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How to conjugate Poner in Spanish

To put, to place Irregular

Introduction

Poner is the Spanish verb meaning "to put or to place". It can be used literally and figeratively, for example: "I put cheese on the pizza" and "he put me in a difficult position". It can be used when talking about turning on the television, the lights, or the heating, as well as to talk about putting on clothes, for example: "Hoy me pongo un vestido" (Today I put on a dress).

Similar verbs to poner include: colocar (to place), depositar (to deposit / place).

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitiveponerto put, to place
Past participlepuestoput
Gerundponiendoputting

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Indicative Tenses of Poner

Poner in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of poner 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, "pongo las verduras en la nevera", meaning "I put the vegetables in the fridge".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopongoI put
ponesyou put
Ella / Él / Ustedpones/he put, you (formal) put
Nosotras / Nosotrosponemoswe put
Vosotras / Vosotrosponéisyou (plural) put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesponenthey put, you (plural formal) put
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Poner in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of poner is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "puse las verduras en la nevera", meaning "I put the vegetables in the fridge".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopuseI put
pusisteyou put
Ella / Él / Ustedpusos/he put, you (formal) put
Nosotras / Nosotrospusimoswe put
Vosotras / Vosotrospusisteisyou (plural) put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespusieronthey put, you (plural formal) put
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Poner in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of poner is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "ponía las verduras en la nevera", meaning "I used to put the vegetables in the fridge".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoponíaI used to put
poníasyou used to put
Ella / Él / Ustedponías/he used to put, you (formal) used to put
Nosotras / Nosotrosponíamoswe used to put
Vosotras / Vosotrosponíaisyou (plural) used to put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesponíanthey used to put, you (plural formal) used to put
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Poner in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of poner is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "pondré las verduras en la nevera", meaning "I will put the vegetables in the fridge".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopondréI will put
pondrásyou will put
Ella / Él / Ustedpondrás/he will put, you (formal) will put
Nosotras / Nosotrospondremoswe will put
Vosotras / Vosotrospondréisyou (plural) will put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespondránthey will put, you (plural formal) will put
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Poner in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of poner is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "pondría las verduras en la nevera", meaning "I would put the vegetables in the fridge".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopondríaI would put
pondríasyou would put
Ella / Él / Ustedpondrías/he would put, you (formal) would put
Nosotras / Nosotrospondríamoswe would put
Vosotras / Vosotrospondríaisyou (plural) would put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespondríanthey would put, you (plural formal) would put
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Poner in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of poner 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 puesto las verduras en la nevera", meaning "I have put the vegetables in the fridge".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe puestoI have put
has puestoyou have put
Ella / Él / Ustedha puestos/he has put, you (formal) have put
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos puestowe have put
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis puestoyou (plural) have put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan puestothey have put, you (plural formal) have put
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Poner in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of poner is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había puesto las verduras en la nevera", meaning "I had put the vegetables in the fridge".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía puestoI had put
habías puestoyou had put
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía puestos/he had put, you (formal) had put
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos puestowe had put
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais puestoyou (plural) had put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían puestothey had put, you (plural formal) had put
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Poner in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of poner is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré puesto las verduras en la nevera", meaning "I will have put the vegetables in the fridge".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré puestoI will have put
habrás puestoyou will have put
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá puestos/he will have put, you (formal) will have put
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos puestowe will have put
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis puestoyou (plural) will have put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán puestothey will have put, you (plural formal) will have put
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Poner in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of poner is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría puesto las verduras en la nevera", meaning "I would have put the vegetables in the fridge".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría puestoI would have put
habrías puestoyou would have put
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría puestos/he would have put, you (formal) would have put
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos puestowe would have put
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais puestoyou (plural) would have put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían puestothey would have put, you (plural formal) would have put
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Subjunctive Tenses of Poner

Poner 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, "ponga", meaning "I put".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopongaI put
pongasyou put
Ella / Él / Ustedpongas/he put, you (formal) put
Nosotras / Nosotrospongamoswe put
Vosotras / Vosotrospongáisyou (plural) put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesponganthey put, you (plural formal) put
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Poner 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, "pusiera", meaning "I put".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopusieraI put
pusierasyou put
Ella / Él / Ustedpusieras/he put, you (formal) put
Nosotras / Nosotrospusiéramoswe put
Vosotras / Vosotrospusieraisyou (plural) put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespusieranthey put, you (plural formal) put
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Poner in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "pusiere", meaning "I will put".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopusiereI will put
pusieresyou will put
Ella / Él / Ustedpusieres/he will put, you (formal) will put
Nosotras / Nosotrospusiéremoswe will put
Vosotras / Vosotrospusiereisyou (plural) will put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespusierenthey will put, you (plural formal) will put
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Poner 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 puesto", meaning "I have put".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya puestoI have put
hayas puestoyou have put
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya puestos/he has put, you (formal) have put
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos puestowe have put
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis puestoyou (plural) have put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan puestothey have put, you (plural formal) have put
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Poner 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 puesto", meaning "I had put".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera puestoI had put
hubieras puestoyou had put
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera puestos/he had put, you (formal) had put
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos puestowe had put
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais puestoyou (plural) had put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran puestothey had put, you (plural formal) had put
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Poner in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere puestoI will have put
hubieres puestoyou will have put
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere puestos/he will have put, you (formal) will have put
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos puestowe will have put
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis puestoyou (plural) will have put
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren puestothey will have put, you (plural formal) will have put
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Imperative Tenses of Poner

Poner in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
pon(to you) put!
Ella / Él / Ustedponga(to you formal) put!
Nosotras / Nosotrospongamos(to we) put!
Vosotras / Vosotrosponed(to you plural) put!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespongan(to you plural formal) put!
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Poner in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no pongas(to you) don't put!
Ella / Él / Ustedno ponga(to you formal) don't put!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno pongamos(to we) don't put!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno pongáis(to you plural) don't put!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno pongan(to you plural formal) don't put!
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Example sentences and usage

  • Sería mejor que te pusieras un impermeable. You had better put on a raincoat.
  • Pon el mazo de cartas sobre la mesa de roble. Place the deck of cards on the oaken table.
  • Es un lío total y me pone de los nervios. It's a complete mess, and it's getting on my nerves.
  • Sería mejor que te pusieras un impermeable. You had better put on a raincoat.
  • Cuando tu negocio se ponga a andar, ahí hablaremos de un aumento. When your business gets rolling we'll talk about an increase.
  • Espero que pronto te pongas bien. I hope that you will get well soon.
  • El cielo se puso cada vez más oscuro. The sky became darker and darker.
  • Me puse muy contento de ver a mi viejo amigo. Meeting my old friend was very pleasant.
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