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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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yomiento I lie
mientes 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomentíI lied
mentisteyou 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomentíaI used to lie
mentíasyou 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 continuosly or right now. For example, "estoy mintiendo", meaning "I am lying".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy mintiendo I am lying
estás 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a mentirI am going to lie
vas 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomentiréI will lie
mentirásyou 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomentiríaI would lie
mentiríasyou 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe mentidoI have lied
has 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía mentidoI had lied
habías 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré mentidoI will have lied
habrás 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría mentidoI would have lied
habrías 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yomienta I lie
mientas 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yomintiera I lied
mintieras 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. For example, "mintiere", meaning "I will lie".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yomintiere I will lie
mintieres 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya mentidoI have lied
hayas 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".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera mentidoI had lied
hubieras 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. For example, "hubiere mentido", meaning "I will have lied".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere mentidoI will have lied
hubieres 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!".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
miente (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!".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no 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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