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How to conjugate Merecer in Spanish

To deserve, to merit Irregular Verb

Introduction

Merecer is the Spanish verb for "to deserve, to merit". It is an irregular verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

Similar verbs to merecer include: ameritar.

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivemerecerto deserve, to merit
Past participlemerecidodeserved
Gerundmereciendodeserving
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Indicative Tenses of Merecer

Merecer in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of merecer 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, "merezco", meaning "I deserve".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yomerezco I deserve
merecesyou deserve
Ella / Él / Ustedmereces/he deserve, you (formal) deserve
Nosotras / Nosotrosmerecemoswe deserve
Vosotras / Vosotrosmerecéisyou (plural) deserve
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmerecenthey deserve, you (plural formal) deserve

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Merecer in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomerecíI deserved
merecisteyou deserved
Ella / Él / Ustedmereciós/he deserved, you (formal) deserved
Nosotras / Nosotrosmerecimoswe deserved
Vosotras / Vosotrosmerecisteisyou (plural) deserved
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmerecieronthey deserved, you (plural formal) deserved
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Merecer in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomerecíaI used to deserve
merecíasyou used to deserve
Ella / Él / Ustedmerecías/he used to deserve, you (formal) used to deserve
Nosotras / Nosotrosmerecíamoswe used to deserve
Vosotras / Vosotrosmerecíaisyou (plural) used to deserve
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmerecíanthey used to deserve, you (plural formal) used to deserve
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Merecer in the Indicative Present Continuous

The Indicative Present Continuous of merecer is used to talk about something that is happening continuosly or right now. For example, "estoy mereciendo", meaning "I am deserving".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy mereciendoI am deserving
estás mereciendoyou are deserving
Ella / Él / Ustedestá mereciendos/he is deserving, you (formal) are deserving
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos mereciendowe are deserving
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis mereciendoyou (plural) are deserving
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán mereciendothey are deserving, you (plural formal) are deserving
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Merecer in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a merecerI am going to deserve
vas a mereceryou are going to deserve
Ella / Él / Ustedva a merecers/he is going to deserve, you (formal) are going to deserve
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a merecerwe are going to deserve
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a mereceryou (plural) are going to deserve
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a merecerthey are going to deserve, you (plural formal) are going to deserve
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Merecer in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of merecer is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "mereceré", meaning "I will deserve".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomereceréI will deserve
merecerásyou will deserve
Ella / Él / Ustedmerecerás/he will deserve, you (formal) will deserve
Nosotras / Nosotrosmereceremoswe will deserve
Vosotras / Vosotrosmereceréisyou (plural) will deserve
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmereceránthey will deserve, you (plural formal) will deserve
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Merecer in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomereceríaI would deserve
mereceríasyou would deserve
Ella / Él / Ustedmerecerías/he would deserve, you (formal) would deserve
Nosotras / Nosotrosmereceríamoswe would deserve
Vosotras / Vosotrosmereceríaisyou (plural) would deserve
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmereceríanthey would deserve, you (plural formal) would deserve
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Merecer in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of merecer 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 merecido", meaning "I have deserved".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe merecidoI have deserved
has merecidoyou have deserved
Ella / Él / Ustedha merecidos/he has deserved, you (formal) have deserved
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos merecidowe have deserved
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis merecidoyou (plural) have deserved
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan merecidothey have deserved, you (plural formal) have deserved
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Merecer in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía merecidoI had deserved
habías merecidoyou had deserved
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía merecidos/he had deserved, you (formal) had deserved
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos merecidowe had deserved
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais merecidoyou (plural) had deserved
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían merecidothey had deserved, you (plural formal) had deserved
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Merecer in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré merecidoI will have deserved
habrás merecidoyou will have deserved
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá merecidos/he will have deserved, you (formal) will have deserved
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos merecidowe will have deserved
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis merecidoyou (plural) will have deserved
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán merecidothey will have deserved, you (plural formal) will have deserved
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Merecer in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría merecidoI would have deserved
habrías merecidoyou would have deserved
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría merecidos/he would have deserved, you (formal) would have deserved
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos merecidowe would have deserved
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais merecidoyou (plural) would have deserved
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían merecidothey would have deserved, you (plural formal) would have deserved
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Subjunctive Tenses of Merecer

Merecer 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, "merezca", meaning "I deserve".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yomerezca I deserve
merezcas you deserve
Ella / Él / Ustedmerezca s/he deserve, you (formal) deserve
Nosotras / Nosotrosmerezcamos we deserve
Vosotras / Vosotrosmerezcáis you (plural) deserve
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmerezcan they deserve, you (plural formal) deserve

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Merecer 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, "mereciera", meaning "I deserved".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomerecieraI deserved
merecierasyou deserved
Ella / Él / Ustedmerecieras/he deserved, you (formal) deserved
Nosotras / Nosotrosmereciéramoswe deserved
Vosotras / Vosotrosmerecieraisyou (plural) deserved
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmerecieranthey deserved, you (plural formal) deserved
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Merecer 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, "mereciere", meaning "I will deserve".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YomereciereI will deserve
merecieresyou will deserve
Ella / Él / Ustedmerecieres/he will deserve, you (formal) will deserve
Nosotras / Nosotrosmereciéremoswe will deserve
Vosotras / Vosotrosmereciereisyou (plural) will deserve
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmerecierenthey will deserve, you (plural formal) will deserve
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Merecer 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 merecido", meaning "I have deserved".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya merecidoI have deserved
hayas merecidoyou have deserved
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya merecidos/he has deserved, you (formal) have deserved
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos merecidowe have deserved
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis merecidoyou (plural) have deserved
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan merecidothey have deserved, you (plural formal) have deserved
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Merecer 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 merecido", meaning "I had deserved".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera merecidoI had deserved
hubieras merecidoyou had deserved
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera merecidos/he had deserved, you (formal) had deserved
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos merecidowe had deserved
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais merecidoyou (plural) had deserved
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran merecidothey had deserved, you (plural formal) had deserved
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Merecer 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 merecido", meaning "I will have deserved".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere merecidoI will have deserved
hubieres merecidoyou will have deserved
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere merecidos/he will have deserved, you (formal) will have deserved
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos merecidowe will have deserved
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis merecidoyou (plural) will have deserved
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren merecidothey will have deserved, you (plural formal) will have deserved
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Imperative Tenses of Merecer

Merecer in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
merece(to you) deserve!
Ella / Él / Ustedmerezca (to you formal) deserve!
Nosotras / Nosotrosmerezcamos let's deserve!
Vosotras / Vosotrosmereced(to you plural) deserve!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesmerezcan (to you plural formal) deserve!

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Merecer in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no merezcas (to you) don't deserve!
Ella / Él / Ustedno merezca (to you formal) don't deserve!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno merezcamos let's not deserve!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno merezcáis (to you plural) don't deserve!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno merezcan (to you plural formal) don't deserve!

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