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How to conjugate Querer in Spanish

To want, to love Irregular Verb

Introduction

Querer is the Spanish verb "to want/ to love". Examples: Quiero comer chocolate (I want to eat chocolate) and te quiero (I love you).

Similar verbs to querer include: ansiar (to long for), desear (to want/ wish), apetecer (to feel like) .

SpanishEnglish
Infinitivequererto want, to love
Past participlequeridowanted
Gerundqueriendowanting
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Indicative Tenses of Querer

Querer in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of querer 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, "quiero un cachorro", meaning "I want a puppy".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoquiero I want
quieres you want
Ella / Él / Ustedquiere s/he want, you (formal) want
Nosotras / Nosotrosqueremoswe want
Vosotras / Vosotrosqueréisyou (plural) want
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesquieren they want, you (plural formal) want

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Querer in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of querer is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "quise un cachorro", meaning "I wanted a puppy".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoquise I wanted
quisiste you wanted
Ella / Él / Ustedquiso s/he wanted, you (formal) wanted
Nosotras / Nosotrosquisimos we wanted
Vosotras / Vosotrosquisisteis you (plural) wanted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesquisieron they wanted, you (plural formal) wanted

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Querer in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of querer is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "quería un cachorro", meaning "I used to want a puppy".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoqueríaI used to want
queríasyou used to want
Ella / Él / Ustedquerías/he used to want, you (formal) used to want
Nosotras / Nosotrosqueríamoswe used to want
Vosotras / Vosotrosqueríaisyou (plural) used to want
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesqueríanthey used to want, you (plural formal) used to want
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Querer in the Indicative Present Continuous

The Indicative Present Continuous of querer is used to talk about something that is happening continuously or right now. For example, "estoy queriendo un cachorro", meaning "I am wanting a puppy".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoestoy queriendoI am wanting
estás queriendoyou are wanting
Ella / Él / Ustedestá queriendos/he is wanting, you (formal) are wanting
Nosotras / Nosotrosestamos queriendowe are wanting
Vosotras / Vosotrosestáis queriendoyou (plural) are wanting
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesestán queriendothey are wanting, you (plural formal) are wanting
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Querer in the Indicative Informal Future

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yovoy a quererI am going to want
vas a quereryou are going to want
Ella / Él / Ustedva a querers/he is going to want, you (formal) are going to want
Nosotras / Nosotrosvamos a quererwe are going to want
Vosotras / Vosotrosvais a quereryou (plural) are going to want
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesvan a quererthey are going to want, you (plural formal) are going to want
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Querer in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of querer is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "querré un cachorro", meaning "I will want a puppy".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoquerré I will want
querrás you will want
Ella / Él / Ustedquerrá s/he will want, you (formal) will want
Nosotras / Nosotrosquerremos we will want
Vosotras / Vosotrosquerréis you (plural) will want
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesquerrán they will want, you (plural formal) will want

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Querer in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of querer is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "querría un cachorro", meaning "I would want a puppy".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoquerría I would want
querrías you would want
Ella / Él / Ustedquerría s/he would want, you (formal) would want
Nosotras / Nosotrosquerríamos we would want
Vosotras / Vosotrosquerríais you (plural) would want
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesquerrían they would want, you (plural formal) would want

The red dot () above denotes an irregular conjugation.

