How to Conjugate the Spanish Verb Querer (2023)

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How to Conjugate the Spanish Verb Querer (1)


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    Gerald Erichsen

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    Updated on January 14, 2019

    The Spanish verb querer is a common verb that means "to want," "to wish," "to love" or "to like," and its conjugation is highly irregular. Both its stem and endings often depart from the norm in unpredictable ways. This article includes querer conjugations in the present, past, conditional and future indicative, the present and past subjunctive, the imperative, and other verb forms.

    There are only three verbs that are conjugated in the same way as querer, and all three are derived from it: bienquerer (to like or be fond of), desquerer (to cease wanting or loving) and malquerer (to dislike). None of them are particularly common.

    Using the Verb Querer

    The verb querer can be translated to English in several different ways. The most common meaning is "to want" or "to wish," as in El niño quiere muchos regalos para su cumpleaños (The boy wants a lot of presents for his birthday), or Ella quiere que todos los niños sean felices (She wishes for all children to be happy).

    When used with people (or pets), the verb querer can also mean "to love." Although the verb amar means to love, it is often used in more profound or romantic relationships. You can use the verb querer as in Quiero mucho a mi mejor amigo (I really love my best friend) or La niña quiere a sus maestros (The girl loves her teachers). In the last example, querer has a connotation of "to appreciate" more than "to love." Also, notice that when used in this way with people or pets, the personal a is always used before the direct object.

    Querer Present Indicative

    In the present indicative tense, the verb querer is stem-changing. This means that the e in the stem of the verb changes to ie when part of a stressed syllable.

    YoquieroI wantYo quiero viajar a España.
    quieresYou wantTú quieres un carro nuevo.
    Usted/él/ellaquiereYou/he/she wantsElla quiere a sus amigos.
    NosotrosqueremosWe wantNosotros queremos tener paz en el mundo.
    VosotrosqueréisYou wantVosotros queréis aprender italiano.
    Ustedes/ellos/ellasquierenYou/they wantEllos quieren mucho a sus mascotas.

    Querer Preterite Indicative

    In the preterite tense, querer is irregular, since the stem changes to quis-. The preterite is used to talk about completed actions in the past. When using the verb querer in the preterite, it has the meaning of something that someone wanted but did not obtain. For example, Quise ir a la fiesta means "I wanted to go to the party but I ended up not being able to go."

    YoquiseI wantedYo quiseviajar a España.
    quisisteYou wantedTú quisisteun carro nuevo.
    Usted/él/ellaquisoYou/he/she wantedElla quisoa sus amigos.
    NosotrosquisimosWe wantedNosotros quisimos tenerpaz en el mundo.
    VosotrosquisisteisYou wantedVosotros quisisteisaprender italiano.
    Ustedes/ellos/ellasquisieronYou/they wantedEllos quisieron mucho a sus mascotas.

    Querer Imperfect Indicative

    The imperfect tense conjugation of querer is regular. You start with the stem quer- and add the imperfect ending for -er verbs (ía, ías, ía, íamos, íais, ían). In the imperfect tense the verb querer usually means "wanted," but can also be translated as "was wanting" or "used to want." The imperfect is used to talk about ongoing actions in the past. With the verb querer it means that someone wanted something, but we don't know if they obtained it or not.

    YoqueríaI used to wantYo queríaviajar a España.
    queríasYou used to wantTú querías un carro nuevo.
    Usted/él/ellaqueríaYou/he/she used to wantElla quería a sus amigos.
    NosotrosqueríamosWe used to wantNosotros queríamos tener paz en el mundo.
    VosotrosqueríaisYou used to wantVosotros queríais aprender italiano.
    Ustedes/ellos/ellasqueríanYou/they used to wantEllos querían a sus mascotas.

    Querer Future Indicative

    To conjugate the future tense you start with the infinitive (querer) and add the future tense endings (é, ás, á, emos, áis, án). However, the verb querer is irregular because there is an extra r in the stem, so it ends up being querr-.

    YoquerréI will wantYo querré viajar a España.
    querrásYouwill wantTú querrás un carro nuevo.
    Usted/él/ellaquerráYou/he/shewill wantElla querráa sus amigos.
    NosotrosquerremosWewill wantNosotros querremostener paz en el mundo.
    VosotrosquerréisYouwill wantVosotros querréis aprender italiano.
    Ustedes/ellos/ellasquerránYou/theywill wantEllos querrán a sus mascotas.

    Querer PeriphrasticFuture Indicative

    The periphrastic future is formed with the present indicative conjugation of the verb ir (to go), the preposition a, and the infinitive querer.

    Yovoy a quererI am going to wantYo voy a querer viajar a España.
    vasa quererYou aregoing to wantTú vasa querer un carro nuevo.
    Usted/él/ellavaa quererYou/he/shegoing to wantElla vaa querer a sus amigos.
    Nosotrosvamosa quererWe aregoing to wantNosotros vamos a querer tener paz en el mundo.
    Vosotrosvaisa quererYou aregoing to wantVosotros vaisa querer aprender italiano.
    Ustedes/ellos/ellasvana quererYou/they aregoing to wantEllos vana querer mucho a sus mascotas.

