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How to conjugate Preguntar in Spanish

To ask, to question Regular AR Verb

Introduction

Preguntar is the Spanish verb for "to ask, to question". It is a regular AR verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

Similar verbs to preguntar include: cuestionar.

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivepreguntarto ask, to question
Past participlepreguntadoasked
Gerundpreguntandoasking
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Indicative Tenses of Preguntar

Preguntar in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of preguntar 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, "pregunto", meaning "I ask".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopreguntoI ask
TĂşpreguntasyou ask
Ella / Él / Ustedpreguntas/he ask, you (formal) ask
Nosotras / Nosotrospreguntamoswe ask
Vosotras / Vosotrospreguntáisyou (plural) ask
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespreguntanthey ask, you (plural formal) ask
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Preguntar in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopreguntéI asked
TĂşpreguntasteyou asked
Ella / Él / Ustedpreguntós/he asked, you (formal) asked
Nosotras / Nosotrospreguntamoswe asked
Vosotras / Vosotrospreguntasteisyou (plural) asked
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespreguntaronthey asked, you (plural formal) asked
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Preguntar in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopreguntabaI used to ask
TĂşpreguntabasyou used to ask
Ella / Él / Ustedpreguntabas/he used to ask, you (formal) used to ask
Nosotras / Nosotrospreguntábamoswe used to ask
Vosotras / Vosotrospreguntabaisyou (plural) used to ask
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespreguntabanthey used to ask, you (plural formal) used to ask
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Preguntar in the Indicative Present Continuous

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy preguntandoI am asking
Túestás preguntandoyou are asking
Ella / Él / Ustedestá preguntandos/he is asking, you (formal) are asking
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos preguntandowe are asking
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis preguntandoyou (plural) are asking
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán preguntandothey are asking, you (plural formal) are asking
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Preguntar in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a preguntarI am going to ask
TĂşvas a preguntaryou are going to ask
Ella / Él / Ustedva a preguntars/he is going to ask, you (formal) are going to ask
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a preguntarwe are going to ask
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a preguntaryou (plural) are going to ask
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a preguntarthey are going to ask, you (plural formal) are going to ask
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Preguntar in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of preguntar is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "preguntaré", meaning "I will ask".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopreguntaréI will ask
Túpreguntarásyou will ask
Ella / Él / Ustedpreguntarás/he will ask, you (formal) will ask
Nosotras / Nosotrospreguntaremoswe will ask
Vosotras / Vosotrospreguntaréisyou (plural) will ask
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespreguntaránthey will ask, you (plural formal) will ask
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Preguntar in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopreguntarĂ­aI would ask
TĂşpreguntarĂ­asyou would ask
Ella / Él / Ustedpreguntarías/he would ask, you (formal) would ask
Nosotras / NosotrospreguntarĂ­amoswe would ask
Vosotras / VosotrospreguntarĂ­aisyou (plural) would ask
Ellas / Ellos / UstedespreguntarĂ­anthey would ask, you (plural formal) would ask
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Preguntar in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of preguntar 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 preguntado", meaning "I have asked".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe preguntadoI have asked
TĂşhas preguntadoyou have asked
Ella / Él / Ustedha preguntados/he has asked, you (formal) have asked
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos preguntadowe have asked
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis preguntadoyou (plural) have asked
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan preguntadothey have asked, you (plural formal) have asked
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Preguntar in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YohabĂ­a preguntadoI had asked
TĂşhabĂ­as preguntadoyou had asked
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía preguntados/he had asked, you (formal) had asked
Nosotras / NosotroshabĂ­amos preguntadowe had asked
Vosotras / VosotroshabĂ­ais preguntadoyou (plural) had asked
Ellas / Ellos / UstedeshabĂ­an preguntadothey had asked, you (plural formal) had asked
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Preguntar in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré preguntadoI will have asked
Túhabrás preguntadoyou will have asked
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá preguntados/he will have asked, you (formal) will have asked
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos preguntadowe will have asked
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis preguntadoyou (plural) will have asked
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán preguntadothey will have asked, you (plural formal) will have asked
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Preguntar in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YohabrĂ­a preguntadoI would have asked
TĂşhabrĂ­as preguntadoyou would have asked
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría preguntados/he would have asked, you (formal) would have asked
Nosotras / NosotroshabrĂ­amos preguntadowe would have asked
Vosotras / VosotroshabrĂ­ais preguntadoyou (plural) would have asked
Ellas / Ellos / UstedeshabrĂ­an preguntadothey would have asked, you (plural formal) would have asked
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Subjunctive Tenses of Preguntar

