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How to conjugate Obtener in Spanish

To get, to obtain Irregular Verb

Introduction

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

Similar verbs to obtener include: coger, conseguir, sacar, traer.

SpanishEnglish
Infinitiveobtenerto get, to obtain
Past participleobtenidogotten
Gerundobteniendogetting
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Indicative Tenses of Obtener

Obtener in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of obtener 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, "obtengo", meaning "I get".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoobtengo I get
Túobtienes you get
Ella / Él / Ustedobtiene s/he gets, you (formal) gets
Nosotras / Nosotrosobtenemoswe get
Vosotras / Vosotrosobtenéisyou (plural) get
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobtienen they get, you (plural formal) get

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Obtener in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoobtuve I got
Túobtuviste you got
Ella / Él / Ustedobtuvo s/he got, you (formal) got
Nosotras / Nosotrosobtuvimos we got
Vosotras / Vosotrosobtuvisteis you (plural) got
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobtuvieron they got, you (plural formal) got

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Obtener in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoobteníaI used to get
Túobteníasyou used to get
Ella / Él / Ustedobtenías/he used to get, you (formal) used to get
Nosotras / Nosotrosobteníamoswe used to get
Vosotras / Vosotrosobteníaisyou (plural) used to get
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobteníanthey used to get, you (plural formal) used to get
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Obtener in the Indicative Present Continuous

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy obteniendoI am getting
Túestás obteniendoyou are getting
Ella / Él / Ustedestá obteniendos/he is getting, you (formal) are getting
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos obteniendowe are getting
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis obteniendoyou (plural) are getting
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán obteniendothey are getting, you (plural formal) are getting
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Obtener in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a obtenerI am going to get
Túvas a obteneryou are going to get
Ella / Él / Ustedva a obteners/he is going to get, you (formal) are going to get
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a obtenerwe are going to get
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a obteneryou (plural) are going to get
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a obtenerthey are going to get, you (plural formal) are going to get
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Obtener in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of obtener is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "obtendré", meaning "I will get".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoobtendré I will get
Túobtendrás you will get
Ella / Él / Ustedobtendrá s/he will get, you (formal) will get
Nosotras / Nosotrosobtendremos we will get
Vosotras / Vosotrosobtendréis you (plural) will get
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobtendrán they will get, you (plural formal) will get

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Obtener in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoobtendría I would get
Túobtendrías you would get
Ella / Él / Ustedobtendría s/he would get, you (formal) would get
Nosotras / Nosotrosobtendríamos we would get
Vosotras / Vosotrosobtendríais you (plural) would get
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobtendrían they would get, you (plural formal) would get

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Obtener in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of obtener 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 obtenido", meaning "I have gotten".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe obtenidoI have gotten
Túhas obtenidoyou have gotten
Ella / Él / Ustedha obtenidos/he has gotten, you (formal) have gotten
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos obtenidowe have gotten
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis obtenidoyou (plural) have gotten
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan obtenidothey have gotten, you (plural formal) have gotten
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Obtener in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía obtenidoI had gotten
Túhabías obtenidoyou had gotten
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía obtenidos/he had gotten, you (formal) had gotten
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos obtenidowe had gotten
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais obtenidoyou (plural) had gotten
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían obtenidothey had gotten, you (plural formal) had gotten
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Obtener in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré obtenidoI will have gotten
Túhabrás obtenidoyou will have gotten
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá obtenidos/he will have gotten, you (formal) will have gotten
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos obtenidowe will have gotten
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis obtenidoyou (plural) will have gotten
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán obtenidothey will have gotten, you (plural formal) will have gotten
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Obtener in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría obtenidoI would have gotten
Túhabrías obtenidoyou would have gotten
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría obtenidos/he would have gotten, you (formal) would have gotten
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos obtenidowe would have gotten
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais obtenidoyou (plural) would have gotten
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían obtenidothey would have gotten, you (plural formal) would have gotten
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Subjunctive Tenses of Obtener

Obtener 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, "obtenga", meaning "I get".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoobtenga I get
Túobtengas you get
Ella / Él / Ustedobtenga s/he gets, you (formal) gets
Nosotras / Nosotrosobtengamos we get
Vosotras / Vosotrosobtengáis you (plural) get
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobtengan they get, you (plural formal) get

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Obtener 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, "obtuviera", meaning "I got".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoobtuviera I got
Túobtuvieras you got
Ella / Él / Ustedobtuviera s/he got, you (formal) got
Nosotras / Nosotrosobtuviéramos we got
Vosotras / Vosotrosobtuvierais you (plural) got
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobtuvieran they got, you (plural formal) got

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Obtener 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, "obtuviere", meaning "I will get".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoobtuviere I will get
Túobtuvieres you will get
Ella / Él / Ustedobtuviere s/he will get, you (formal) will get
Nosotras / Nosotrosobtuviéremos we will get
Vosotras / Vosotrosobtuviereis you (plural) will get
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobtuvieren they will get, you (plural formal) will get

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Obtener 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 obtenido", meaning "I have gotten".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya obtenidoI have gotten
Túhayas obtenidoyou have gotten
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya obtenidos/he has gotten, you (formal) have gotten
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos obtenidowe have gotten
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis obtenidoyou (plural) have gotten
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan obtenidothey have gotten, you (plural formal) have gotten
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Obtener 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 obtenido", meaning "I had gotten".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera obtenidoI had gotten
Túhubieras obtenidoyou had gotten
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera obtenidos/he had gotten, you (formal) had gotten
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos obtenidowe had gotten
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais obtenidoyou (plural) had gotten
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran obtenidothey had gotten, you (plural formal) had gotten
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Obtener 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 obtenido", meaning "I will have gotten".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere obtenidoI will have gotten
Túhubieres obtenidoyou will have gotten
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere obtenidos/he will have gotten, you (formal) will have gotten
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos obtenidowe will have gotten
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis obtenidoyou (plural) will have gotten
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren obtenidothey will have gotten, you (plural formal) will have gotten
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Imperative Tenses of Obtener

Obtener in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túobtén (to you) get!
Ella / Él / Ustedobtenga (to you formal) get!
Nosotras / Nosotrosobtengamos let's get!
Vosotras / Vosotrosobtened(to you plural) get!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesobtengan (to you plural formal) get!

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Obtener in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
Túno obtengas (to you) don't get!
Ella / Él / Ustedno obtenga (to you formal) don't get!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno obtengamos let's not get!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno obtengáis (to you plural) don't get!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno obtengan (to you plural formal) don't get!

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