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How to conjugate Escribir in Spanish

To write

Introduction

Escribir is the Spanish verb for to write. It is a regular IR verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 16 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitiveescribirto write
Past participleescritowritten
Gerundescribiendowriting

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Indicative Tenses of Escribir

Escribir in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of escribir 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, "escribo un libro", meaning "I write a book".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoescriboI write
escribesyou write
Ella / Él / Ustedescribes/he write, you (formal) write
Nosotras / Nosotrosescribimoswe write
Vosotras / Vosotrosescribísyou (plural) write
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesescribenthey write, you (plural formal) write
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Escribir in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of escribir is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "escribí un libro", meaning "I wrote a book".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoescribíI wrote
escribisteyou wrote
Ella / Él / Ustedescribiós/he wrote, you (formal) wrote
Nosotras / Nosotrosescribimoswe wrote
Vosotras / Vosotrosescribisteisyou (plural) wrote
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesescribieronthey wrote, you (plural formal) wrote
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Escribir in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of escribir is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "escribía un libro", meaning "I used to write a book".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoescribíaI used to write
escribíasyou used to write
Ella / Él / Ustedescribías/he used to write, you (formal) used to write
Nosotras / Nosotrosescribíamoswe used to write
Vosotras / Vosotrosescribíaisyou (plural) used to write
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesescribíanthey used to write, you (plural formal) used to write
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Escribir in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of escribir is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "escribiré un libro", meaning "I will write a book".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoescribiréI will write
escribirásyou will write
Ella / Él / Ustedescribirás/he will write, you (formal) will write
Nosotras / Nosotrosescribiremoswe will write
Vosotras / Vosotrosescribiréisyou (plural) will write
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesescribiránthey will write, you (plural formal) will write
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Escribir in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of escribir is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "escribiría un libro", meaning "I would write a book".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoescribiríaI would write
escribiríasyou would write
Ella / Él / Ustedescribirías/he would write, you (formal) would write
Nosotras / Nosotrosescribiríamoswe would write
Vosotras / Vosotrosescribiríaisyou (plural) would write
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesescribiríanthey would write, you (plural formal) would write
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Escribir in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of escribir 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 escrito un libro", meaning "I have written a book".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe escritoI have written
has escritoyou have written
Ella / Él / Ustedha escritos/he has written, you (formal) have written
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos escritowe have written
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis escritoyou (plural) have written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan escritothey have written, you (plural formal) have written
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Escribir in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of escribir is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había escrito un libro", meaning "I had written a book".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía escritoI had written
habías escritoyou had written
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía escritos/he had written, you (formal) had written
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos escritowe had written
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais escritoyou (plural) had written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían escritothey had written, you (plural formal) had written
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Escribir in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of escribir is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré escrito un libro", meaning "I will have written a book".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré escritoI will have written
habrás escritoyou will have written
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá escritos/he will have written, you (formal) will have written
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos escritowe will have written
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis escritoyou (plural) will have written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán escritothey will have written, you (plural formal) will have written
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Escribir in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of escribir is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría escrito un libro", meaning "I would have written a book".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría escritoI would have written
habrías escritoyou would have written
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría escritos/he would have written, you (formal) would have written
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos escritowe would have written
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais escritoyou (plural) would have written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían escritothey would have written, you (plural formal) would have written
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Subjunctive Tenses of Escribir

Escribir 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, "escriba", meaning "I write".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoescribaI write
escribasyou write
Ella / Él / Ustedescribas/he write, you (formal) write
Nosotras / Nosotrosescribamoswe write
Vosotras / Vosotrosescribáisyou (plural) write
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesescribanthey write, you (plural formal) write
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Escribir 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, "escribiera", meaning "I wrote".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoescribieraI wrote
escribierasyou wrote
Ella / Él / Ustedescribieras/he wrote, you (formal) wrote
Nosotras / Nosotrosescribiéramoswe wrote
Vosotras / Vosotrosescribieraisyou (plural) wrote
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesescribieranthey wrote, you (plural formal) wrote
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Escribir in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "escribiere", meaning "I will write".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoescribiereI will write
escribieresyou will write
Ella / Él / Ustedescribieres/he will write, you (formal) will write
Nosotras / Nosotrosescribiéremoswe will write
Vosotras / Vosotrosescribiereisyou (plural) will write
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesescribierenthey will write, you (plural formal) will write
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Escribir 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 escrito", meaning "I have written".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya escritoI have written
hayas escritoyou have written
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya escritos/he has written, you (formal) have written
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos escritowe have written
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis escritoyou (plural) have written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan escritothey have written, you (plural formal) have written
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Escribir 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 escrito", meaning "I had written".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera escritoI had written
hubieras escritoyou had written
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera escritos/he had written, you (formal) had written
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos escritowe had written
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais escritoyou (plural) had written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran escritothey had written, you (plural formal) had written
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Escribir in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere escritoI will have written
hubieres escritoyou will have written
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere escritos/he will have written, you (formal) will have written
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos escritowe will have written
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis escritoyou (plural) will have written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren escritothey will have written, you (plural formal) will have written
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Imperative Tenses of Escribir

Escribir in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
escribe(to you) write!
Ella / Él / Ustedescriba(to you formal) write!
Nosotras / Nosotrosescribamos(to we) write!
Vosotras / Vosotrosescribid(to you plural) write!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesescriban(to you plural formal) write!
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Escribir in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no escribas(to you) don't write!
Ella / Él / Ustedno escriba(to you formal) don't write!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno escribamos(to we) don't write!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno escribáis(to you plural) don't write!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno escriban(to you plural formal) don't write!
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Example sentences and usage

  • La mayoría de la gente escribe sobre su vida cotidiana. Most people write about their daily life.
  • ¿Cómo se escribe "pretty"? How do you spell "pretty"?
  • ¿Cuántas veces al mes escribes a casa? How many times a month do you write home?
  • Escriba su nombre en mayúsculas. Write your name in capitals.
  • Escriba aquí su dirección. Write your address here.
  • Mi amigo me escribió informándome de su regreso del extranjero. My old friend wrote to me, informing me of his return from abroad.
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