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How to conjugate Cuidar in Spanish

To look after, to care Regular AR Verb

Introduction

Cuidar is the Spanish verb for "to look after, to care". It is a regular AR verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivecuidarto look after, to care
Past participlecuidadolooked after
Gerundcuidandolooking after
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Indicative Tenses of Cuidar

Cuidar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of cuidar 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, "cuido", meaning "I look after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocuidoI look after
Túcuidasyou look after
Ella / Él / Ustedcuidas/he looks after, you (formal) looks after
Nosotras / Nosotroscuidamoswe look after
Vosotras / Vosotroscuidáisyou (plural) look after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuidanthey look after, you (plural formal) look after
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Cuidar in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of cuidar is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "cuidé", meaning "I looked after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocuidéI looked after
Túcuidasteyou looked after
Ella / Él / Ustedcuidós/he looked after, you (formal) looked after
Nosotras / Nosotroscuidamoswe looked after
Vosotras / Vosotroscuidasteisyou (plural) looked after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuidaronthey looked after, you (plural formal) looked after
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Cuidar in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocuidabaI used to look after
Túcuidabasyou used to look after
Ella / Él / Ustedcuidabas/he used to look after, you (formal) used to look after
Nosotras / Nosotroscuidábamoswe used to look after
Vosotras / Vosotroscuidabaisyou (plural) used to look after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuidabanthey used to look after, you (plural formal) used to look after
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Cuidar in the Indicative Present Continuous

The Indicative Present Continuous of cuidar is used to talk about something that is happening continuously or right now. For example, "estoy cuidando", meaning "I am looking after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy cuidandoI am looking after
Túestás cuidandoyou are looking after
Ella / Él / Ustedestá cuidandos/he is looking after, you (formal) are looking after
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos cuidandowe are looking after
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis cuidandoyou (plural) are looking after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán cuidandothey are looking after, you (plural formal) are looking after
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Cuidar in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a cuidarI am going to look after
Túvas a cuidaryou are going to look after
Ella / Él / Ustedva a cuidars/he is going to look after, you (formal) are going to look after
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a cuidarwe are going to look after
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a cuidaryou (plural) are going to look after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a cuidarthey are going to look after, you (plural formal) are going to look after
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Cuidar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of cuidar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "cuidaré", meaning "I will look after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocuidaréI will look after
Túcuidarásyou will look after
Ella / Él / Ustedcuidarás/he will look after, you (formal) will look after
Nosotras / Nosotroscuidaremoswe will look after
Vosotras / Vosotroscuidaréisyou (plural) will look after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuidaránthey will look after, you (plural formal) will look after
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Cuidar in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of cuidar is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "cuidaría", meaning "I would look after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocuidaríaI would look after
Túcuidaríasyou would look after
Ella / Él / Ustedcuidarías/he would look after, you (formal) would look after
Nosotras / Nosotroscuidaríamoswe would look after
Vosotras / Vosotroscuidaríaisyou (plural) would look after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuidaríanthey would look after, you (plural formal) would look after
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Cuidar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of cuidar 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 cuidado", meaning "I have looked after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe cuidadoI have looked after
Túhas cuidadoyou have looked after
Ella / Él / Ustedha cuidados/he has looked after, you (formal) have looked after
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos cuidadowe have looked after
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis cuidadoyou (plural) have looked after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan cuidadothey have looked after, you (plural formal) have looked after
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Cuidar in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía cuidadoI had looked after
Túhabías cuidadoyou had looked after
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía cuidados/he had looked after, you (formal) had looked after
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos cuidadowe had looked after
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais cuidadoyou (plural) had looked after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían cuidadothey had looked after, you (plural formal) had looked after
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Cuidar in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré cuidadoI will have looked after
Túhabrás cuidadoyou will have looked after
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá cuidados/he will have looked after, you (formal) will have looked after
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos cuidadowe will have looked after
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis cuidadoyou (plural) will have looked after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán cuidadothey will have looked after, you (plural formal) will have looked after
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Cuidar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría cuidadoI would have looked after
Túhabrías cuidadoyou would have looked after
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría cuidados/he would have looked after, you (formal) would have looked after
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos cuidadowe would have looked after
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais cuidadoyou (plural) would have looked after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían cuidadothey would have looked after, you (plural formal) would have looked after
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Subjunctive Tenses of Cuidar

Cuidar 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, "cuide", meaning "I look after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocuideI look after
Túcuidesyou look after
Ella / Él / Ustedcuides/he looks after, you (formal) looks after
Nosotras / Nosotroscuidemoswe look after
Vosotras / Vosotroscuidéisyou (plural) look after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuidenthey look after, you (plural formal) look after
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Cuidar 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, "cuidara", meaning "I looked after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocuidaraI looked after
Túcuidarasyou looked after
Ella / Él / Ustedcuidaras/he looked after, you (formal) looked after
Nosotras / Nosotroscuidáramoswe looked after
Vosotras / Vosotroscuidaraisyou (plural) looked after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuidaranthey looked after, you (plural formal) looked after
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Cuidar 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, "cuidare", meaning "I will look after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YocuidareI will look after
Túcuidaresyou will look after
Ella / Él / Ustedcuidares/he will look after, you (formal) will look after
Nosotras / Nosotroscuidáremoswe will look after
Vosotras / Vosotroscuidareisyou (plural) will look after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuidarenthey will look after, you (plural formal) will look after
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Cuidar 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 cuidado", meaning "I have looked after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya cuidadoI have looked after
Túhayas cuidadoyou have looked after
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya cuidados/he has looked after, you (formal) have looked after
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos cuidadowe have looked after
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis cuidadoyou (plural) have looked after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan cuidadothey have looked after, you (plural formal) have looked after
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Cuidar 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 cuidado", meaning "I had looked after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera cuidadoI had looked after
Túhubieras cuidadoyou had looked after
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera cuidados/he had looked after, you (formal) had looked after
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos cuidadowe had looked after
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais cuidadoyou (plural) had looked after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran cuidadothey had looked after, you (plural formal) had looked after
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Cuidar 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 cuidado", meaning "I will have looked after".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere cuidadoI will have looked after
Túhubieres cuidadoyou will have looked after
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere cuidados/he will have looked after, you (formal) will have looked after
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos cuidadowe will have looked after
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis cuidadoyou (plural) will have looked after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren cuidadothey will have looked after, you (plural formal) will have looked after
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Imperative Tenses of Cuidar

Cuidar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túcuida(to you) look! after
Ella / Él / Ustedcuide(to you formal) look! after
Nosotras / Nosotroscuidemoslet's look! after
Vosotras / Vosotroscuidad(to you plural) look! after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedescuiden(to you plural formal) look! after
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Cuidar in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túno cuides(to you) don't look! after
Ella / Él / Ustedno cuide(to you formal) don't look! after
Nosotras / Nosotrosno cuidemoslet's not look! after
Vosotras / Vosotrosno cuidéis(to you plural) don't look! after
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno cuiden(to you plural formal) don't look! after
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