logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Spanish Language Site

BellaOnline's Spanish Language Editor

g

Spanish past subjunctive for regular verbs


We already reviewed the Spanish subjunctive mood includes three tenses, as listed on the article Spanish present subjunctive. Regular verbs:

This article covers the conjugation in Spanish of the past subjunctive for regular verbs and includes a link to an audio recording with the subjunctive conjugations (past tense) of “amar”, “beber” and “vivir”.

Past subjunctive conjugation
Same as for the Spanish present of subjunctive conjugation, we’ll use those three same regular verbs to conjugate the past subjunctive: Amar (first conjugation verb), Beber (second conjugation verb) and Vivir (Third conjugation verb).

AMAR (TO LOVE) Past Subjunctive

Yo amara / amase
Tú amaras / amases
Él / Ella / Usted amara / amase

Nosotros / Nosotras amáramos / amásemos
Vosotros / Vosotras amarais / amaseis
Ellos / Ellas / Ustedes amaran / amasen

As you can see, this Spanish tense (Past subjunctive) includes in fact, two forms for each person. This means any of them can be used. In practice, the first form (Yo amara, tú amaras, él amara, etc.) is more common than the second one.

Letters in bold are the endings for this tense. Notice “am-” is the stem of the verb. To identify the stem of a verb, just ignore the final –ar, -er or –ir endings of its infinitive. For example, let’s identify the stem of the verb “Pensar” (To think).
Pensar is the infinitive. Let’s remove the final –ar (in this case). The remaining part is what we call “stem”: “Pens-”.

Now, to conjugate the past tense of “pensar”, we'll first take its stem “pens-” and add the corresponding past tense endings: yo pensara / pensase, tú pensaras / pensases, and so on.

BEBER (TO DRINK) Past Subjunctive

Yo bebiera / bebiese
Tú bebieras / bebieses
Él / Ella / Usted bebiera / bebiese

Nosotros / Nosotras bebiéramos / bebiésemos
Vosotros / Vosotras bebierais / bebieseis
Ellos / Ellas / Ustedes bebieran / bebiesen

Beber” belongs to the second conjugation, that is, it is a verb ending in -er. Its stem is “beb-”. Notice now that the endings for regular verbs belonging to the second conjugation are different from those belonging to the first conjugation (verbs ending in -ar, like “amar”).

And finally, let’s see how regular verbs belonging to the third conjugation are conjugated in the past subjunctive:

VIVIR (TO LIVE) Past Subjunctive

Yo viviera / viviese
Tú vivieras / vivieses
Él / Ella / Usted viviera / viviese
Nosotros / Nosotras viviéramos / viviésemos
Vosotros / Vosotras vivierais / vivieseis
Ellos / Ellas / Ustedes vivieran / viviesen

Good news! The past subjunctive endings for regular verbs belonging to second and third conjugations are the same.

To listen to these verbs audio recording, click here.

If you learn these patterns, you’ll be able to conjugate any Spanish regular verb in the past subjunctive.

Do you want to learn more about Spansh verbs? The book 2000+ Essential Spanish Verbs: Learn the Forms, Master the Tenses, and Speak Fluently! (Essential Vocabulary)style=border:none can help you!
Add Spanish+past+subjunctive+for+regular+verbs to Twitter Add Spanish+past+subjunctive+for+regular+verbs to Facebook Add Spanish+past+subjunctive+for+regular+verbs to MySpace Add Spanish+past+subjunctive+for+regular+verbs to Del.icio.us Digg Spanish+past+subjunctive+for+regular+verbs Add Spanish+past+subjunctive+for+regular+verbs to Yahoo My Web Add Spanish+past+subjunctive+for+regular+verbs to Google Bookmarks Add Spanish+past+subjunctive+for+regular+verbs to Stumbleupon Add Spanish+past+subjunctive+for+regular+verbs to Reddit




Spanish present subjunctive. Regular verbs
Spanish present subjunctive. Exercises
Spanish verbs types and conjugations
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Spanish Language Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Angeles Fernández. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Angeles Fernández. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Angeles Fernández for details.

g


g features
Site of the month. www.ver-taal.com

Colors in Spanish. Exercises

Describing photos in Spanish. El perro lector.

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor