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How to conjugate Proteger in Spanish

To protect Irregular Verb

Introduction

Proteger is the Spanish verb for "to protect". It is an irregular verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 18 major Spanish tenses!

Similar verbs to proteger include: amparar.

SpanishEnglish
Infinitiveprotegerto protect
Past participleprotegidoprotected
Gerundprotegiendoprotecting
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Indicative Tenses of Proteger

Proteger in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of proteger 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, "protejo", meaning "I protect".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoprotejo I protect
TĂșprotegesyou protect
Ella / Él / Ustedproteges/he protects, you (formal) protects
Nosotras / Nosotrosprotegemoswe protect
Vosotras / Vosotrosprotegéisyou (plural) protect
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesprotegenthey protect, you (plural formal) protect

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Proteger in the Indicative Preterite

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoprotegĂ­I protected
TĂșprotegisteyou protected
Ella / Él / Ustedprotegiós/he protected, you (formal) protected
Nosotras / Nosotrosprotegimoswe protected
Vosotras / Vosotrosprotegisteisyou (plural) protected
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesprotegieronthey protected, you (plural formal) protected
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Proteger in the Indicative Imperfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoprotegĂ­aI used to protect
TĂșprotegĂ­asyou used to protect
Ella / Él / Ustedprotegías/he used to protect, you (formal) used to protect
Nosotras / NosotrosprotegĂ­amoswe used to protect
Vosotras / VosotrosprotegĂ­aisyou (plural) used to protect
Ellas / Ellos / UstedesprotegĂ­anthey used to protect, you (plural formal) used to protect
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Proteger in the Indicative Present Continuous

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy protegiendoI am protecting
TĂșestĂĄs protegiendoyou are protecting
Ella / Él / Ustedestá protegiendos/he is protecting, you (formal) are protecting
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos protegiendowe are protecting
Vosotras / VosotrosestĂĄis protegiendoyou (plural) are protecting
Ellas / Ellos / UstedesestĂĄn protegiendothey are protecting, you (plural formal) are protecting
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Proteger in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a protegerI am going to protect
TĂșvas a protegeryou are going to protect
Ella / Él / Ustedva a protegers/he is going to protect, you (formal) are going to protect
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a protegerwe are going to protect
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a protegeryou (plural) are going to protect
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a protegerthey are going to protect, you (plural formal) are going to protect
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Proteger in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of proteger is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "protegeré", meaning "I will protect".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoprotegeréI will protect
TĂșprotegerĂĄsyou will protect
Ella / Él / Ustedprotegerás/he will protect, you (formal) will protect
Nosotras / Nosotrosprotegeremoswe will protect
Vosotras / Vosotrosprotegeréisyou (plural) will protect
Ellas / Ellos / UstedesprotegerĂĄnthey will protect, you (plural formal) will protect
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Proteger in the Indicative Conditional

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoprotegerĂ­aI would protect
TĂșprotegerĂ­asyou would protect
Ella / Él / Ustedprotegerías/he would protect, you (formal) would protect
Nosotras / NosotrosprotegerĂ­amoswe would protect
Vosotras / VosotrosprotegerĂ­aisyou (plural) would protect
Ellas / Ellos / UstedesprotegerĂ­anthey would protect, you (plural formal) would protect
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Proteger in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of proteger 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 protegido", meaning "I have protected".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe protegidoI have protected
TĂșhas protegidoyou have protected
Ella / Él / Ustedha protegidos/he has protected, you (formal) have protected
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos protegidowe have protected
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis protegidoyou (plural) have protected
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan protegidothey have protected, you (plural formal) have protected
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Proteger in the Indicative Past Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YohabĂ­a protegidoI had protected
TĂșhabĂ­as protegidoyou had protected
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía protegidos/he had protected, you (formal) had protected
Nosotras / NosotroshabĂ­amos protegidowe had protected
Vosotras / VosotroshabĂ­ais protegidoyou (plural) had protected
Ellas / Ellos / UstedeshabĂ­an protegidothey had protected, you (plural formal) had protected
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Proteger in the Indicative Future Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré protegidoI will have protected
TĂșhabrĂĄs protegidoyou will have protected
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá protegidos/he will have protected, you (formal) will have protected
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos protegidowe will have protected
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis protegidoyou (plural) will have protected
Ellas / Ellos / UstedeshabrĂĄn protegidothey will have protected, you (plural formal) will have protected
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Proteger in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YohabrĂ­a protegidoI would have protected
TĂșhabrĂ­as protegidoyou would have protected
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría protegidos/he would have protected, you (formal) would have protected
Nosotras / NosotroshabrĂ­amos protegidowe would have protected
Vosotras / VosotroshabrĂ­ais protegidoyou (plural) would have protected
Ellas / Ellos / UstedeshabrĂ­an protegidothey would have protected, you (plural formal) would have protected
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Subjunctive Tenses of Proteger

Proteger 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, "proteja", meaning "I protect".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoproteja I protect
TĂșprotejas you protect
Ella / Él / Ustedproteja s/he protects, you (formal) protects
Nosotras / Nosotrosprotejamos we protect
Vosotras / VosotrosprotejĂĄis you (plural) protect
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesprotejan they protect, you (plural formal) protect

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Proteger 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, "protegiera", meaning "I protected".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoprotegieraI protected
TĂșprotegierasyou protected
Ella / Él / Ustedprotegieras/he protected, you (formal) protected
Nosotras / Nosotrosprotegiéramoswe protected
Vosotras / Vosotrosprotegieraisyou (plural) protected
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesprotegieranthey protected, you (plural formal) protected
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Proteger 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, "protegiere", meaning "I will protect".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoprotegiereI will protect
TĂșprotegieresyou will protect
Ella / Él / Ustedprotegieres/he will protect, you (formal) will protect
Nosotras / Nosotrosprotegiéremoswe will protect
Vosotras / Vosotrosprotegiereisyou (plural) will protect
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesprotegierenthey will protect, you (plural formal) will protect
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Proteger 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 protegido", meaning "I have protected".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya protegidoI have protected
TĂșhayas protegidoyou have protected
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya protegidos/he has protected, you (formal) have protected
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos protegidowe have protected
Vosotras / VosotroshayĂĄis protegidoyou (plural) have protected
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan protegidothey have protected, you (plural formal) have protected
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Proteger 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 protegido", meaning "I had protected".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera protegidoI had protected
TĂșhubieras protegidoyou had protected
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera protegidos/he had protected, you (formal) had protected
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos protegidowe had protected
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais protegidoyou (plural) had protected
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran protegidothey had protected, you (plural formal) had protected
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Proteger 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 protegido", meaning "I will have protected".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere protegidoI will have protected
TĂșhubieres protegidoyou will have protected
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere protegidos/he will have protected, you (formal) will have protected
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos protegidowe will have protected
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis protegidoyou (plural) will have protected
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren protegidothey will have protected, you (plural formal) will have protected
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Imperative Tenses of Proteger

Proteger in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
TĂșprotege(to you) protect!
Ella / Él / Ustedproteja (to you formal) protect!
Nosotras / Nosotrosprotejamos let's protect!
Vosotras / Vosotrosproteged(to you plural) protect!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesprotejan (to you plural formal) protect!

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Proteger in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
TĂșno protejas (to you) don't protect!
Ella / Él / Ustedno proteja (to you formal) don't protect!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno protejamos let's not protect!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno protejĂĄis (to you plural) don't protect!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno protejan (to you plural formal) don't protect!

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