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How to conjugate Recibir in Spanish

To receive

Introduction

Recibir is the Spanish verb for to receive. It is a regular IR verb. Read on below to see how it is conjugated in the 16 major Spanish tenses!

SpanishSpanishEnglish
Infinitiverecibirto receive
Past participlerecibidoreceived
Gerundrecibiendoreceiving

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Indicative Tenses of Recibir

Recibir in the Indicative Present

The Indicative Present of recibir 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, "recibo un regalo", meaning "I receive a present".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YoreciboI receive
recibesyou receive
Ella / Él / Ustedrecibes/he receive, you (formal) receive
Nosotras / Nosotrosrecibimoswe receive
Vosotras / Vosotrosrecibísyou (plural) receive
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesrecibenthey receive, you (plural formal) receive
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Recibir in the Indicative Preterite

The Indicative Preterite of recibir is used to talk about actions completed in the past, at a specific point in time. For example, "recibí un regalo", meaning "I received a present".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YorecibíI received
recibisteyou received
Ella / Él / Ustedrecibiós/he received, you (formal) received
Nosotras / Nosotrosrecibimoswe received
Vosotras / Vosotrosrecibisteisyou (plural) received
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesrecibieronthey received, you (plural formal) received
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Recibir in the Indicative Imperfect

The Indicative Imperfect of recibir is used to describe regular and repeated actions that happened in the past and descriptions of things you used to do. For example, "recibía un regalo", meaning "I used to receive a present".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YorecibíaI used to receive
recibíasyou used to receive
Ella / Él / Ustedrecibías/he used to receive, you (formal) used to receive
Nosotras / Nosotrosrecibíamoswe used to receive
Vosotras / Vosotrosrecibíaisyou (plural) used to receive
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesrecibíanthey used to receive, you (plural formal) used to receive
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Recibir in the Indicative Future

The Indicative Future of recibir is used to talk about something that will happen in the future. For example, "recibiré un regalo", meaning "I will receive a present".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YorecibiréI will receive
recibirásyou will receive
Ella / Él / Ustedrecibirás/he will receive, you (formal) will receive
Nosotras / Nosotrosrecibiremoswe will receive
Vosotras / Vosotrosrecibiréisyou (plural) will receive
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesrecibiránthey will receive, you (plural formal) will receive
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Recibir in the Indicative Conditional

The Indicative Conditional of recibir is used to talk about something that may happen in the future, hypothesis and probabilities. For example, "recibiría un regalo", meaning "I would receive a present".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YorecibiríaI would receive
recibiríasyou would receive
Ella / Él / Ustedrecibirías/he would receive, you (formal) would receive
Nosotras / Nosotrosrecibiríamoswe would receive
Vosotras / Vosotrosrecibiríaisyou (plural) would receive
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesrecibiríanthey would receive, you (plural formal) would receive
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Recibir in the Indicative Present Perfect

The Indicative Present Perfect of recibir 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 recibido un regalo", meaning "I have received a present".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohe recibidoI have received
has recibidoyou have received
Ella / Él / Ustedha recibidos/he has received, you (formal) have received
Nosotras / Nosotroshemos recibidowe have received
Vosotras / Vosotroshabéis recibidoyou (plural) have received
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshan recibidothey have received, you (plural formal) have received
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Recibir in the Indicative Past Perfect

The Indicative Past Perfect of recibir is used to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past. For example, "había recibido un regalo", meaning "I had received a present".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabía recibidoI had received
habías recibidoyou had received
Ella / Él / Ustedhabía recibidos/he had received, you (formal) had received
Nosotras / Nosotroshabíamos recibidowe had received
Vosotras / Vosotroshabíais recibidoyou (plural) had received
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabían recibidothey had received, you (plural formal) had received
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Recibir in the Indicative Future Perfect

The Indicative Future Perfect of recibir is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future after something else has already happened. For example, "habré recibido un regalo", meaning "I will have received a present".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabré recibidoI will have received
habrás recibidoyou will have received
Ella / Él / Ustedhabrá recibidos/he will have received, you (formal) will have received
Nosotras / Nosotroshabremos recibidowe will have received
Vosotras / Vosotroshabréis recibidoyou (plural) will have received
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrán recibidothey will have received, you (plural formal) will have received
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Recibir in the Indicative Conditional Perfect

