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Conjugation of 'Querer'

Common Verb Is Highly Irregular


Cathedral in Guadalajara

Quiero ir a Guadalajara. (I want to go to Guadalajara.)

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Querer, a common verb that usually means "to want" or "to love," is frequently irregular. Not only is it a stem-changing verb, but in some conjugations the r changes to an rr. And sometimes, for no apparent reason, the quer- stem changes to quis-. Because querer is so common, the irregular forms are worth noting.

In the chart below, irregularly conjugated forms are shown in boldface. The translations given are not the only ones possible but are listed to help you distinguish the various tenses and moods.

The only other verbs that follow the conjugation pattern of querer are verbs derived from it (such as desquerer, to quit wanting), but none of them are in common use.

Infinitive (infinitivo): querer (to want)

Gerund (gerundio): queriendo (wanting)

Participle (participio): querido (wanted)

Present indicative (presente del indicativo): yo quiero, tú quieres, usted/él/ella quiere, nosotros/as queremos, vosotros/as queréis, ustedes/ellos/ellas quieren (I want, you want, etc.)

Preterite (pretérito): yo quise, tu quisiste, usted/él/ella quiso, nosotros/as quisimos, vosotros/as quisisteis, ustedes/ellos/ellas quisieron (I wanted, you wanted, etc.)

Imperfect indicative (imperfecto del indicativo): yo quería, tú querías, usted/él/ella quería, nosotros/as queríamos, vosotros/as queríais, ustedes/ellos/ellas querían (I used to want, you used to want, etc.)

Future (futuro): yo querré, tú querrás, usted/él/ella querrá, nosotros/as querremos, vosotros/as querréis, ustedes/ellos/ellas querrán (I will want, you will want, etc.)

Conditional (condicional): yo querría, tú querrías, usted/él/ella querría, nosotros/as querríamos, vosotros/as querríais, ustedes/ellos/ellas querrían (I would want, you would want, etc.)

Present subjunctive (presente del subjuntivo): que yo quiera, que tú quieras, que usted/él/ella quiera, que nosotros/as queramos, que vosotros/as queráis, que ustedes/ellos/ellas quieran (that I want, that you want, etc.)

Imperfect subjunctive (imperfecto del subjuntivo): que yo quisiera (quisiese), que tú quisieras (quisieses), que usted/él/ella quisiera (quisiese), que nosotros/as quisiéramos (quisiésemos), que vosotros/as quisierais (quisieseis), que ustedes/ellos/ellas quisieran (quisiesen) (that I wanted, that you wanted, etc.)

Imperative (imperativo): quiere (tú) (want), no quieras (tú) (don't want), quiera (usted) (want), queramos (nosotros/as) (let's want), quered (vosotros/as) (want), no queráis (vosotros/as) (don't want), quieran (ustedes) (want)

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