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How to conjugate Elegir in Spanish

To choose, to select, to elect Irregular Verb

Introduction

Elegir is the Spanish verb for "to choose, to select, to elect". It is an irregular verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

Similar verbs to elegir include: escoger, seleccionar.

ItemSpanishEnglish
Infinitiveelegirto choose, to select, to elect
Past participleelegidochosen
Gerundeligiendochoosing

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Indicative Tenses of Elegir

Elegir in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of elegir 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, "elijo", meaning "I choose".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoelijo I choose
eliges you choose
Ella / Él / Ustedelige s/he chooses, you (formal) choose
Nosotras / Nosotroselegimoswe choose
Vosotras / Vosotroselegísyou (plural) choose
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeseligen they choose, you (plural formal) choose

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Elegir in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoelegíI chose
elegisteyou chose
Ella / Él / Ustedeligió s/he chose, you (formal) chose
Nosotras / Nosotroselegimoswe chose
Vosotras / Vosotroselegisteisyou (plural) chose
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeseligieron they chose, you (plural formal) chose

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Elegir in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoelegíaI used to choose
elegíasyou used to choose
Ella / Él / Ustedelegías/he used to choose, you (formal) used to choose
Nosotras / Nosotroselegíamoswe used to choose
Vosotras / Vosotroselegíaisyou (plural) used to choose
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeselegíanthey used to choose, you (plural formal) used to choose

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Elegir in the Indicative Present Continuous

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy eligiendo I am choosing
estás eligiendo you are choosing
Ella / Él / Ustedestá eligiendo s/he is choosing, you (formal) are choosing
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos eligiendo we are choosing
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis eligiendo you (plural) are choosing
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán eligiendo they are choosing, you (plural formal) are choosing

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Elegir in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a elegirI am going to choose
vas a elegiryou are going to choose
Ella / Él / Ustedva a elegirs/he is going to choose, you (formal) are going to choose
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a elegirwe are going to choose
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a elegiryou (plural) are going to choose
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a elegirthey are going to choose, you (plural formal) are going to choose

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Elegir in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of elegir is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "elegiré", meaning "I will choose".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoelegiréI will choose
elegirásyou will choose
Ella / Él / Ustedelegirás/he will choose, you (formal) will choose
Nosotras / Nosotroselegiremoswe will choose
Vosotras / Vosotroselegiréisyou (plural) will choose
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeselegiránthey will choose, you (plural formal) will choose

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Elegir in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoelegiríaI would choose
elegiríasyou would choose
Ella / Él / Ustedelegirías/he would choose, you (formal) would choose
Nosotras / Nosotroselegiríamoswe would choose
Vosotras / Vosotroselegiríaisyou (plural) would choose
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeselegiríanthey would choose, you (plural formal) would choose

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Elegir in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of elegir 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 elegido", meaning "I have chosen".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe elegidoI have chosen
has elegidoyou have chosen
Ella / Él / Ustedha elegidos/he has chosen, you (formal) have chosen
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos elegidowe have chosen
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis elegidoyou (plural) have chosen
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan elegidothey have chosen, you (plural formal) have chosen

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Elegir in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía elegidoI had chosen
habías elegidoyou had chosen
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía elegidos/he had chosen, you (formal) had chosen
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos elegidowe had chosen
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais elegidoyou (plural) had chosen
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían elegidothey had chosen, you (plural formal) had chosen

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Elegir in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré elegidoI will have chosen
habrás elegidoyou will have chosen
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá elegidos/he will have chosen, you (formal) will have chosen
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos elegidowe will have chosen
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis elegidoyou (plural) will have chosen
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán elegidothey will have chosen, you (plural formal) will have chosen

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Elegir in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría elegidoI would have chosen
habrías elegidoyou would have chosen
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría elegidos/he would have chosen, you (formal) would have chosen
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos elegidowe would have chosen
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais elegidoyou (plural) would have chosen
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían elegidothey would have chosen, you (plural formal) would have chosen

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Subjunctive Tenses of Elegir

Elegir 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, "elija", meaning "I choose".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoelija I choose
elijas you choose
Ella / Él / Ustedelija s/he chooses, you (formal) choose
Nosotras / Nosotroselijamos we choose
Vosotras / Vosotroselijáis you (plural) choose
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeselijan they choose, you (plural formal) choose

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Elegir 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, "eligiera", meaning "I chose".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoeligiera I chose
eligieras you chose
Ella / Él / Ustedeligiera s/he chose, you (formal) chose
Nosotras / Nosotroseligiéramos we chose
Vosotras / Vosotroseligierais you (plural) chose
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeseligieran they chose, you (plural formal) chose

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Elegir in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used to speak about hypothetical situations, and actions/events that may happen in the future. For example, "eligiere", meaning "I will choose".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoeligiere I will choose
eligieres you will choose
Ella / Él / Ustedeligiere s/he will choose, you (formal) will choose
Nosotras / Nosotroseligiéremos we will choose
Vosotras / Vosotroseligiereis you (plural) will choose
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeseligieren they will choose, you (plural formal) will choose

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Elegir 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 elegido", meaning "I have chosen".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya elegidoI have chosen
hayas elegidoyou have chosen
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya elegidos/he has chosen, you (formal) have chosen
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos elegidowe have chosen
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis elegidoyou (plural) have chosen
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan elegidothey have chosen, you (plural formal) have chosen

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Elegir 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 elegido", meaning "I had chosen".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera elegidoI had chosen
hubieras elegidoyou had chosen
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera elegidos/he had chosen, you (formal) had chosen
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos elegidowe had chosen
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais elegidoyou (plural) had chosen
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran elegidothey had chosen, you (plural formal) had chosen

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Elegir 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. For example, "hubiere elegido", meaning "I will have chosen".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere elegidoI will have chosen
hubieres elegidoyou will have chosen
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere elegidos/he will have chosen, you (formal) will have chosen
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos elegidowe will have chosen
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis elegidoyou (plural) will have chosen
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren elegidothey will have chosen, you (plural formal) will have chosen

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Imperative Tenses of Elegir

Elegir in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
elige (to you) choose!
Ella / Él / Ustedelija (to you formal) choose!
Nosotras / Nosotroselijamos let's choose!
Vosotras / Vosotroselegid(to you plural) choose!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeselijan (to you plural formal) choose!

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Elegir in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no elijas (to you) don't choose!
Ella / Él / Ustedno elija (to you formal) don't choose!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno elijamos let's not choose!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno elijáis (to you plural) don't choose!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno elijan (to you plural formal) don't choose!

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