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How to conjugate Ganar in Spanish

To win, to gain, to earn

Introduction

Ganar is the Spanish verb for to win, to gain, to earn. It is a regular AR verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 16 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitiveganarto win, to gain, to earn
Past participleganadowon
Gerundganandowinning

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Indicative Tenses of Ganar

Ganar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of ganar 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, "gano el maratón", meaning "I win the marathon".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoganoI win
ganasyou win
Ella / Él / Ustedganas/he win, you (formal) win
Nosotras / Nosotrosganamoswe win
Vosotras / Vosotrosganáisyou (plural) win
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesgananthey win, you (plural formal) win
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Ganar in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of ganar is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "gané el maratón", meaning "I won the marathon".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoganéI won
ganasteyou won
Ella / Él / Ustedganós/he won, you (formal) won
Nosotras / Nosotrosganamoswe won
Vosotras / Vosotrosganasteisyou (plural) won
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesganaronthey won, you (plural formal) won
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Ganar in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of ganar is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "ganaba el maratón", meaning "I used to win the marathon".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoganabaI used to win
ganabasyou used to win
Ella / Él / Ustedganabas/he used to win, you (formal) used to win
Nosotras / Nosotrosganábamoswe used to win
Vosotras / Vosotrosganabaisyou (plural) used to win
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesganabanthey used to win, you (plural formal) used to win
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Ganar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of ganar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "ganaré el maratón", meaning "I will win the marathon".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoganaréI will win
ganarásyou will win
Ella / Él / Ustedganarás/he will win, you (formal) will win
Nosotras / Nosotrosganaremoswe will win
Vosotras / Vosotrosganaréisyou (plural) will win
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesganaránthey will win, you (plural formal) will win
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Ganar in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of ganar is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "ganaría el maratón", meaning "I would win the marathon".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoganaríaI would win
ganaríasyou would win
Ella / Él / Ustedganarías/he would win, you (formal) would win
Nosotras / Nosotrosganaríamoswe would win
Vosotras / Vosotrosganaríaisyou (plural) would win
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesganaríanthey would win, you (plural formal) would win
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Ganar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of ganar 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 ganado el maratón", meaning "I have won the marathon".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe ganadoI have won
has ganadoyou have won
Ella / Él / Ustedha ganados/he has won, you (formal) have won
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos ganadowe have won
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis ganadoyou (plural) have won
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan ganadothey have won, you (plural formal) have won
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Ganar in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of ganar is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había ganado el maratón", meaning "I had won the marathon".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía ganadoI had won
habías ganadoyou had won
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía ganados/he had won, you (formal) had won
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos ganadowe had won
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais ganadoyou (plural) had won
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían ganadothey had won, you (plural formal) had won
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Ganar in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of ganar is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré ganado el maratón", meaning "I will have won the marathon".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré ganadoI will have won
habrás ganadoyou will have won
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá ganados/he will have won, you (formal) will have won
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos ganadowe will have won
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis ganadoyou (plural) will have won
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán ganadothey will have won, you (plural formal) will have won
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Ganar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of ganar is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría ganado el maratón", meaning "I would have won the marathon".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría ganadoI would have won
habrías ganadoyou would have won
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría ganados/he would have won, you (formal) would have won
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos ganadowe would have won
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais ganadoyou (plural) would have won
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían ganadothey would have won, you (plural formal) would have won
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Subjunctive Tenses of Ganar

Ganar 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, "gane", meaning "I win".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoganeI win
ganesyou win
Ella / Él / Ustedganes/he win, you (formal) win
Nosotras / Nosotrosganemoswe win
Vosotras / Vosotrosganéisyou (plural) win
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesganenthey win, you (plural formal) win
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Ganar 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, "ganara", meaning "I won".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoganaraI won
ganarasyou won
Ella / Él / Ustedganaras/he won, you (formal) won
Nosotras / Nosotrosganáramoswe won
Vosotras / Vosotrosganaraisyou (plural) won
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesganaranthey won, you (plural formal) won
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Ganar in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "ganare", meaning "I will win".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoganareI will win
ganaresyou will win
Ella / Él / Ustedganares/he will win, you (formal) will win
Nosotras / Nosotrosganáremoswe will win
Vosotras / Vosotrosganareisyou (plural) will win
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesganarenthey will win, you (plural formal) will win
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Ganar 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 ganado", meaning "I have won".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya ganadoI have won
hayas ganadoyou have won
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya ganados/he has won, you (formal) have won
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos ganadowe have won
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis ganadoyou (plural) have won
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan ganadothey have won, you (plural formal) have won
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Ganar 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 ganado", meaning "I had won".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera ganadoI had won
hubieras ganadoyou had won
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera ganados/he had won, you (formal) had won
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos ganadowe had won
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais ganadoyou (plural) had won
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran ganadothey had won, you (plural formal) had won
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Ganar in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere ganadoI will have won
hubieres ganadoyou will have won
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere ganados/he will have won, you (formal) will have won
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos ganadowe will have won
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis ganadoyou (plural) will have won
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren ganadothey will have won, you (plural formal) will have won
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Imperative Tenses of Ganar

Ganar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
gana(to you) win!
Ella / Él / Ustedgane(to you formal) win!
Nosotras / Nosotrosganemos(to we) win!
Vosotras / Vosotrosganad(to you plural) win!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesganen(to you plural formal) win!
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Ganar in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no ganes(to you) don't win!
Ella / Él / Ustedno gane(to you formal) don't win!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno ganemos(to we) don't win!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno ganéis(to you plural) don't win!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno ganen(to you plural formal) don't win!
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Example sentences and usage

  • Nuestro equipo ganó el juego. Our team won the game.
  • Tengo ganas de jugar a las cartas." "Yo también. I feel like playing cards." "So do I.
  • No se ganó Zamora en una hora. Rome wasn't built in a day.
  • ¡Sí! ¡Gané dos veces seguidas! Yes! I won twice in a row!
  • Tienes que estudiar con ganas. You must study hard.
  • Tengo ganas de verte. I am looking forward to seeing you.
  • Tengo ganas de que vengas conmigo. I would like you to come with me.
  • Espero con ganas a oír de ti. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
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