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How to conjugate Obligar in Spanish

To force, to bind, to oblige Irregular Verb

Introduction

Obligar is the Spanish verb for "to force, to bind, to oblige". It is an irregular verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

Similar verbs to obligar include: forzar.

SpanishEnglish
Infinitiveobligarto force, to bind, to oblige
Past participleobligadoforced
Gerundobligandoforcing
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Indicative Tenses of Obligar

Obligar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of obligar 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, "obligo", meaning "I force".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoobligoI force
TĂșobligasyou force
Ella / Él / Ustedobligas/he forces, you (formal) forces
Nosotras / Nosotrosobligamoswe force
Vosotras / VosotrosobligĂĄisyou (plural) force
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobliganthey force, you (plural formal) force
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Obligar in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoobligué I forced
TĂșobligasteyou forced
Ella / Él / Ustedobligós/he forced, you (formal) forced
Nosotras / Nosotrosobligamoswe forced
Vosotras / Vosotrosobligasteisyou (plural) forced
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobligaronthey forced, you (plural formal) forced

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Obligar in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoobligabaI used to force
TĂșobligabasyou used to force
Ella / Él / Ustedobligabas/he used to force, you (formal) used to force
Nosotras / NosotrosobligĂĄbamoswe used to force
Vosotras / Vosotrosobligabaisyou (plural) used to force
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobligabanthey used to force, you (plural formal) used to force
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Obligar in the Indicative Present Continuous

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy obligandoI am forcing
TĂșestĂĄs obligandoyou are forcing
Ella / Él / Ustedestá obligandos/he is forcing, you (formal) are forcing
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos obligandowe are forcing
Vosotras / VosotrosestĂĄis obligandoyou (plural) are forcing
Ellas / Ellos / UstedesestĂĄn obligandothey are forcing, you (plural formal) are forcing
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Obligar in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a obligarI am going to force
TĂșvas a obligaryou are going to force
Ella / Él / Ustedva a obligars/he is going to force, you (formal) are going to force
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a obligarwe are going to force
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a obligaryou (plural) are going to force
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a obligarthey are going to force, you (plural formal) are going to force
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Obligar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of obligar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "obligaré", meaning "I will force".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoobligaréI will force
TĂșobligarĂĄsyou will force
Ella / Él / Ustedobligarás/he will force, you (formal) will force
Nosotras / Nosotrosobligaremoswe will force
Vosotras / Vosotrosobligaréisyou (plural) will force
Ellas / Ellos / UstedesobligarĂĄnthey will force, you (plural formal) will force
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Obligar in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoobligarĂ­aI would force
TĂșobligarĂ­asyou would force
Ella / Él / Ustedobligarías/he would force, you (formal) would force
Nosotras / NosotrosobligarĂ­amoswe would force
Vosotras / VosotrosobligarĂ­aisyou (plural) would force
Ellas / Ellos / UstedesobligarĂ­anthey would force, you (plural formal) would force
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Obligar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of obligar 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 obligado", meaning "I have forced".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe obligadoI have forced
TĂșhas obligadoyou have forced
Ella / Él / Ustedha obligados/he has forced, you (formal) have forced
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos obligadowe have forced
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis obligadoyou (plural) have forced
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan obligadothey have forced, you (plural formal) have forced
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Obligar in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of obligar is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "habĂ­a obligado", meaning "I had forced".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YohabĂ­a obligadoI had forced
TĂșhabĂ­as obligadoyou had forced
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía obligados/he had forced, you (formal) had forced
Nosotras / NosotroshabĂ­amos obligadowe had forced
Vosotras / VosotroshabĂ­ais obligadoyou (plural) had forced
Ellas / Ellos / UstedeshabĂ­an obligadothey had forced, you (plural formal) had forced
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Obligar in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré obligadoI will have forced
TĂșhabrĂĄs obligadoyou will have forced
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá obligados/he will have forced, you (formal) will have forced
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos obligadowe will have forced
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis obligadoyou (plural) will have forced
Ellas / Ellos / UstedeshabrĂĄn obligadothey will have forced, you (plural formal) will have forced
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Obligar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YohabrĂ­a obligadoI would have forced
TĂșhabrĂ­as obligadoyou would have forced
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría obligados/he would have forced, you (formal) would have forced
Nosotras / NosotroshabrĂ­amos obligadowe would have forced
Vosotras / VosotroshabrĂ­ais obligadoyou (plural) would have forced
Ellas / Ellos / UstedeshabrĂ­an obligadothey would have forced, you (plural formal) would have forced
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Subjunctive Tenses of Obligar

Obligar 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, "obligue", meaning "I force".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoobligue I force
TĂșobligues you force
Ella / Él / Ustedobligue s/he forces, you (formal) forces
Nosotras / Nosotrosobliguemos we force
Vosotras / Vosotrosobliguéis you (plural) force
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobliguen they force, you (plural formal) force

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Obligar 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, "obligara", meaning "I forced".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoobligaraI forced
TĂșobligarasyou forced
Ella / Él / Ustedobligaras/he forced, you (formal) forced
Nosotras / NosotrosobligĂĄramoswe forced
Vosotras / Vosotrosobligaraisyou (plural) forced
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobligaranthey forced, you (plural formal) forced
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Obligar 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, "obligare", meaning "I will force".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoobligareI will force
TĂșobligaresyou will force
Ella / Él / Ustedobligares/he will force, you (formal) will force
Nosotras / NosotrosobligĂĄremoswe will force
Vosotras / Vosotrosobligareisyou (plural) will force
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobligarenthey will force, you (plural formal) will force
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Obligar 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 obligado", meaning "I have forced".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya obligadoI have forced
TĂșhayas obligadoyou have forced
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya obligados/he has forced, you (formal) have forced
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos obligadowe have forced
Vosotras / VosotroshayĂĄis obligadoyou (plural) have forced
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan obligadothey have forced, you (plural formal) have forced
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Obligar 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 obligado", meaning "I had forced".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera obligadoI had forced
TĂșhubieras obligadoyou had forced
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera obligados/he had forced, you (formal) had forced
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos obligadowe had forced
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais obligadoyou (plural) had forced
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran obligadothey had forced, you (plural formal) had forced
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Obligar 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 obligado", meaning "I will have forced".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere obligadoI will have forced
TĂșhubieres obligadoyou will have forced
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere obligados/he will have forced, you (formal) will have forced
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos obligadowe will have forced
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis obligadoyou (plural) will have forced
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren obligadothey will have forced, you (plural formal) will have forced
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Imperative Tenses of Obligar

Obligar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
TĂșobliga(to you) force!
Ella / Él / Ustedobligue (to you formal) force!
Nosotras / Nosotrosobliguemos let's force!
Vosotras / Vosotrosobligad(to you plural) force!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobliguen (to you plural formal) force!

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Obligar in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
TĂșno obligues (to you) don't force!
Ella / Él / Ustedno obligue (to you formal) don't force!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno obliguemos let's not force!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno obliguéis (to you plural) don't force!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno obliguen (to you plural formal) don't force!

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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