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Querer in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of querer 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 querido un cachorro", meaning "I have wanted a puppy".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe queridoI have wanted
has queridoyou have wanted
Ella / Él / Ustedha queridos/he has wanted, you (formal) have wanted
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos queridowe have wanted
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis queridoyou (plural) have wanted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan queridothey have wanted, you (plural formal) have wanted
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Querer in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of querer is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había querido un cachorro", meaning "I had wanted a puppy".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía queridoI had wanted
habías queridoyou had wanted
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía queridos/he had wanted, you (formal) had wanted
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos queridowe had wanted
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais queridoyou (plural) had wanted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían queridothey had wanted, you (plural formal) had wanted
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Querer in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of querer is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré querido un cachorro", meaning "I will have wanted a puppy".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré queridoI will have wanted
habrás queridoyou will have wanted
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá queridos/he will have wanted, you (formal) will have wanted
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos queridowe will have wanted
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis queridoyou (plural) will have wanted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán queridothey will have wanted, you (plural formal) will have wanted
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Querer in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of querer is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría querido un cachorro", meaning "I would have wanted a puppy".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría queridoI would have wanted
habrías queridoyou would have wanted
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría queridos/he would have wanted, you (formal) would have wanted
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos queridowe would have wanted
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais queridoyou (plural) would have wanted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían queridothey would have wanted, you (plural formal) would have wanted
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Subjunctive Tenses of Querer

Querer 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, "quiera", meaning "I want".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoquiera I want
quieras you want
Ella / Él / Ustedquiera s/he want, you (formal) want
Nosotras / Nosotrosqueramoswe want
Vosotras / Vosotrosqueráisyou (plural) want
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesquieran they want, you (plural formal) want

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Querer 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, "quisiera", meaning "I wanted".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoquisiera I wanted
quisieras you wanted
Ella / Él / Ustedquisiera s/he wanted, you (formal) wanted
Nosotras / Nosotrosquisiéramos we wanted
Vosotras / Vosotrosquisierais you (plural) wanted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesquisieran they wanted, you (plural formal) wanted

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Querer 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, "quisiere", meaning "I will want".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yoquisiere I will want
quisieres you will want
Ella / Él / Ustedquisiere s/he will want, you (formal) will want
Nosotras / Nosotrosquisiéremos we will want
Vosotras / Vosotrosquisiereis you (plural) will want
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesquisieren they will want, you (plural formal) will want

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Querer 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 querido", meaning "I have wanted".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya queridoI have wanted
hayas queridoyou have wanted
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya queridos/he has wanted, you (formal) have wanted
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos queridowe have wanted
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis queridoyou (plural) have wanted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan queridothey have wanted, you (plural formal) have wanted
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Querer 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 querido", meaning "I had wanted".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera queridoI had wanted
hubieras queridoyou had wanted
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera queridos/he had wanted, you (formal) had wanted
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos queridowe had wanted
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais queridoyou (plural) had wanted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran queridothey had wanted, you (plural formal) had wanted
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Querer 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 querido", meaning "I will have wanted".

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere queridoI will have wanted
hubieres queridoyou will have wanted
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere queridos/he will have wanted, you (formal) will have wanted
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos queridowe will have wanted
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis queridoyou (plural) will have wanted
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren queridothey will have wanted, you (plural formal) will have wanted
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Imperative Tenses of Querer

Querer in the Imperative Affirmative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
quiere (to you) want!
Ella / Él / Ustedquiera (to you formal) want!
Nosotras / Nosotrosqueramoslet's want!
Vosotras / Vosotrosquered(to you plural) want!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesquieran (to you plural formal) want!

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Querer in the Imperative Negative

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

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no quieras (to you) don't want!
Ella / Él / Ustedno quiera (to you formal) don't want!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno queramoslet's not want!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno queráis(to you plural) don't want!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno quieran (to you plural formal) don't want!

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Example sentences and usage

  • Eso es porque no quieres estar solo. It's because you don't want to be alone.
  • ¿Quieres decir que ocultas intencionalmente tu belleza? You are saying you intentionally hide your good looks?
  • Yo sólo quería revisar mis correos electrónicos. I just wanted to check my email.
  • ¿Quién quiere chocolate caliente? Who wants some hot chocolate?
  • ¡No quiero pedir tu mano! I don't want to propose to you!
  • Quiero un masaje. Necesito relajarme. I want a massage. I need to relax.
  • Quisiera pilas para este aparato. I would like batteries for this device.
  • Quiero que me digas la verdad. I want you to tell me the truth.
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