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How to conjugate Matar in Spanish

To kill Regular AR Verb

Introduction

Matar is the Spanish verb for "to kill". It is a regular AR verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivematarto kill
Past participlematadokilled
Gerundmatandokilling
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Indicative Tenses of Matar

Matar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of matar 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, "mato", meaning "I kill".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomatoI kill
Túmatasyou kill
Ella / Él / Ustedmatas/he kills, you (formal) kills
Nosotras / Nosotrosmatamoswe kill
Vosotras / Vosotrosmatáisyou (plural) kill
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmatanthey kill, you (plural formal) kill
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Matar in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomatéI killed
Túmatasteyou killed
Ella / Él / Ustedmatós/he killed, you (formal) killed
Nosotras / Nosotrosmatamoswe killed
Vosotras / Vosotrosmatasteisyou (plural) killed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmataronthey killed, you (plural formal) killed
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Matar in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomatabaI used to kill
Túmatabasyou used to kill
Ella / Él / Ustedmatabas/he used to kill, you (formal) used to kill
Nosotras / Nosotrosmatábamoswe used to kill
Vosotras / Vosotrosmatabaisyou (plural) used to kill
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmatabanthey used to kill, you (plural formal) used to kill
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Matar in the Indicative Present Continuous

The Indicative Present Continuous of matar is used to talk about something that is happening continuously or right now. For example, "estoy matando", meaning "I am killing".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy matandoI am killing
Túestás matandoyou are killing
Ella / Él / Ustedestá matandos/he is killing, you (formal) are killing
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos matandowe are killing
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis matandoyou (plural) are killing
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán matandothey are killing, you (plural formal) are killing
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Matar in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a matarI am going to kill
Túvas a mataryou are going to kill
Ella / Él / Ustedva a matars/he is going to kill, you (formal) are going to kill
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a matarwe are going to kill
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a mataryou (plural) are going to kill
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a matarthey are going to kill, you (plural formal) are going to kill
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Matar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of matar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "mataré", meaning "I will kill".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomataréI will kill
Túmatarásyou will kill
Ella / Él / Ustedmatarás/he will kill, you (formal) will kill
Nosotras / Nosotrosmataremoswe will kill
Vosotras / Vosotrosmataréisyou (plural) will kill
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmataránthey will kill, you (plural formal) will kill
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Matar in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomataríaI would kill
Túmataríasyou would kill
Ella / Él / Ustedmatarías/he would kill, you (formal) would kill
Nosotras / Nosotrosmataríamoswe would kill
Vosotras / Vosotrosmataríaisyou (plural) would kill
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmataríanthey would kill, you (plural formal) would kill
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Matar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of matar 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 matado", meaning "I have killed".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe matadoI have killed
Túhas matadoyou have killed
Ella / Él / Ustedha matados/he has killed, you (formal) have killed
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos matadowe have killed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis matadoyou (plural) have killed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan matadothey have killed, you (plural formal) have killed
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Matar in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía matadoI had killed
Túhabías matadoyou had killed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía matados/he had killed, you (formal) had killed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos matadowe had killed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais matadoyou (plural) had killed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían matadothey had killed, you (plural formal) had killed
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Matar in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré matadoI will have killed
Túhabrás matadoyou will have killed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá matados/he will have killed, you (formal) will have killed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos matadowe will have killed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis matadoyou (plural) will have killed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán matadothey will have killed, you (plural formal) will have killed
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Matar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría matadoI would have killed
Túhabrías matadoyou would have killed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría matados/he would have killed, you (formal) would have killed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos matadowe would have killed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais matadoyou (plural) would have killed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían matadothey would have killed, you (plural formal) would have killed
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Subjunctive Tenses of Matar

Matar 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, "mate", meaning "I kill".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomateI kill
Túmatesyou kill
Ella / Él / Ustedmates/he kills, you (formal) kills
Nosotras / Nosotrosmatemoswe kill
Vosotras / Vosotrosmatéisyou (plural) kill
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmatenthey kill, you (plural formal) kill
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Matar 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, "matara", meaning "I killed".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomataraI killed
Túmatarasyou killed
Ella / Él / Ustedmataras/he killed, you (formal) killed
Nosotras / Nosotrosmatáramoswe killed
Vosotras / Vosotrosmataraisyou (plural) killed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmataranthey killed, you (plural formal) killed
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Matar 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, "matare", meaning "I will kill".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomatareI will kill
Túmataresyou will kill
Ella / Él / Ustedmatares/he will kill, you (formal) will kill
Nosotras / Nosotrosmatáremoswe will kill
Vosotras / Vosotrosmatareisyou (plural) will kill
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmatarenthey will kill, you (plural formal) will kill
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Matar 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 matado", meaning "I have killed".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya matadoI have killed
Túhayas matadoyou have killed
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya matados/he has killed, you (formal) have killed
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos matadowe have killed
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis matadoyou (plural) have killed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan matadothey have killed, you (plural formal) have killed
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Matar 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 matado", meaning "I had killed".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera matadoI had killed
Túhubieras matadoyou had killed
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera matados/he had killed, you (formal) had killed
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos matadowe had killed
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais matadoyou (plural) had killed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran matadothey had killed, you (plural formal) had killed
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Matar 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 matado", meaning "I will have killed".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere matadoI will have killed
Túhubieres matadoyou will have killed
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere matados/he will have killed, you (formal) will have killed
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos matadowe will have killed
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis matadoyou (plural) will have killed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren matadothey will have killed, you (plural formal) will have killed
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Imperative Tenses of Matar

Matar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túmata(to you) kill!
Ella / Él / Ustedmate(to you formal) kill!
Nosotras / Nosotrosmatemoslet's kill!
Vosotras / Vosotrosmatad(to you plural) kill!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmaten(to you plural formal) kill!
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Matar in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túno mates(to you) don't kill!
Ella / Él / Ustedno mate(to you formal) don't kill!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno matemoslet's not kill!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno matéis(to you plural) don't kill!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno maten(to you plural formal) don't kill!
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