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How to conjugate Necesitar in Spanish

To need

Introduction

Necesitar is the Spanish verb for to need. It is a regular AR verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 16 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitivenecesitarto need
Past participlenecesitadoneeded
Gerundnecesitandoneeding

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Indicative Tenses of Necesitar

Necesitar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of necesitar 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, "necesito un descanso", meaning "I need a break".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YonecesitoI need
necesitasyou need
Ella / Él / Ustednecesitas/he need, you (formal) need
Nosotras / Nosotrosnecesitamoswe need
Vosotras / Vosotrosnecesitáisyou (plural) need
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesnecesitanthey need, you (plural formal) need
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Necesitar in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of necesitar is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "necesité un descanso", meaning "I needed a break".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YonecesitéI needed
necesitasteyou needed
Ella / Él / Ustednecesitós/he needed, you (formal) needed
Nosotras / Nosotrosnecesitamoswe needed
Vosotras / Vosotrosnecesitasteisyou (plural) needed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesnecesitaronthey needed, you (plural formal) needed
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Necesitar in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of necesitar is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "necesitaba un descanso", meaning "I used to need a break".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YonecesitabaI used to need
necesitabasyou used to need
Ella / Él / Ustednecesitabas/he used to need, you (formal) used to need
Nosotras / Nosotrosnecesitábamoswe used to need
Vosotras / Vosotrosnecesitabaisyou (plural) used to need
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesnecesitabanthey used to need, you (plural formal) used to need
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Necesitar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of necesitar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "necesitaré un descanso", meaning "I will need a break".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YonecesitaréI will need
necesitarásyou will need
Ella / Él / Ustednecesitarás/he will need, you (formal) will need
Nosotras / Nosotrosnecesitaremoswe will need
Vosotras / Vosotrosnecesitaréisyou (plural) will need
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesnecesitaránthey will need, you (plural formal) will need
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Necesitar in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of necesitar is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "necesitaría un descanso", meaning "I would need a break".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YonecesitaríaI would need
necesitaríasyou would need
Ella / Él / Ustednecesitarías/he would need, you (formal) would need
Nosotras / Nosotrosnecesitaríamoswe would need
Vosotras / Vosotrosnecesitaríaisyou (plural) would need
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesnecesitaríanthey would need, you (plural formal) would need
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Necesitar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of necesitar 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 necesitado un descanso", meaning "I have needed a break".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe necesitadoI have needed
has necesitadoyou have needed
Ella / Él / Ustedha necesitados/he has needed, you (formal) have needed
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos necesitadowe have needed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis necesitadoyou (plural) have needed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan necesitadothey have needed, you (plural formal) have needed
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Necesitar in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of necesitar is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había necesitado un descanso", meaning "I had needed a break".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía necesitadoI had needed
habías necesitadoyou had needed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía necesitados/he had needed, you (formal) had needed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos necesitadowe had needed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais necesitadoyou (plural) had needed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían necesitadothey had needed, you (plural formal) had needed
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Necesitar in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of necesitar is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré necesitado un descanso", meaning "I will have needed a break".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré necesitadoI will have needed
habrás necesitadoyou will have needed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá necesitados/he will have needed, you (formal) will have needed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos necesitadowe will have needed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis necesitadoyou (plural) will have needed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán necesitadothey will have needed, you (plural formal) will have needed
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Necesitar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of necesitar is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría necesitado un descanso", meaning "I would have needed a break".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría necesitadoI would have needed
habrías necesitadoyou would have needed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría necesitados/he would have needed, you (formal) would have needed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos necesitadowe would have needed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais necesitadoyou (plural) would have needed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían necesitadothey would have needed, you (plural formal) would have needed
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Subjunctive Tenses of Necesitar

Necesitar 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, "necesite", meaning "I need".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YonecesiteI need
necesitesyou need
Ella / Él / Ustednecesites/he need, you (formal) need
Nosotras / Nosotrosnecesitemoswe need
Vosotras / Vosotrosnecesitéisyou (plural) need
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesnecesitenthey need, you (plural formal) need
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Necesitar 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, "necesitara", meaning "I needed".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YonecesitaraI needed
necesitarasyou needed
Ella / Él / Ustednecesitaras/he needed, you (formal) needed
Nosotras / Nosotrosnecesitáramoswe needed
Vosotras / Vosotrosnecesitaraisyou (plural) needed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesnecesitaranthey needed, you (plural formal) needed
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Necesitar in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "necesitare", meaning "I will need".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YonecesitareI will need
necesitaresyou will need
Ella / Él / Ustednecesitares/he will need, you (formal) will need
Nosotras / Nosotrosnecesitáremoswe will need
Vosotras / Vosotrosnecesitareisyou (plural) will need
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesnecesitarenthey will need, you (plural formal) will need
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Necesitar 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 necesitado", meaning "I have needed".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya necesitadoI have needed
hayas necesitadoyou have needed
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya necesitados/he has needed, you (formal) have needed
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos necesitadowe have needed
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis necesitadoyou (plural) have needed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan necesitadothey have needed, you (plural formal) have needed
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Necesitar 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 necesitado", meaning "I had needed".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera necesitadoI had needed
hubieras necesitadoyou had needed
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera necesitados/he had needed, you (formal) had needed
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos necesitadowe had needed
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais necesitadoyou (plural) had needed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran necesitadothey had needed, you (plural formal) had needed
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Necesitar in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere necesitadoI will have needed
hubieres necesitadoyou will have needed
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere necesitados/he will have needed, you (formal) will have needed
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos necesitadowe will have needed
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis necesitadoyou (plural) will have needed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren necesitadothey will have needed, you (plural formal) will have needed
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Imperative Tenses of Necesitar

Necesitar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
necesita(to you) need!
Ella / Él / Ustednecesite(to you formal) need!
Nosotras / Nosotrosnecesitemos(to we) need!
Vosotras / Vosotrosnecesitad(to you plural) need!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesnecesiten(to you plural formal) need!
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Necesitar in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no necesites(to you) don't need!
Ella / Él / Ustedno necesite(to you formal) don't need!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno necesitemos(to we) don't need!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno necesitéis(to you plural) don't need!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno necesiten(to you plural formal) don't need!
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Example sentences and usage

  • Necesito hacerte una pregunta tonta. I need to ask you a silly question.
  • ¿Realmente necesitas preguntar para saber la respuesta? Do you really need to ask the question to know the answer?
  • ¿Necesitas que te dé algo de dinero? Do you need me to give you some money?
  • Necesito un nuevo ordenador. I have to get a new computer.
  • Es rico, ¡no necesita dinero! He's rich. He doesn't need money!
  • No necesitas llamarme por teléfono. You need not telephone me.
  • ¿Necesitas trabajar el domingo? Must you work on Sunday?
  • No necesitas tener el pelo cortado para esta semana. You need not have a haircut this week.
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