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How to conjugate Mentir in Spanish

To lie Irregular Verb

Introduction

Mentir is the Spanish verb for "to lie". It is an irregular verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivementirto lie
Past participlementidolied
Gerundmintiendolying
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Indicative Tenses of Mentir

Mentir in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of mentir 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, "miento", meaning "I lie".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yomiento I lie
Túmientes you lie
Ella / Él / Ustedmiente s/he lie, you (formal) lie
Nosotras / Nosotrosmentimoswe lie
Vosotras / Vosotrosmentísyou (plural) lie
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmienten they lie, you (plural formal) lie

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Mentir in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomentíI lied
Túmentisteyou lied
Ella / Él / Ustedmintió s/he lied, you (formal) lied
Nosotras / Nosotrosmentimoswe lied
Vosotras / Vosotrosmentisteisyou (plural) lied
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmintieron they lied, you (plural formal) lied

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Mentir in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomentíaI used to lie
Túmentíasyou used to lie
Ella / Él / Ustedmentías/he used to lie, you (formal) used to lie
Nosotras / Nosotrosmentíamoswe used to lie
Vosotras / Vosotrosmentíaisyou (plural) used to lie
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmentíanthey used to lie, you (plural formal) used to lie
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Mentir in the Indicative Present Continuous

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy mintiendo I am lying
Túestás mintiendo you are lying
Ella / Él / Ustedestá mintiendo s/he is lying, you (formal) are lying
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos mintiendo we are lying
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis mintiendo you (plural) are lying
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán mintiendo they are lying, you (plural formal) are lying

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Mentir in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a mentirI am going to lie
Túvas a mentiryou are going to lie
Ella / Él / Ustedva a mentirs/he is going to lie, you (formal) are going to lie
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a mentirwe are going to lie
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a mentiryou (plural) are going to lie
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a mentirthey are going to lie, you (plural formal) are going to lie
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Mentir in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of mentir is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "mentiré", meaning "I will lie".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomentiréI will lie
Túmentirásyou will lie
Ella / Él / Ustedmentirás/he will lie, you (formal) will lie
Nosotras / Nosotrosmentiremoswe will lie
Vosotras / Vosotrosmentiréisyou (plural) will lie
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmentiránthey will lie, you (plural formal) will lie
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Mentir in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomentiríaI would lie
Túmentiríasyou would lie
Ella / Él / Ustedmentirías/he would lie, you (formal) would lie
Nosotras / Nosotrosmentiríamoswe would lie
Vosotras / Vosotrosmentiríaisyou (plural) would lie
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmentiríanthey would lie, you (plural formal) would lie
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Mentir in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of mentir 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 mentido", meaning "I have lied".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe mentidoI have lied
Túhas mentidoyou have lied
Ella / Él / Ustedha mentidos/he has lied, you (formal) have lied
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos mentidowe have lied
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis mentidoyou (plural) have lied
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan mentidothey have lied, you (plural formal) have lied
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Mentir in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía mentidoI had lied
Túhabías mentidoyou had lied
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía mentidos/he had lied, you (formal) had lied
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos mentidowe had lied
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais mentidoyou (plural) had lied
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían mentidothey had lied, you (plural formal) had lied
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Mentir in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré mentidoI will have lied
Túhabrás mentidoyou will have lied
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá mentidos/he will have lied, you (formal) will have lied
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos mentidowe will have lied
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis mentidoyou (plural) will have lied
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán mentidothey will have lied, you (plural formal) will have lied
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Mentir in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría mentidoI would have lied
Túhabrías mentidoyou would have lied
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría mentidos/he would have lied, you (formal) would have lied
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos mentidowe would have lied
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais mentidoyou (plural) would have lied
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían mentidothey would have lied, you (plural formal) would have lied
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Subjunctive Tenses of Mentir

Mentir 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, "mienta", meaning "I lie".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yomienta I lie
Túmientas you lie
Ella / Él / Ustedmienta s/he lie, you (formal) lie
Nosotras / Nosotrosmintamos we lie
Vosotras / Vosotrosmintáis you (plural) lie
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmientan they lie, you (plural formal) lie

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Mentir 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, "mintiera", meaning "I lied".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yomintiera I lied
Túmintieras you lied
Ella / Él / Ustedmintiera s/he lied, you (formal) lied
Nosotras / Nosotrosmintiéramos we lied
Vosotras / Vosotrosmintierais you (plural) lied
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmintieran they lied, you (plural formal) lied

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Mentir 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, "mintiere", meaning "I will lie".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yomintiere I will lie
Túmintieres you will lie
Ella / Él / Ustedmintiere s/he will lie, you (formal) will lie
Nosotras / Nosotrosmintiéremos we will lie
Vosotras / Vosotrosmintiereis you (plural) will lie
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmintieren they will lie, you (plural formal) will lie

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Mentir 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 mentido", meaning "I have lied".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya mentidoI have lied
Túhayas mentidoyou have lied
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya mentidos/he has lied, you (formal) have lied
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos mentidowe have lied
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis mentidoyou (plural) have lied
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan mentidothey have lied, you (plural formal) have lied
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Mentir 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 mentido", meaning "I had lied".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera mentidoI had lied
Túhubieras mentidoyou had lied
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera mentidos/he had lied, you (formal) had lied
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos mentidowe had lied
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais mentidoyou (plural) had lied
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran mentidothey had lied, you (plural formal) had lied
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Mentir 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 mentido", meaning "I will have lied".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere mentidoI will have lied
Túhubieres mentidoyou will have lied
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere mentidos/he will have lied, you (formal) will have lied
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos mentidowe will have lied
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis mentidoyou (plural) will have lied
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren mentidothey will have lied, you (plural formal) will have lied
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Imperative Tenses of Mentir

Mentir in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túmiente (to you) lie!
Ella / Él / Ustedmienta (to you formal) lie!
Nosotras / Nosotrosmintamos let's lie!
Vosotras / Vosotrosmentid(to you plural) lie!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmientan (to you plural formal) lie!

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Mentir in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túno mientas (to you) don't lie!
Ella / Él / Ustedno mienta (to you formal) don't lie!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno mintamos let's not lie!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno mintáis (to you plural) don't lie!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno mientan (to you plural formal) don't lie!

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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