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How to conjugate Parecer in Spanish

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Introduction

Parecer is the Spanish verb meaning "to seem/ to appear/ to look like". For example: "Pareces cansado. ¿Estás bien? (You look tired. Are you ok?). Parecer can also be used to describe a physical similarity to something or someone, for example: "Mi gato parece un león", or used to give an opinion about something "Me parece que..." (I think that...)

Similar verbs to parecer include: aparecer.

ItemSpanishEnglish
Infinitiveparecerto seem, to appear, to look like
Past participleparecidoseemed
Gerundpareciendoseeming

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Indicative Tenses of Parecer

Parecer in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of parecer 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, "parezco", meaning "I seem".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoparezco I seem
parecesyou seem
Ella / Él / Ustedpareces/he seems, you (formal) seem
Nosotras / Nosotrosparecemoswe seem
Vosotras / Vosotrosparecéisyou (plural) seem
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesparecenthey seem, you (plural formal) seem

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Parecer in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoparecíI seemed
parecisteyou seemed
Ella / Él / Ustedpareciós/he seemed, you (formal) seemed
Nosotras / Nosotrosparecimoswe seemed
Vosotras / Vosotrosparecisteisyou (plural) seemed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesparecieronthey seemed, you (plural formal) seemed

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Parecer in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoparecíaI used to seem
parecíasyou used to seem
Ella / Él / Ustedparecías/he used to seem, you (formal) used to seem
Nosotras / Nosotrosparecíamoswe used to seem
Vosotras / Vosotrosparecíaisyou (plural) used to seem
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesparecíanthey used to seem, you (plural formal) used to seem

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Parecer in the Indicative Present Continuous

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy pareciendoI am seeming
estás pareciendoyou are seeming
Ella / Él / Ustedestá pareciendos/he is seeming, you (formal) are seeming
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos pareciendowe are seeming
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis pareciendoyou (plural) are seeming
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán pareciendothey are seeming, you (plural formal) are seeming

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Parecer in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a parecerI am going to seem
vas a pareceryou are going to seem
Ella / Él / Ustedva a parecers/he is going to seem, you (formal) are going to seem
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a parecerwe are going to seem
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a pareceryou (plural) are going to seem
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a parecerthey are going to seem, you (plural formal) are going to seem

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Parecer in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of parecer is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "pareceré", meaning "I will seem".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopareceréI will seem
parecerásyou will seem
Ella / Él / Ustedparecerás/he will seem, you (formal) will seem
Nosotras / Nosotrospareceremoswe will seem
Vosotras / Vosotrospareceréisyou (plural) will seem
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespareceránthey will seem, you (plural formal) will seem

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Parecer in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopareceríaI would seem
pareceríasyou would seem
Ella / Él / Ustedparecerías/he would seem, you (formal) would seem
Nosotras / Nosotrospareceríamoswe would seem
Vosotras / Vosotrospareceríaisyou (plural) would seem
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespareceríanthey would seem, you (plural formal) would seem

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Parecer in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of parecer 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 parecido", meaning "I have seemed".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe parecidoI have seemed
has parecidoyou have seemed
Ella / Él / Ustedha parecidos/he has seemed, you (formal) have seemed
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos parecidowe have seemed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis parecidoyou (plural) have seemed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan parecidothey have seemed, you (plural formal) have seemed

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Parecer in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía parecidoI had seemed
habías parecidoyou had seemed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía parecidos/he had seemed, you (formal) had seemed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos parecidowe had seemed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais parecidoyou (plural) had seemed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían parecidothey had seemed, you (plural formal) had seemed

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Parecer in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré parecidoI will have seemed
habrás parecidoyou will have seemed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá parecidos/he will have seemed, you (formal) will have seemed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos parecidowe will have seemed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis parecidoyou (plural) will have seemed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán parecidothey will have seemed, you (plural formal) will have seemed

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Parecer in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría parecidoI would have seemed
habrías parecidoyou would have seemed
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría parecidos/he would have seemed, you (formal) would have seemed
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos parecidowe would have seemed
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais parecidoyou (plural) would have seemed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían parecidothey would have seemed, you (plural formal) would have seemed

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Subjunctive Tenses of Parecer

Parecer 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, "parezca", meaning "I seem".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoparezca I seem
parezcas you seem
Ella / Él / Ustedparezca s/he seems, you (formal) seem
Nosotras / Nosotrosparezcamos we seem
Vosotras / Vosotrosparezcáis you (plural) seem
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesparezcan they seem, you (plural formal) seem

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Parecer 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, "pareciera", meaning "I seemed".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoparecieraI seemed
parecierasyou seemed
Ella / Él / Ustedparecieras/he seemed, you (formal) seemed
Nosotras / Nosotrospareciéramoswe seemed
Vosotras / Vosotrosparecieraisyou (plural) seemed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesparecieranthey seemed, you (plural formal) seemed

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Parecer 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, "pareciere", meaning "I will seem".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopareciereI will seem
parecieresyou will seem
Ella / Él / Ustedparecieres/he will seem, you (formal) will seem
Nosotras / Nosotrospareciéremoswe will seem
Vosotras / Vosotrospareciereisyou (plural) will seem
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesparecierenthey will seem, you (plural formal) will seem

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Parecer 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 parecido", meaning "I have seemed".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya parecidoI have seemed
hayas parecidoyou have seemed
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya parecidos/he has seemed, you (formal) have seemed
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos parecidowe have seemed
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis parecidoyou (plural) have seemed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan parecidothey have seemed, you (plural formal) have seemed

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Parecer 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 parecido", meaning "I had seemed".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera parecidoI had seemed
hubieras parecidoyou had seemed
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera parecidos/he had seemed, you (formal) had seemed
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos parecidowe had seemed
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais parecidoyou (plural) had seemed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran parecidothey had seemed, you (plural formal) had seemed

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Parecer 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 parecido", meaning "I will have seemed".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere parecidoI will have seemed
hubieres parecidoyou will have seemed
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere parecidos/he will have seemed, you (formal) will have seemed
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos parecidowe will have seemed
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis parecidoyou (plural) will have seemed
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren parecidothey will have seemed, you (plural formal) will have seemed

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Imperative Tenses of Parecer

Parecer in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
parece(to you) seem!
Ella / Él / Ustedparezca (to you formal) seem!
Nosotras / Nosotrosparezcamos let's seem!
Vosotras / Vosotrospareced(to you plural) seem!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesparezcan (to you plural formal) seem!

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Parecer in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no parezcas (to you) don't seem!
Ella / Él / Ustedno parezca (to you formal) don't seem!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno parezcamos let's not seem!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno parezcáis (to you plural) don't seem!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno parezcan (to you plural formal) don't seem!

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Example sentences and usage

  • —Esto parece muy interesante —dice Hiroshi. "This looks pretty interesting," Hiroshi says.
  • Pareces tener prejuicios contra las ideas que provienen de otros países. You seem to be prejudiced against ideas that come from foreign countries.
  • Tu reloj se parece al mío en la forma y el color. Your watch is similar to mine in shape and color.
  • Me parece que estás en lo correcto. It appears to me that you are right.
  • Lo que a ti te parece simple, a mí me parece complicado. What seems simple to you seems complex to me.
  • Los zapatos que estás usando parecen algo costosos. The shoes you are wearing look rather expensive.
  • Por el aspecto del cielo, parece que va a llover. Judging from the look of the sky, it is likely to rain.
  • Parece que no queda dinero. It seems like there's no money left.

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