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How to conjugate Mantener in Spanish

To maintain, to keep Irregular

Introduction

Mantener is the Spanish verb for to maintain, to keep. It is an irregular verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 16 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitivemantenerto maintain, to keep
Past participlemantenidomaintained
Gerundmanteniendomaintaining

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Indicative Tenses of Mantener

Mantener in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of mantener 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, "mantengo", meaning "I maintain".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomantengoI maintain
mantienesyou maintain
Ella / Él / Ustedmantienes/he maintain, you (formal) maintain
Nosotras / Nosotrosmantenemoswe maintain
Vosotras / Vosotrosmantenéisyou (plural) maintain
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmantienenthey maintain, you (plural formal) maintain
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Mantener in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of mantener is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "mantuve", meaning "I maintained".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomantuveI maintained
mantuvisteyou maintained
Ella / Él / Ustedmantuvos/he maintained, you (formal) maintained
Nosotras / Nosotrosmantuvimoswe maintained
Vosotras / Vosotrosmantuvisteisyou (plural) maintained
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmantuvieronthey maintained, you (plural formal) maintained
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Mantener in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of mantener is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "mantenía", meaning "I used to maintain".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomanteníaI used to maintain
manteníasyou used to maintain
Ella / Él / Ustedmantenías/he used to maintain, you (formal) used to maintain
Nosotras / Nosotrosmanteníamoswe used to maintain
Vosotras / Vosotrosmanteníaisyou (plural) used to maintain
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmanteníanthey used to maintain, you (plural formal) used to maintain
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Mantener in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of mantener is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "mantendré", meaning "I will maintain".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomantendréI will maintain
mantendrásyou will maintain
Ella / Él / Ustedmantendrás/he will maintain, you (formal) will maintain
Nosotras / Nosotrosmantendremoswe will maintain
Vosotras / Vosotrosmantendréisyou (plural) will maintain
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmantendránthey will maintain, you (plural formal) will maintain
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Mantener in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of mantener is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "mantendría", meaning "I would maintain".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomantendríaI would maintain
mantendríasyou would maintain
Ella / Él / Ustedmantendrías/he would maintain, you (formal) would maintain
Nosotras / Nosotrosmantendríamoswe would maintain
Vosotras / Vosotrosmantendríaisyou (plural) would maintain
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmantendríanthey would maintain, you (plural formal) would maintain
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Mantener in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of mantener 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 mantenido", meaning "I have maintained".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe mantenidoI have maintained
has mantenidoyou have maintained
Ella / Él / Ustedha mantenidos/he has maintained, you (formal) have maintained
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos mantenidowe have maintained
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis mantenidoyou (plural) have maintained
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan mantenidothey have maintained, you (plural formal) have maintained
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Mantener in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of mantener is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había mantenido", meaning "I had maintained".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía mantenidoI had maintained
habías mantenidoyou had maintained
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía mantenidos/he had maintained, you (formal) had maintained
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos mantenidowe had maintained
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais mantenidoyou (plural) had maintained
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían mantenidothey had maintained, you (plural formal) had maintained
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Mantener in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of mantener is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré mantenido", meaning "I will have maintained".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré mantenidoI will have maintained
habrás mantenidoyou will have maintained
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá mantenidos/he will have maintained, you (formal) will have maintained
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos mantenidowe will have maintained
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis mantenidoyou (plural) will have maintained
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán mantenidothey will have maintained, you (plural formal) will have maintained
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Mantener in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of mantener is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría mantenido", meaning "I would have maintained".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría mantenidoI would have maintained
habrías mantenidoyou would have maintained
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría mantenidos/he would have maintained, you (formal) would have maintained
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos mantenidowe would have maintained
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais mantenidoyou (plural) would have maintained
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían mantenidothey would have maintained, you (plural formal) would have maintained
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Subjunctive Tenses of Mantener

Mantener 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, "mantenga", meaning "I maintain".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomantengaI maintain
mantengasyou maintain
Ella / Él / Ustedmantengas/he maintain, you (formal) maintain
Nosotras / Nosotrosmantengamoswe maintain
Vosotras / Vosotrosmantengáisyou (plural) maintain
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmantenganthey maintain, you (plural formal) maintain
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Mantener 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, "mantuviera", meaning "I maintained".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomantuvieraI maintained
mantuvierasyou maintained
Ella / Él / Ustedmantuvieras/he maintained, you (formal) maintained
Nosotras / Nosotrosmantuviéramoswe maintained
Vosotras / Vosotrosmantuvieraisyou (plural) maintained
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmantuvieranthey maintained, you (plural formal) maintained
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Mantener in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "mantuviere", meaning "I will maintain".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomantuviereI will maintain
mantuvieresyou will maintain
Ella / Él / Ustedmantuvieres/he will maintain, you (formal) will maintain
Nosotras / Nosotrosmantuviéremoswe will maintain
Vosotras / Vosotrosmantuviereisyou (plural) will maintain
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmantuvierenthey will maintain, you (plural formal) will maintain
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Mantener 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 mantenido", meaning "I have maintained".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya mantenidoI have maintained
hayas mantenidoyou have maintained
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya mantenidos/he has maintained, you (formal) have maintained
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos mantenidowe have maintained
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis mantenidoyou (plural) have maintained
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan mantenidothey have maintained, you (plural formal) have maintained
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Mantener 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 mantenido", meaning "I had maintained".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera mantenidoI had maintained
hubieras mantenidoyou had maintained
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera mantenidos/he had maintained, you (formal) had maintained
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos mantenidowe had maintained
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais mantenidoyou (plural) had maintained
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran mantenidothey had maintained, you (plural formal) had maintained
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Mantener in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere mantenidoI will have maintained
hubieres mantenidoyou will have maintained
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere mantenidos/he will have maintained, you (formal) will have maintained
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos mantenidowe will have maintained
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis mantenidoyou (plural) will have maintained
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren mantenidothey will have maintained, you (plural formal) will have maintained
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Imperative Tenses of Mantener

Mantener in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
mantén(to you) maintain!
Ella / Él / Ustedmantenga(to you formal) maintain!
Nosotras / Nosotrosmantengamos(to we) maintain!
Vosotras / Vosotrosmantened(to you plural) maintain!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmantengan(to you plural formal) maintain!
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Mantener in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no mantengas(to you) don't maintain!
Ella / Él / Ustedno mantenga(to you formal) don't maintain!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno mantengamos(to we) don't maintain!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno mantengáis(to you plural) don't maintain!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno mantengan(to you plural formal) don't maintain!
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Example sentences and usage

  • ¿Qué te mantiene despierto hasta tan tarde? What keeps you up so late?
  • Mantén una postura en todo. Take a mean position in everything.
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