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How to conjugate Pagar in Spanish

To pay (for) Irregular Verb

Introduction

Pagar is the Spanish verb for "to pay (for)". It is an irregular verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivepagarto pay (for)
Past participlepagadopaid
Gerundpagandopaying
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Indicative Tenses of Pagar

Pagar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of pagar 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, "pago por la comida", meaning "I pay for the meal".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopagoI pay
pagasyou pay
Ella / Él / Ustedpagas/he pay, you (formal) pay
Nosotras / Nosotrospagamoswe pay
Vosotras / Vosotrospagáisyou (plural) pay
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespaganthey pay, you (plural formal) pay
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Pagar in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of pagar is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "pagué por la comida", meaning "I paid for the meal".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yopagué I paid
pagasteyou paid
Ella / Él / Ustedpagós/he paid, you (formal) paid
Nosotras / Nosotrospagamoswe paid
Vosotras / Vosotrospagasteisyou (plural) paid
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespagaronthey paid, you (plural formal) paid

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Pagar in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of pagar is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "pagaba por la comida", meaning "I used to pay for the meal".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopagabaI used to pay
pagabasyou used to pay
Ella / Él / Ustedpagabas/he used to pay, you (formal) used to pay
Nosotras / Nosotrospagábamoswe used to pay
Vosotras / Vosotrospagabaisyou (plural) used to pay
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespagabanthey used to pay, you (plural formal) used to pay
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Pagar in the Indicative Present Continuous

The Indicative Present Continuous of pagar is used to talk about something that is happening continuosly or right now. For example, "estoy pagando por la comida", meaning "I am paying for the meal".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy pagandoI am paying
estás pagandoyou are paying
Ella / Él / Ustedestá pagandos/he is paying, you (formal) are paying
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos pagandowe are paying
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis pagandoyou (plural) are paying
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán pagandothey are paying, you (plural formal) are paying
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Pagar in the Indicative Informal Future

The Indicative Informal Future of pagar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future, especially in the near future. For example, "voy a pagar por la comida", meaning "I am going to pay for the meal".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a pagarI am going to pay
vas a pagaryou are going to pay
Ella / Él / Ustedva a pagars/he is going to pay, you (formal) are going to pay
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a pagarwe are going to pay
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a pagaryou (plural) are going to pay
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a pagarthey are going to pay, you (plural formal) are going to pay
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Pagar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of pagar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "pagaré por la comida", meaning "I will pay for the meal".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopagaréI will pay
pagarásyou will pay
Ella / Él / Ustedpagarás/he will pay, you (formal) will pay
Nosotras / Nosotrospagaremoswe will pay
Vosotras / Vosotrospagaréisyou (plural) will pay
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespagaránthey will pay, you (plural formal) will pay
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Pagar in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of pagar is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "pagaría por la comida", meaning "I would pay for the meal".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopagaríaI would pay
pagaríasyou would pay
Ella / Él / Ustedpagarías/he would pay, you (formal) would pay
Nosotras / Nosotrospagaríamoswe would pay
Vosotras / Vosotrospagaríaisyou (plural) would pay
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespagaríanthey would pay, you (plural formal) would pay
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Pagar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of pagar 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 pagado por la comida", meaning "I have paid for the meal".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe pagadoI have paid
has pagadoyou have paid
Ella / Él / Ustedha pagados/he has paid, you (formal) have paid
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos pagadowe have paid
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis pagadoyou (plural) have paid
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan pagadothey have paid, you (plural formal) have paid
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Pagar in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of pagar is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había pagado por la comida", meaning "I had paid for the meal".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía pagadoI had paid
habías pagadoyou had paid
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía pagados/he had paid, you (formal) had paid
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos pagadowe had paid
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais pagadoyou (plural) had paid
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían pagadothey had paid, you (plural formal) had paid
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Pagar in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of pagar is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré pagado por la comida", meaning "I will have paid for the meal".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré pagadoI will have paid
habrás pagadoyou will have paid
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá pagados/he will have paid, you (formal) will have paid
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos pagadowe will have paid
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis pagadoyou (plural) will have paid
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán pagadothey will have paid, you (plural formal) will have paid
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Pagar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of pagar is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría pagado por la comida", meaning "I would have paid for the meal".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría pagadoI would have paid
habrías pagadoyou would have paid
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría pagados/he would have paid, you (formal) would have paid
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos pagadowe would have paid
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais pagadoyou (plural) would have paid
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían pagadothey would have paid, you (plural formal) would have paid
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Subjunctive Tenses of Pagar

Pagar 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, "pague", meaning "I pay".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yopague I pay
pagues you pay
Ella / Él / Ustedpague s/he pay, you (formal) pay
Nosotras / Nosotrospaguemos we pay
Vosotras / Vosotrospaguéis you (plural) pay
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespaguen they pay, you (plural formal) pay

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Pagar 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, "pagara", meaning "I paid".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopagaraI paid
pagarasyou paid
Ella / Él / Ustedpagaras/he paid, you (formal) paid
Nosotras / Nosotrospagáramoswe paid
Vosotras / Vosotrospagaraisyou (plural) paid
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespagaranthey paid, you (plural formal) paid
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Pagar 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, "pagare", meaning "I will pay".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopagareI will pay
pagaresyou will pay
Ella / Él / Ustedpagares/he will pay, you (formal) will pay
Nosotras / Nosotrospagáremoswe will pay
Vosotras / Vosotrospagareisyou (plural) will pay
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespagarenthey will pay, you (plural formal) will pay
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Pagar 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 pagado", meaning "I have paid".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya pagadoI have paid
hayas pagadoyou have paid
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya pagados/he has paid, you (formal) have paid
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos pagadowe have paid
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis pagadoyou (plural) have paid
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan pagadothey have paid, you (plural formal) have paid
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Pagar 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 pagado", meaning "I had paid".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera pagadoI had paid
hubieras pagadoyou had paid
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera pagados/he had paid, you (formal) had paid
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos pagadowe had paid
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais pagadoyou (plural) had paid
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran pagadothey had paid, you (plural formal) had paid
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Pagar 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 pagado", meaning "I will have paid".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere pagadoI will have paid
hubieres pagadoyou will have paid
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere pagados/he will have paid, you (formal) will have paid
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos pagadowe will have paid
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis pagadoyou (plural) will have paid
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren pagadothey will have paid, you (plural formal) will have paid
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Imperative Tenses of Pagar

Pagar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
paga(to you) pay!
Ella / Él / Ustedpague (to you formal) pay!
Nosotras / Nosotrospaguemos let's pay!
Vosotras / Vosotrospagad(to you plural) pay!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespaguen (to you plural formal) pay!

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Pagar in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no pagues (to you) don't pay!
Ella / Él / Ustedno pague (to you formal) don't pay!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno paguemos let's not pay!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno paguéis (to you plural) don't pay!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno paguen (to you plural formal) don't pay!

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Example sentences and usage

  • ¡Deja ya de pedirme bebidas! ¿Por qué no te las pagas tú? Stop asking me for a drink! Go get it yourself.
  • La vida comienza cuando uno paga impuestos. Life begins when you pay taxes.
  • Se te pagará según la cantidad de trabajo que realices. You'll be paid according to the amount of work you do.
  • Te pagaremos según la cantidad de trabajo que hagas. We will pay you according to the amount of work you do.
  • Has actuado como un idiota y pagarás las consecuencias. You've acted foolishly and you will pay for it.
  • Lo haré si me pagas. I will do it on condition that I am paid.
  • Se te pagará según tu habilidad. You will be paid according to your ability.
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