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Spanish Verb Tenses: Simple Past and Future of Regular Verbs

There are 2 more simple Spanish verb tenses you may want to learn: the simple past and future tenses of regular verbs.

This is a continuation of the page on regular Spanish verbs (simple present tense) conjugation.

I didn't want to overwhelm you with information in one single page, so I decided to break it down into 2 pages for your benefit.

Gee weez! Ain't I such a nice guy?

Anyhow, you may recall the 3 regular verbs we conjugated in the present tense: Entrar, Comer and Vivir:

Regular Spanish Verb: Entrar Regular Spanish Verb: Comer

Regular Spanish Verb: Vivir

I want to use the same verbs above for consistency sake.

However, you should bear in mind that - subject to the exceptions outlined in the previous page - all regular Spanish verbs behave similarly when conjugated in the simple (indicative) past and future tenses. Ok?

Spanish Verb Tenses: Preterite (Past) Indicative

In English, there is only one form of past tense verb. If the English verb is a regular one, then the task is often very easy: You just change the ending of the verb by adding the particle "ed". Like this: I Enter ---> I entered.

Forming the past tense of regular Spanish verbs is also easy, but there is more than one ending depending on the pronoun you're conjugating in Spanish, and the ending of the verb in question.

The table below has the equivalent of "I entered, you entered, he/she entered, etc., I ate, you ate, he/she ate... etc., I lived, you lived, he/she lived, etc".

Yo
entré comí viví
Tu
entraste comiste viviste
Vos
entraste comiste viviste
Usted
entró com viv
El/ella/ello
entró com viv
Nosotros/Nosotras
entramos comimos vivimos
Ustedes
entraron comieron vivieron
Vosotros
entrasteis comisteis vivisteis
Ellos/ellas
entraron comieron vivieron

The Simple Future Tense of Spanish Regular Verbs

In English, you simply place the auxiliar particle "will" after the pronoun and before the verb to form the future tens of a verb.

But in Spanish, you still have to change the endings of regular verbs. That's the peculiarity of Spanish verb tenses. The only difference here, however, is that the stem takes the form of the full verb for most pronouns.

Yo
entraré comeré viviré
Tu
entrarás comerás vivirás
Vos **
entrarás comerás vivirás
Usted
entrará comerá vivirá
El/ella/ello
entrará comerá vivirá
Nosotros/Nosotras
entraremos comeremos viviremos
Ustedes
entrarán comerán vivirán
Vosotros/Vosotras
entrareis comereis vivireis
Ellos/Ellas
entrarán comerán vivirán


** Before I finish the the simple past and future of Spanish regular verbs, I just want to point out that the conjugation of the pronoun vos in the future tense, whilst correct, it's not used like that in some countries like those in Central America. Rather, they use the equivalent of "going to" (you know, like "you are going to eat..."). That's a combination of present progressive tense and the infinitive of a verb, but that's something we'll discuss in a separate section.

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