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How to conjugate Describir in Spanish

To describe Irregular Verb

Introduction

Describir is the Spanish verb for "to describe". It is an irregular verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivedescribirto describe
Past participledescritodescribed
Gerunddescribiendodescribing
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Indicative Tenses of Describir

Describir in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of describir 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, "describo", meaning "I describe".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodescriboI describe
TĂșdescribesyou describe
Ella / Él / Usteddescribes/he describes, you (formal) describes
Nosotras / Nosotrosdescribimoswe describe
Vosotras / VosotrosdescribĂ­syou (plural) describe
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdescribenthey describe, you (plural formal) describe
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Describir in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodescribĂ­I described
TĂșdescribisteyou described
Ella / Él / Usteddescribiós/he described, you (formal) described
Nosotras / Nosotrosdescribimoswe described
Vosotras / Vosotrosdescribisteisyou (plural) described
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdescribieronthey described, you (plural formal) described
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Describir in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodescribĂ­aI used to describe
TĂșdescribĂ­asyou used to describe
Ella / Él / Usteddescribías/he used to describe, you (formal) used to describe
Nosotras / NosotrosdescribĂ­amoswe used to describe
Vosotras / VosotrosdescribĂ­aisyou (plural) used to describe
Ellas / Ellos / UstedesdescribĂ­anthey used to describe, you (plural formal) used to describe
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Describir in the Indicative Present Continuous

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy describiendoI am describing
TĂșestĂĄs describiendoyou are describing
Ella / Él / Ustedestá describiendos/he is describing, you (formal) are describing
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos describiendowe are describing
Vosotras / VosotrosestĂĄis describiendoyou (plural) are describing
Ellas / Ellos / UstedesestĂĄn describiendothey are describing, you (plural formal) are describing
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Describir in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a describirI am going to describe
TĂșvas a describiryou are going to describe
Ella / Él / Ustedva a describirs/he is going to describe, you (formal) are going to describe
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a describirwe are going to describe
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a describiryou (plural) are going to describe
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a describirthey are going to describe, you (plural formal) are going to describe
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Describir in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of describir is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "describiré", meaning "I will describe".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodescribiréI will describe
TĂșdescribirĂĄsyou will describe
Ella / Él / Usteddescribirás/he will describe, you (formal) will describe
Nosotras / Nosotrosdescribiremoswe will describe
Vosotras / Vosotrosdescribiréisyou (plural) will describe
Ellas / Ellos / UstedesdescribirĂĄnthey will describe, you (plural formal) will describe
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Describir in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodescribirĂ­aI would describe
TĂșdescribirĂ­asyou would describe
Ella / Él / Usteddescribirías/he would describe, you (formal) would describe
Nosotras / NosotrosdescribirĂ­amoswe would describe
Vosotras / VosotrosdescribirĂ­aisyou (plural) would describe
Ellas / Ellos / UstedesdescribirĂ­anthey would describe, you (plural formal) would describe
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Describir in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of describir 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 descrito", meaning "I have described".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe descrito I have described
TĂșhas descrito you have described
Ella / Él / Ustedha descrito s/he has described, you (formal) have described
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos descrito we have described
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis descrito you (plural) have described
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan descrito they have described, you (plural formal) have described

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Describir in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of describir is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "habĂ­a descrito", meaning "I had described".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YohabĂ­a descrito I had described
TĂșhabĂ­as descrito you had described
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía descrito s/he had described, you (formal) had described
Nosotras / NosotroshabĂ­amos descrito we had described
Vosotras / VosotroshabĂ­ais descrito you (plural) had described
Ellas / Ellos / UstedeshabĂ­an descrito they had described, you (plural formal) had described

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Describir in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré descrito I will have described
TĂșhabrĂĄs descrito you will have described
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá descrito s/he will have described, you (formal) will have described
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos descrito we will have described
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis descrito you (plural) will have described
Ellas / Ellos / UstedeshabrĂĄn descrito they will have described, you (plural formal) will have described

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Describir in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YohabrĂ­a descrito I would have described
TĂșhabrĂ­as descrito you would have described
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría descrito s/he would have described, you (formal) would have described
Nosotras / NosotroshabrĂ­amos descrito we would have described
Vosotras / VosotroshabrĂ­ais descrito you (plural) would have described
Ellas / Ellos / UstedeshabrĂ­an descrito they would have described, you (plural formal) would have described

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Subjunctive Tenses of Describir

Describir 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, "describa", meaning "I describe".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodescribaI describe
TĂșdescribasyou describe
Ella / Él / Usteddescribas/he describes, you (formal) describes
Nosotras / Nosotrosdescribamoswe describe
Vosotras / VosotrosdescribĂĄisyou (plural) describe
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdescribanthey describe, you (plural formal) describe
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Describir 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, "describiera", meaning "I described".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodescribieraI described
TĂșdescribierasyou described
Ella / Él / Usteddescribieras/he described, you (formal) described
Nosotras / Nosotrosdescribiéramoswe described
Vosotras / Vosotrosdescribieraisyou (plural) described
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdescribieranthey described, you (plural formal) described
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Describir 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, "describiere", meaning "I will describe".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YodescribiereI will describe
TĂșdescribieresyou will describe
Ella / Él / Usteddescribieres/he will describe, you (formal) will describe
Nosotras / Nosotrosdescribiéremoswe will describe
Vosotras / Vosotrosdescribiereisyou (plural) will describe
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdescribierenthey will describe, you (plural formal) will describe
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Describir 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 descrito", meaning "I have described".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya descrito I have described
TĂșhayas descrito you have described
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya descrito s/he has described, you (formal) have described
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos descrito we have described
Vosotras / VosotroshayĂĄis descrito you (plural) have described
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan descrito they have described, you (plural formal) have described

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Describir 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 descrito", meaning "I had described".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera descrito I had described
TĂșhubieras descrito you had described
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera descrito s/he had described, you (formal) had described
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos descrito we had described
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais descrito you (plural) had described
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran descrito they had described, you (plural formal) had described

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Describir 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 descrito", meaning "I will have described".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere descrito I will have described
TĂșhubieres descrito you will have described
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere descrito s/he will have described, you (formal) will have described
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos descrito we will have described
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis descrito you (plural) will have described
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren descrito they will have described, you (plural formal) will have described

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Imperative Tenses of Describir

Describir in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
TĂșdescribe(to you) describe!
Ella / Él / Usteddescriba(to you formal) describe!
Nosotras / Nosotrosdescribamoslet's describe!
Vosotras / Vosotrosdescribid(to you plural) describe!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesdescriban(to you plural formal) describe!
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Describir in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
TĂșno describas(to you) don't describe!
Ella / Él / Ustedno describa(to you formal) don't describe!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno describamoslet's not describe!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno describĂĄis(to you plural) don't describe!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno describan(to you plural formal) don't describe!
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