Conjugating the Spanish Verb Dejar (to Leave Something)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like dejar, you need to be able to identify which group a verb belongs to: regular (follows regular conjugation rules for -ar, -er, and -ir verbs), stem-changing (morphs depending on how you use it in a sentence), spelling-changing (has consonant-spelling changes in some forms to follow pronunciation rules), or reflexive (reflects the action back on the subject of the sentence).

Dejar (deh-Hahr) (to leave something somewhere) is a regular -ar verb, so its conjugation is pretty straightforward. Here it is in the present tense:

The Present Tense of Dejar
Conjugation Translation
yo dejo I leave something
tú dejas You (informal) leave something
él/ella/ello/uno deja He/she/one leaves something
usted déjà You (formal) leave something
nosotros dejamos We leave something
vosotros dejáis You all (informal) leave something
ellos/ellas dejan They leave something
ustedes dejan You all (formal) leave something

The following examples show you dejar in action:

  • ¿Dejas tú algo para mí? (Do you leave something for me?)

  • Dejo a mis hermanos en la escuela. (I leave my brothers in the school.)

Need to know how to conjugate dejar in another tense? The following tables show you the preterit, imperfect, and future forms.

The Preterit Tense of Dejar
Conjugation Translation
yo dejé I left something
tú dejaste You (informal) left something
él/ella/ello/uno dejó He/she/one left something
usted dejó You (formal) left something
nosotros dejamos We left something
vosotros dejasteis You all (informal) left something
ellos/ellas dejaron They left something
ustedes dejaron You all (formal) left something

You use the preterit tense like this:

  • María dejó sus zapatos en la tienda. (María left her shoes in the store.)

  • Ellos dejaron sus libros y cerraron la puerta. (They left their books and closed the doors.)

The Imperfect Tense of Dejar
Conjugation Translation
yo dejaba I used to leave something
tú dejabas You (informal) used to leave something
él/ella/ello/uno dejaba He/she/one used to leave something
usted dejaba You (formal) used to leave something
nosotros dejábamos We used to leave something
vosotros dejabais You all (informal) used to leave something
ellos/ellas dejaban They used to leave something
ustedes dejaban You all (formal) used to leave something

Here are some examples of the imperfect tense:

  • Los soldados dejaban sus armas en el ejército. (The soldiers used to leave their guns in the army.)

  • Dejaba mis llaves en mi bolso. (I used to leave my keys in my purse.)

The Future Tense of Dejar
Conjugation Translation
yo dejaré I will leave something
tú dejarás You (informal) will leave something
él/ella/ello/uno dejará He/she/one will leave something
usted dejará You (formal) will leave something
nosotros dejaremos We will leave something
vosotros dejaréis You all (informal) will leave something
ellos/ellas dejarán They will leave something
ustedes dejarán You all (formal) will leave something

The following samples put the future tense to work:

  • ¿Dejará usted su carro en el garaje? (Will you leave your car in the garage?)

  • Sí. Lo dejaré en el garaje (Yes. I will leave it in the garage.)

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