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of recibir is used to talk about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action. For example, "habría recibido un regalo", meaning "I would have received a present".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohabría recibidoI would have received
habrías recibidoyou would have received
Ella / Él / Ustedhabría recibidos/he would have received, you (formal) would have received
Nosotras / Nosotroshabríamos recibidowe would have received
Vosotras / Vosotroshabríais recibidoyou (plural) would have received
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshabrían recibidothey would have received, you (plural formal) would have received
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Subjunctive Tenses of Recibir

Recibir 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, "reciba", meaning "I receive".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YorecibaI receive
recibasyou receive
Ella / Él / Ustedrecibas/he receive, you (formal) receive
Nosotras / Nosotrosrecibamoswe receive
Vosotras / Vosotrosrecibáisyou (plural) receive
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesrecibanthey receive, you (plural formal) receive
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Recibir 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, "recibiera", meaning "I received".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YorecibieraI received
recibierasyou received
Ella / Él / Ustedrecibieras/he received, you (formal) received
Nosotras / Nosotrosrecibiéramoswe received
Vosotras / Vosotrosrecibieraisyou (plural) received
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesrecibieranthey received, you (plural formal) received
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Recibir in the Subjunctive Future

The Subjunctive Future is used For example, "recibiere", meaning "I will receive".

PronounSpanishEnglish
YorecibiereI will receive
recibieresyou will receive
Ella / Él / Ustedrecibieres/he will receive, you (formal) will receive
Nosotras / Nosotrosrecibiéremoswe will receive
Vosotras / Vosotrosrecibiereisyou (plural) will receive
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesrecibierenthey will receive, you (plural formal) will receive
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Recibir 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 recibido", meaning "I have received".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohaya recibidoI have received
hayas recibidoyou have received
Ella / Él / Ustedhaya recibidos/he has received, you (formal) have received
Nosotras / Nosotroshayamos recibidowe have received
Vosotras / Vosotroshayáis recibidoyou (plural) have received
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshayan recibidothey have received, you (plural formal) have received
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Recibir 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 recibido", meaning "I had received".

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiera recibidoI had received
hubieras recibidoyou had received
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiera recibidos/he had received, you (formal) had received
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéramos recibidowe had received
Vosotras / Vosotroshubierais recibidoyou (plural) had received
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieran recibidothey had received, you (plural formal) had received
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Recibir in the Subjunctive Future Perfect

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yohubiere recibidoI will have received
hubieres recibidoyou will have received
Ella / Él / Ustedhubiere recibidos/he will have received, you (formal) will have received
Nosotras / Nosotroshubiéremos recibidowe will have received
Vosotras / Vosotroshubiereis recibidoyou (plural) will have received
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedeshubieren recibidothey will have received, you (plural formal) will have received
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Imperative Tenses of Recibir

Recibir in the Imperative Affirmative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
recibe(to you) receive!
Ella / Él / Ustedreciba(to you formal) receive!
Nosotras / Nosotrosrecibamos(to we) receive!
Vosotras / Vosotrosrecibid(to you plural) receive!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesreciban(to you plural formal) receive!
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Recibir in the Imperative Negative

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

PronounSpanishEnglish
Yo--
no recibas(to you) don't receive!
Ella / Él / Ustedno reciba(to you formal) don't receive!
Nosotras / Nosotrosno recibamos(to we) don't receive!
Vosotras / Vosotrosno recibáis(to you plural) don't receive!
Ellas / Ellos / Ustedesno reciban(to you plural formal) don't receive!
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Example sentences and usage

  • El pueblo recibía un aluvión de turistas en verano. The town was deluged with tourists in summer.
  • Recibirás una bicicleta para tu cumpleaños. You shall have a bicycle for your birthday.
  • Kioto recibe muchos turistas de todo el mundo. Kyoto gets lots of visitors from all over the world.
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