Preguntar 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, "pregunte", meaning "I ask".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopregunteI ask
TĂşpreguntesyou ask
Ella / Él / Ustedpreguntes/he ask, you (formal) ask
Nosotras / Nosotrospreguntemoswe ask
Vosotras / Vosotrospreguntéisyou (plural) ask
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespreguntenthey ask, you (plural formal) ask
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Preguntar 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, "preguntara", meaning "I asked".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopreguntaraI asked
TĂşpreguntarasyou asked
Ella / Él / Ustedpreguntaras/he asked, you (formal) asked
Nosotras / Nosotrospreguntáramoswe asked
Vosotras / Vosotrospreguntaraisyou (plural) asked
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespreguntaranthey asked, you (plural formal) asked
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Preguntar 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, "preguntare", meaning "I will ask".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YopreguntareI will ask
TĂşpreguntaresyou will ask
Ella / Él / Ustedpreguntares/he will ask, you (formal) will ask
Nosotras / Nosotrospreguntáremoswe will ask
Vosotras / Vosotrospreguntareisyou (plural) will ask
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespreguntarenthey will ask, you (plural formal) will ask
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Preguntar 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 preguntado", meaning "I have asked".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya preguntadoI have asked
TĂşhayas preguntadoyou have asked
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya preguntados/he has asked, you (formal) have asked
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos preguntadowe have asked
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis preguntadoyou (plural) have asked
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan preguntadothey have asked, you (plural formal) have asked
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Preguntar 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 preguntado", meaning "I had asked".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera preguntadoI had asked
TĂşhubieras preguntadoyou had asked
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera preguntados/he had asked, you (formal) had asked
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos preguntadowe had asked
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais preguntadoyou (plural) had asked
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran preguntadothey had asked, you (plural formal) had asked
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Preguntar 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 preguntado", meaning "I will have asked".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere preguntadoI will have asked
TĂşhubieres preguntadoyou will have asked
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere preguntados/he will have asked, you (formal) will have asked
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos preguntadowe will have asked
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis preguntadoyou (plural) will have asked
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren preguntadothey will have asked, you (plural formal) will have asked
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Imperative Tenses of Preguntar

Preguntar in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
TĂşpregunta(to you) ask!
Ella / Él / Ustedpregunte(to you formal) ask!
Nosotras / Nosotrospreguntemoslet's ask!
Vosotras / Vosotrospreguntad(to you plural) ask!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedespregunten(to you plural formal) ask!
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Preguntar in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
TĂşno preguntes(to you) don't ask!
Ella / Él / Ustedno pregunte(to you formal) don't ask!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno preguntemoslet's not ask!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno preguntéis(to you plural) don't ask!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno pregunten(to you plural formal) don't ask!
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Example sentences and usage

  • ÂżPor quĂ© lo preguntas? Why do you ask?
  • "ÂżNo nos hemos encontrado antes?", preguntĂł el estudiante. "Haven't we met somewhere before?" asked the student.
  • No preguntĂ©is lo que piensan. Preguntad lo que hacen. Don't ask what they think. Ask what they do.
  • Me pregunto si yo fui hecho para este mundo. I wonder if I am made for this world.
  • Nos preguntamos por quĂ©. We wonder why.
  • Él me preguntĂł si sabĂ­a hablar inglĂ©s. He asked me if I could speak English.
  • Tu pregunta no está relacionada con el tema bajo discusiĂłn. Your question does not bear on the subject under discussion.
  • Para mi sorpresa, ella no pudo contestar a la pregunta. To my surprise, she could not answer the question.
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