (plural) had raised
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían criadothey had raised, you (plural formal) had raised
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Criar in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré criadoI will have raised
Túhabrás criadoyou will have raised
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá criados/he will have raised, you (formal) will have raised
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos criadowe will have raised
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis criadoyou (plural) will have raised
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán criadothey will have raised, you (plural formal) will have raised
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Criar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría criadoI would have raised
Túhabrías criadoyou would have raised
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría criados/he would have raised, you (formal) would have raised
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos criadowe would have raised
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais criadoyou (plural) would have raised
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían criadothey would have raised, you (plural formal) would have raised
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Subjunctive Tenses of Criar

Criar 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, "críe", meaning "I raise".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yocríe I raise
Túcríes you raise
Ella / Él / Ustedcríe s/he raises, you (formal) raises
Nosotras / Nosotroscriemoswe raise
Vosotras / Vosotroscriéisyou (plural) raise
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescríen they raise, you (plural formal) raise

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Criar 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, "criara", meaning "I raised".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocriaraI raised
Túcriarasyou raised
Ella / Él / Ustedcriaras/he raised, you (formal) raised
Nosotras / Nosotroscriáramoswe raised
Vosotras / Vosotroscriaraisyou (plural) raised
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescriaranthey raised, you (plural formal) raised
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Criar 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, "criare", meaning "I will raise".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocriareI will raise
Túcriaresyou will raise
Ella / Él / Ustedcriares/he will raise, you (formal) will raise
Nosotras / Nosotroscriáremoswe will raise
Vosotras / Vosotroscriareisyou (plural) will raise
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescriarenthey will raise, you (plural formal) will raise
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Criar 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 criado", meaning "I have raised".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya criadoI have raised
Túhayas criadoyou have raised
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya criados/he has raised, you (formal) have raised
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos criadowe have raised
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis criadoyou (plural) have raised
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan criadothey have raised, you (plural formal) have raised
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Criar 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 criado", meaning "I had raised".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera criadoI had raised
Túhubieras criadoyou had raised
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera criados/he had raised, you (formal) had raised
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos criadowe had raised
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais criadoyou (plural) had raised
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran criadothey had raised, you (plural formal) had raised
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Criar 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 criado", meaning "I will have raised".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere criadoI will have raised
Túhubieres criadoyou will have raised
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere criados/he will have raised, you (formal) will have raised
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos criadowe will have raised
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis criadoyou (plural) will have raised
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren criadothey will have raised, you (plural formal) will have raised
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Imperative Tenses of Criar

Criar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túcría (to you) raise!
Ella / Él / Ustedcríe (to you formal) raise!
Nosotras / Nosotroscriemoslet's raise!
Vosotras / Vosotroscriad(to you plural) raise!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescríen (to you plural formal) raise!

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Criar in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túno críes (to you) don't raise!
Ella / Él / Ustedno críe (to you formal) don't raise!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno criemoslet's not raise!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno criéis(to you plural) don't raise!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno críen (to you plural formal) don't raise!

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