    Querer Present Progressive/Gerund Form

    The gerundor present participle for the verb querer is formed regularly, by starting with stem of the verb quer- and the ending the ending -iendo (for -er and -ir verbs). The present participle can be used to form progressive tenses like the present progressive, which usually requires the auxiliary verb estar. However, it is rare to use the verb querer in progressive tenses, since "to want" already implies an ongoing action. Therefore, it sounds redundant to say está queriendo (is wanting) and it is simpler to say quiere (wants). The form queriendo is more commonly used as an adverb, as in Queriendo ayudar, hicimos un gran esfuerzo (Wanting to help, we made a great effort).

    Present Progressive ofQuererestá queriendoShe is wantingElla está queriendo a sus amigos.

    Querer Past Participle

    The past participle is formed with the stem quer- plus the ending -ido. It can be used to form perfect tenses, such as the present perfect. The present perfect is formed with the auxiliary verb haber and the past participle querido.

    Present Perfect ofQuererha queridoShe has wantedElla ha querido a sus amigos.

    Querer Conditional Indicative

    The conditional tense is usually translated to English as "would + verb." Similar to the future tense, it is conjugated by starting with the infinitive form. However, just like in the future tense, the verb querer is irregular because it has an extra r, so it uses the stem querr-.

    YoquerríaI would wantYo querría viajar a España si no me diera miedo viajar en avión.
    querríasYouwould wantTú querrías un carro nuevo, pero están muy caros.
    Usted/él/ellaquerríaYou/he/shewould wantElla querría a sus amigos si fueran más amables.
    NosotrosquerríamosWewould wantNosotros querríamostener paz en el mundo, pero sabemos que es muy difícil.
    VosotrosquerríaisYouwould wantVosotros querríais aprender italiano, pero preferisteis aprender francés.
    Ustedes/ellos/ellasquerríanYou/theywould wantEllos querrían mucho a sus mascotas si se portaran mejor.

    Querer Present Subjunctive

    The present subjunctive is used for subjective situations like desires, doubts and recommendations. It is formed starting with the first person singular present indicative conjugation (yo). It is also stem-changing (e to ie) when the e falls on the stressed syllable.

    Que yoquieraThat I wantEl agente de viajes espera que yo quiera viajar a España.
    Que túquierasThat you wantEl vendedor espera que tú quieras un carro nuevo.
    Que usted/él/ellaquieraThat you/he/she wantMamá espera que ella quiera a sus amigos.
    Que nosotrosqueramosThat we wantLos diplomáticos esperan que nosotros queramos tener paz en el mundo.
    Que vosotrosqueráisThat you wantEl maestro espera que vosotros queráis aprender italiano.
    Que ustedes/ellos/ellasquieranThat you/they wantPapá espera que ellos quieran mucho a sus mascotas.

    Querer Imperfect Subjunctive

    There are two options for conjugating the imperfect subjunctive.

    Option 1

    Que yoquisieraThat I wantedLa agente de viajes esperaba que yo quisiera viajar a España.
    Que túquisierasThat you wantedEl vendedor esperaba que tú quisieras un carro nuevo.
    Que usted/él/ellaquisieraThat you/he/she wantedMamá esperaba que ella quisiera a sus amigos.
    Que nosotrosquisiéramosThat we wantedLos diplomáticos esperaban que nosotros quisiéramos tener paz en el mundo.
    Que vosotrosquisieraisThat you wantedEl maestro esperaba que vosotros quisierais aprender italiano.
    Que ustedes/ellos/ellasquisieranThat you/they wantedPapá esperaba que ellos quisieran mucho a sus mascotas.

    Option 2

    Que yoquisieseThat I wantedLa agente de viajes esperaba que yo quisiese viajar a España.
    Que túquisiesesThat you wantedEl vendedor esperaba que tú quisieses un carro nuevo.
    Que usted/él/ellaquisieseThat you/he/she wantedMamá esperaba que ella quisiese a sus amigos.
    Que nosotrosquisiésemosThat we wantedLos diplomáticos esperaban que nosotros quisiésemos tener paz en el mundo.
    Que vosotrosquisieseisThat you wantedEl maestro esperaba que vosotros quisieseis aprender italiano.
    Que ustedes/ellos/ellasquisiesenThat you/they wantedEl papá esperaba que ellos quisiesen mucho a sus mascotas.

    Querer Imperative

    The imperative mood is used to give orders or commands. It is not common to use commands with the verb querer, because usually you don't tell people to want something. However, it is possible that you would tell someone to love someone else, which is one of the meanings of the verb querer. Therefore, the examples below were changed to show more realistic situations of querer in the imperative.

    Positive Commands

    quiereLove!¡Quiere a tus amigos!
    UstedquieraLove!¡Quiera a su madre!
    NosotrosqueramosLet's love!¡Queramos a nuestros hermanos!
    VosotrosqueredLove!¡Quered a vuestra familia!
    UstedesquieranLove!¡Quieran a sus padres!

    Negative Commands

    no quierasDon't love!¡No quieras a tus amigos!
    Ustedno quieraDon't love!¡No quiera a su madre!
    Nosotrosno queramosLet's not love!¡No queramos a nuestros hermanos!
    Vosotrosno queráisDon't love!¡No queráis a vuestra familia!
    Ustedesno quieranDon't love!¡No quieran a sus padres!



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