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How to conjugate Decir in Spanish

To say, to tell Irregular

Introduction

Decir is the Spanish verb meaning "to say / to tell". For example: "What did you say?" or "I swear to tell the truth". In Spain, it is used when answering the phone - you will hear "¿Diga?" meaning "hello" or "¡Digame!", literally translating to "tell me". It can also be used to express rumours and opinions - "they say it's going to rain all next week" and "What do you say, will we go on holidays in June?"

Similar verbs to decir include: articular (to articulate), comentar (to mention), expresar (to express), mentionar (to mention).

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitivedecirto say, to tell
Past participledichosaid
Gerunddiciendosaying

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Indicative Tenses of Decir

Decir in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of decir 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, "digo hola al profesor", meaning "I say hello to the teacher".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodigoI say
dicesyou say
Ella / Él / Usteddices/he say, you (formal) say
Nosotras / Nosotrosdecimoswe say
Vosotras / Vosotrosdecísyou (plural) say
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdicenthey say, you (plural formal) say
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Decir in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of decir is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "dije hola al profesor", meaning "I said hello to the teacher".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodijeI said
dijisteyou said
Ella / Él / Usteddijos/he said, you (formal) said
Nosotras / Nosotrosdijimoswe said
Vosotras / Vosotrosdijisteisyou (plural) said
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdijeronthey said, you (plural formal) said
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Decir in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of decir is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "decía hola al profesor", meaning "I used to say hello to the teacher".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodecíaI used to say
decíasyou used to say
Ella / Él / Usteddecías/he used to say, you (formal) used to say
Nosotras / Nosotrosdecíamoswe used to say
Vosotras / Vosotrosdecíaisyou (plural) used to say
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdecíanthey used to say, you (plural formal) used to say
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Decir in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of decir is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "diré hola al profesor", meaning "I will say hello to the teacher".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodiréI will say
dirásyou will say
Ella / Él / Usteddirás/he will say, you (formal) will say
Nosotras / Nosotrosdiremoswe will say
Vosotras / Vosotrosdiréisyou (plural) will say
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdiránthey will say, you (plural formal) will say
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Decir in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of decir is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "diría hola al profesor", meaning "I would say hello to the teacher".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodiríaI would say
diríasyou would say
Ella / Él / Usteddirías/he would say, you (formal) would say
Nosotras / Nosotrosdiríamoswe would say
Vosotras / Vosotrosdiríaisyou (plural) would say
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdiríanthey would say, you (plural formal) would say
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Decir in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of decir 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 dicho hola al profesor", meaning "I have said hello to the teacher".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe dichoI have said
has dichoyou have said
Ella / Él / Ustedha dichos/he has said, you (formal) have said
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos dichowe have said
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis dichoyou (plural) have said
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan dichothey have said, you (plural formal) have said
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Decir in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of decir is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había dicho hola al profesor", meaning "I had said hello to the teacher".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía dichoI had said
habías dichoyou had said
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía dichos/he had said, you (formal) had said
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos dichowe had said
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais dichoyou (plural) had said
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían dichothey had said, you (plural formal) had said
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Decir in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of decir is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré dicho hola al profesor", meaning "I will have said hello to the teacher".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré dichoI will have said
habrás dichoyou will have said
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá dichos/he will have said, you (formal) will have said
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos dichowe will have said
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis dichoyou (plural) will have said
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán dichothey will have said, you (plural formal) will have said
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Decir in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of decir is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría dicho hola al profesor", meaning "I would have said hello to the teacher".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría dichoI would have said
habrías dichoyou would have said
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría dichos/he would have said, you (formal) would have said
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos dichowe would have said
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais dichoyou (plural) would have said
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían dichothey would have said, you (plural formal) would have said
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Subjunctive Tenses of Decir

Decir 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, "diga", meaning "I say".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodigaI say
digasyou say
Ella / Él / Usteddigas/he say, you (formal) say
Nosotras / Nosotrosdigamoswe say
Vosotras / Vosotrosdigáisyou (plural) say
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdiganthey say, you (plural formal) say
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Decir 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, "dijera", meaning "I said".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodijeraI said
dijerasyou said
Ella / Él / Usteddijeras/he said, you (formal) said
Nosotras / Nosotrosdijéramoswe said
Vosotras / Vosotrosdijeraisyou (plural) said
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdijeranthey said, you (plural formal) said
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Decir in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "dijere", meaning "I will say".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodijereI will say
dijeresyou will say
Ella / Él / Usteddijeres/he will say, you (formal) will say
Nosotras / Nosotrosdijéremoswe will say
Vosotras / Vosotrosdijereisyou (plural) will say
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdijerenthey will say, you (plural formal) will say
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Decir 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 dicho", meaning "I have said".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya dichoI have said
hayas dichoyou have said
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya dichos/he has said, you (formal) have said
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos dichowe have said
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis dichoyou (plural) have said
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan dichothey have said, you (plural formal) have said
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Decir 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 dicho", meaning "I had said".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera dichoI had said
hubieras dichoyou had said
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera dichos/he had said, you (formal) had said
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos dichowe had said
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais dichoyou (plural) had said
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran dichothey had said, you (plural formal) had said
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Decir in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere dichoI will have said
hubieres dichoyou will have said
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere dichos/he will have said, you (formal) will have said
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos dichowe will have said
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis dichoyou (plural) will have said
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren dichothey will have said, you (plural formal) will have said
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Imperative Tenses of Decir

Decir in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
di(to you) say!
Ella / Él / Usteddiga(to you formal) say!
Nosotras / Nosotrosdigamos(to we) say!
Vosotras / Vosotrosdecid(to you plural) say!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdigan(to you plural formal) say!
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Decir in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no digas(to you) don't say!
Ella / Él / Ustedno diga(to you formal) don't say!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno digamos(to we) don't say!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno digáis(to you plural) don't say!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno digan(to you plural formal) don't say!
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Example sentences and usage

  • Les dije que me mandaran otro boleto. I told them to send me another ticket.
  • ¡Yo sólo lo digo! I'm just saying!
  • "Confía en mí", dijo él. "Trust me," he said.
  • Haz lo que te diga. Do whatever he tells you.
  • "Buenos días", dijo Tom con una sonrisa. "Good morning", said Tom with a smile.
  • Yo nunca dije que fuera frágil. I never said I was fragile.
  • Eso suena interesante. ¿Qué le dijiste? That sounds interesting. What did you tell her?
  • Quiero que me digas la verdad. I want you to tell me the truth.
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