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How to conjugate Escribir in Spanish

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Escribir is the Spanish verb for "to write". It is an irregular verb, and one of the most popular 100 Spanish verbs. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

ItemSpanishEnglish
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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoescriboI write
escribesyou write
Ella / Él / Ustedescribes/he writes, 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".

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

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".

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

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 Present Continuous

The Indicative Present Continuous of escribir is used to talk about something that is happening continuously or right now. For example, "estoy escribiendo un libro", meaning "I am writing a book".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy escribiendoI am writing
estás escribiendoyou are writing
Ella / Él / Ustedestá escribiendos/he is writing, you (formal) are writing
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos escribiendowe are writing
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis escribiendoyou (plural) are writing
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán escribiendothey are writing, you (plural formal) are writing

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Escribir in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a escribirI am going to write
vas a escribiryou are going to write
Ella / Él / Ustedva a escribirs/he is going to write, you (formal) are going to write
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a escribirwe are going to write
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a escribiryou (plural) are going to write
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a escribirthey are going to write, you (plural formal) are going 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".

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

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".

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

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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe escrito I have written
has escrito you have written
Ella / Él / Ustedha escrito s/he has written, you (formal) have written
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos escrito we have written
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis escrito you (plural) have written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan escrito they 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía escrito I had written
habías escrito you had written
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía escrito s/he had written, you (formal) had written
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos escrito we had written
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais escrito you (plural) had written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían escrito they 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré escrito I will have written
habrás escrito you will have written
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá escrito s/he will have written, you (formal) will have written
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos escrito we will have written
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis escrito you (plural) will have written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán escrito they 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 past but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría escrito un libro", meaning "I would have written a book".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría escrito I would have written
habrías escrito you would have written
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría escrito s/he would have written, you (formal) would have written
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos escrito we would have written
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais escrito you (plural) would have written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían escrito they 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoescribaI write
escribasyou write
Ella / Él / Ustedescribas/he writes, 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".

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

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 to speak about hypothetical situations, and actions/events that may happen in the future. For example, "escribiere", meaning "I will write".

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

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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya escrito I have written
hayas escrito you have written
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya escrito s/he has written, you (formal) have written
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos escrito we have written
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis escrito you (plural) have written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan escrito they 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".

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

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

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Escribir 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 escrito", meaning "I will have written".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere escrito I will have written
hubieres escrito you will have written
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere escrito s/he will have written, you (formal) will have written
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos escrito we will have written
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis escrito you (plural) will have written
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren escrito they 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!".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
escribe(to you) write!
Ella / Él / Ustedescriba(to you formal) write!
Nosotras / Nosotrosescribamoslet's 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!".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no escribas(to you) don't write!
Ella / Él / Ustedno escriba(to you formal) don't write!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno escribamoslet's not 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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