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How to conjugate Defenderse in Spanish

To defend (oneself) Irregular Verb

Introduction

Defenderse is the Spanish verb for "to defend (oneself)". It is an irregular reflexive verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivedefenderseto defend (oneself)
Past participledefendidodefended
Gerunddefendiendodefending
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Indicative Tenses of Defenderse

Defenderse in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of defenderse 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, "me defiendo", meaning "I defend".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome defiendo I defend
Túte defiendes you defend
Ella / Él / Ustedse defiende s/he defends, you (formal) defends
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos defendemoswe defend
Vosotras / Vosotrosos defendéisyou (plural) defend
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse defienden they defend, you (plural formal) defend

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Defenderse in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of defenderse is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "me defendí", meaning "I defended".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome defendíI defended
Túte defendisteyou defended
Ella / Él / Ustedse defendiós/he defended, you (formal) defended
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos defendimoswe defended
Vosotras / Vosotrosos defendisteisyou (plural) defended
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse defendieronthey defended, you (plural formal) defended
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Defenderse in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome defendíaI used to defend
Túte defendíasyou used to defend
Ella / Él / Ustedse defendías/he used to defend, you (formal) used to defend
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos defendíamoswe used to defend
Vosotras / Vosotrosos defendíaisyou (plural) used to defend
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse defendíanthey used to defend, you (plural formal) used to defend
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Defenderse in the Indicative Present Continuous

The Indicative Present Continuous of defenderse is used to talk about something that is happening continuously or right now. For example, "me estoy defendiendo", meaning "I am defending".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome estoy defendiendoI am defending
Túte estás defendiendoyou are defending
Ella / Él / Ustedse está defendiendos/he is defending, you (formal) are defending
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos estamos defendiendowe are defending
Vosotras / Vosotrosos estáis defendiendoyou (plural) are defending
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse están defendiendothey are defending, you (plural formal) are defending
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Defenderse in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome voy a defenderI am going to defend
Túte vas a defenderyou are going to defend
Ella / Él / Ustedse va a defenders/he is going to defend, you (formal) are going to defend
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos vamos a defenderwe are going to defend
Vosotras / Vosotrosos vais a defenderyou (plural) are going to defend
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse van a defenderthey are going to defend, you (plural formal) are going to defend
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Defenderse in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of defenderse is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "me defenderé", meaning "I will defend".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome defenderéI will defend
Túte defenderásyou will defend
Ella / Él / Ustedse defenderás/he will defend, you (formal) will defend
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos defenderemoswe will defend
Vosotras / Vosotrosos defenderéisyou (plural) will defend
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse defenderánthey will defend, you (plural formal) will defend
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Defenderse in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of defenderse is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "me defendería", meaning "I would defend".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome defenderíaI would defend
Túte defenderíasyou would defend
Ella / Él / Ustedse defenderías/he would defend, you (formal) would defend
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos defenderíamoswe would defend
Vosotras / Vosotrosos defenderíaisyou (plural) would defend
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse defenderíanthey would defend, you (plural formal) would defend
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Defenderse in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of defenderse 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, "me he defendido", meaning "I have defended".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome he defendidoI have defended
Túte has defendidoyou have defended
Ella / Él / Ustedse ha defendidos/he has defended, you (formal) have defended
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos hemos defendidowe have defended
Vosotras / Vosotrosos habéis defendidoyou (plural) have defended
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse han defendidothey have defended, you (plural formal) have defended
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Defenderse in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome había defendidoI had defended
Túte habías defendidoyou had defended
Ella / Él / Ustedse había defendidos/he had defended, you (formal) had defended
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos habíamos defendidowe had defended
Vosotras / Vosotrosos habíais defendidoyou (plural) had defended
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse habían defendidothey had defended, you (plural formal) had defended
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Defenderse in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome habré defendidoI will have defended
Túte habrás defendidoyou will have defended
Ella / Él / Ustedse habrá defendidos/he will have defended, you (formal) will have defended
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos habremos defendidowe will have defended
Vosotras / Vosotrosos habréis defendidoyou (plural) will have defended
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse habrán defendidothey will have defended, you (plural formal) will have defended
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Defenderse in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome habría defendidoI would have defended
Túte habrías defendidoyou would have defended
Ella / Él / Ustedse habría defendidos/he would have defended, you (formal) would have defended
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos habríamos defendidowe would have defended
Vosotras / Vosotrosos habríais defendidoyou (plural) would have defended
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse habrían defendidothey would have defended, you (plural formal) would have defended
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Subjunctive Tenses of Defenderse

Defenderse 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, "me defienda", meaning "I defend".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome defienda I defend
Túte defiendas you defend
Ella / Él / Ustedse defienda s/he defends, you (formal) defends
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos defendamoswe defend
Vosotras / Vosotrosos defendáisyou (plural) defend
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse defiendan they defend, you (plural formal) defend

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Defenderse 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, "me defendiera", meaning "I defended".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome defendieraI defended
Túte defendierasyou defended
Ella / Él / Ustedse defendieras/he defended, you (formal) defended
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos defendiéramoswe defended
Vosotras / Vosotrosos defendieraisyou (plural) defended
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse defendieranthey defended, you (plural formal) defended
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Defenderse 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, "me defendiere", meaning "I will defend".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome defendiereI will defend
Túte defendieresyou will defend
Ella / Él / Ustedse defendieres/he will defend, you (formal) will defend
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos defendiéremoswe will defend
Vosotras / Vosotrosos defendiereisyou (plural) will defend
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse defendierenthey will defend, you (plural formal) will defend
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Defenderse 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, "me haya defendido", meaning "I have defended".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome haya defendidoI have defended
Túte hayas defendidoyou have defended
Ella / Él / Ustedse haya defendidos/he has defended, you (formal) have defended
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos hayamos defendidowe have defended
Vosotras / Vosotrosos hayáis defendidoyou (plural) have defended
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse hayan defendidothey have defended, you (plural formal) have defended
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Defenderse 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, "me hubiera defendido", meaning "I had defended".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome hubiera defendidoI had defended
Túte hubieras defendidoyou had defended
Ella / Él / Ustedse hubiera defendidos/he had defended, you (formal) had defended
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos hubiéramos defendidowe had defended
Vosotras / Vosotrosos hubierais defendidoyou (plural) had defended
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse hubieran defendidothey had defended, you (plural formal) had defended
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Defenderse 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, "me hubiere defendido", meaning "I will have defended".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yome hubiere defendidoI will have defended
Túte hubieres defendidoyou will have defended
Ella / Él / Ustedse hubiere defendidos/he will have defended, you (formal) will have defended
Nosotras / Nosotrosnos hubiéremos defendidowe will have defended
Vosotras / Vosotrosos hubiereis defendidoyou (plural) will have defended
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesse hubieren defendidothey will have defended, you (plural formal) will have defended
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Imperative Tenses of Defenderse

Defenderse in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túdefiéndete (to you) defend!
Ella / Él / Usteddefiéndase (to you formal) defend!
Nosotras / Nosotrosdefendámonoslet's defend!
Vosotras / Vosotrosdefendeos(to you plural) defend!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdefiéndanse (to you plural formal) defend!

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Defenderse in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túno te defiendas (to you) don't defend!
Ella / Él / Ustedno se defienda (to you formal) don't defend!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno nos defendamoslet's not defend!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno os defendáis(to you plural) don't defend!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno se defiendan (to you plural formal) don't defend!

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