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How to conjugate Intentar in Spanish

To try, to attempt Regular AR Verb Top 100

Introduction

Intentar is the Spanish verb for "to try, to attempt". It is a regular AR 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!

Similar verbs to intentar include: probar, tratar.

SpanishEnglish
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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentoI try
Túintentasyou try
Ella / Él / Ustedintentas/he tries, you (formal) tries
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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentéI tried
Túintentasteyou 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentabaI used to try
Túintentabasyou 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 Present Continuous

The Indicative Present Continuous of intentar is used to talk about something that is happening continuously or right now. For example, "estoy intentando tocar el piano", meaning "I am trying to play the piano".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy intentandoI am trying
Túestás intentandoyou are trying
Ella / Él / Ustedestá intentandos/he is trying, you (formal) are trying
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos intentandowe are trying
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis intentandoyou (plural) are trying
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán intentandothey are trying, you (plural formal) are trying
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Intentar in the Indicative Informal Future

The Indicative Informal Future of intentar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future, especially in the near future. For example, "voy a intentar tocar el piano", meaning "I am going to try to play the piano".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a intentarI am going to try
Túvas a intentaryou are going to try
Ella / Él / Ustedva a intentars/he is going to try, you (formal) are going to try
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a intentarwe are going to try
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a intentaryou (plural) are going to try
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a intentarthey are going to try, you (plural formal) are going 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentaréI will try
Túintentarásyou 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentaríaI would try
Túintentaríasyou 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe intentadoI have tried
Túhas 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía intentadoI had tried
Túhabías 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré intentadoI will have tried
Túhabrás 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 past but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría intentado tocar el piano", meaning "I would have tried to play the piano".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría intentadoI would have tried
Túhabrías 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointenteI try
Túintentesyou try
Ella / Él / Ustedintentes/he tries, you (formal) tries
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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentaraI tried
Túintentarasyou 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 to speak about hypothetical situations, and actions/events that may happen in the future. Note that this is very rarely used in Spanish. For example, "intentare", meaning "I will try".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YointentareI will try
Túintentaresyou 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya intentadoI have tried
Túhayas 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".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera intentadoI had tried
Túhubieras 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 to speak about something that will have happened if a hypothetical situations occurs in the future. Note that this is very rarely used in Spanish. For example, "hubiere intentado", meaning "I will have tried".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere intentadoI will have tried
Túhubieres 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!".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túintenta(to you) try!
Ella / Él / Ustedintente(to you formal) try!
Nosotras / Nosotrosintentemoslet's 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!".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túno intentes(to you) don't try!
Ella / Él / Ustedno intente(to you formal) don't try!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno intentemoslet's not 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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