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How to conjugate Intentar in Spanish

To try, to attempt

Introduction

Intentar is the Spanish verb for to try, to attempt. It is a regular AR verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 16 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitiveintentarto try, to attempt
Past participleintentadotried
Gerundintentandotrying

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Indicative Tenses of Intentar

Intentar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of intentar 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, "intento tocar el piano", meaning "I try to play the piano".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentoI try
intentasyou try
Ella / Él / Ustedintentas/he try, you (formal) try
Nosotras / Nosotrosintentamoswe try
Vosotras / Vosotrosintentáisyou (plural) try
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesintentanthey try, you (plural formal) try
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Intentar in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of intentar is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "intenté tocar el piano", meaning "I tried to play the piano".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentéI tried
intentasteyou tried
Ella / Él / Ustedintentós/he tried, you (formal) tried
Nosotras / Nosotrosintentamoswe tried
Vosotras / Vosotrosintentasteisyou (plural) tried
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesintentaronthey tried, you (plural formal) tried
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Intentar in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of intentar is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "intentaba tocar el piano", meaning "I used to try to play the piano".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentabaI used to try
intentabasyou used to try
Ella / Él / Ustedintentabas/he used to try, you (formal) used to try
Nosotras / Nosotrosintentábamoswe used to try
Vosotras / Vosotrosintentabaisyou (plural) used to try
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesintentabanthey used to try, you (plural formal) used to try
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Intentar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of intentar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "intentaré tocar el piano", meaning "I will try to play the piano".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentaréI will try
intentarásyou will try
Ella / Él / Ustedintentarás/he will try, you (formal) will try
Nosotras / Nosotrosintentaremoswe will try
Vosotras / Vosotrosintentaréisyou (plural) will try
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesintentaránthey will try, you (plural formal) will try
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Intentar in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of intentar is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "intentaría tocar el piano", meaning "I would try to play the piano".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentaríaI would try
intentaríasyou would try
Ella / Él / Ustedintentarías/he would try, you (formal) would try
Nosotras / Nosotrosintentaríamoswe would try
Vosotras / Vosotrosintentaríaisyou (plural) would try
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesintentaríanthey would try, you (plural formal) would try
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Intentar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of intentar 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 intentado tocar el piano", meaning "I have tried to play the piano".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe intentadoI have tried
has intentadoyou have tried
Ella / Él / Ustedha intentados/he has tried, you (formal) have tried
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos intentadowe have tried
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis intentadoyou (plural) have tried
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan intentadothey have tried, you (plural formal) have tried
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Intentar in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of intentar is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había intentado tocar el piano", meaning "I had tried to play the piano".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía intentadoI had tried
habías intentadoyou had tried
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía intentados/he had tried, you (formal) had tried
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos intentadowe had tried
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais intentadoyou (plural) had tried
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían intentadothey had tried, you (plural formal) had tried
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Intentar in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of intentar is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré intentado tocar el piano", meaning "I will have tried to play the piano".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré intentadoI will have tried
habrás intentadoyou will have tried
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá intentados/he will have tried, you (formal) will have tried
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos intentadowe will have tried
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis intentadoyou (plural) will have tried
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán intentadothey will have tried, you (plural formal) will have tried
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Intentar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of intentar is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría intentado tocar el piano", meaning "I would have tried to play the piano".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría intentadoI would have tried
habrías intentadoyou would have tried
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría intentados/he would have tried, you (formal) would have tried
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos intentadowe would have tried
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais intentadoyou (plural) would have tried
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían intentadothey would have tried, you (plural formal) would have tried
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Subjunctive Tenses of Intentar

Intentar 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, "intente", meaning "I try".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointenteI try
intentesyou try
Ella / Él / Ustedintentes/he try, you (formal) try
Nosotras / Nosotrosintentemoswe try
Vosotras / Vosotrosintentéisyou (plural) try
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesintententhey try, you (plural formal) try
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Intentar 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, "intentara", meaning "I tried".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentaraI tried
intentarasyou tried
Ella / Él / Ustedintentaras/he tried, you (formal) tried
Nosotras / Nosotrosintentáramoswe tried
Vosotras / Vosotrosintentaraisyou (plural) tried
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesintentaranthey tried, you (plural formal) tried
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Intentar in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "intentare", meaning "I will try".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentareI will try
intentaresyou will try
Ella / Él / Ustedintentares/he will try, you (formal) will try
Nosotras / Nosotrosintentáremoswe will try
Vosotras / Vosotrosintentareisyou (plural) will try
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesintentarenthey will try, you (plural formal) will try
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Intentar 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 intentado", meaning "I have tried".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya intentadoI have tried
hayas intentadoyou have tried
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya intentados/he has tried, you (formal) have tried
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos intentadowe have tried
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis intentadoyou (plural) have tried
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan intentadothey have tried, you (plural formal) have tried
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Intentar 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 intentado", meaning "I had tried".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera intentadoI had tried
hubieras intentadoyou had tried
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera intentados/he had tried, you (formal) had tried
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos intentadowe had tried
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais intentadoyou (plural) had tried
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran intentadothey had tried, you (plural formal) had tried
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Intentar in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere intentadoI will have tried
hubieres intentadoyou will have tried
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere intentados/he will have tried, you (formal) will have tried
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos intentadowe will have tried
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis intentadoyou (plural) will have tried
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren intentadothey will have tried, you (plural formal) will have tried
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Imperative Tenses of Intentar

Intentar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
intenta(to you) try!
Ella / Él / Ustedintente(to you formal) try!
Nosotras / Nosotrosintentemos(to we) try!
Vosotras / Vosotrosintentad(to you plural) try!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesintenten(to you plural formal) try!
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Intentar in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no intentes(to you) don't try!
Ella / Él / Ustedno intente(to you formal) don't try!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno intentemos(to we) don't try!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno intentéis(to you plural) don't try!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno intenten(to you plural formal) don't try!
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Example sentences and usage

  • ¿Por qué intentaste escapar? Why did you try to run away?
  • Yo intentaba perder tiempo. I was trying to kill time.
  • Puedes sentirte decepcionado si fallas, pero estarás condenado si no lo intentas. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
  • ¿Por qué intentaste escapar? Why did you try to run away?
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