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Conjugating the Spanish Verb Nadar (to Swim)

Spanish verbs fall into different groups, and each group is conjugated a little differently. If you’re going to master Spanish verbs like nadar, 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).

Nadar (nah-dahr) (to swim) is a regular -ar verb, so its conjugation is pretty straightforward. Here it is in the present tense:

The Present Tense of Nadar
Conjugation Translation
yo nado I swim
tú nadas You (informal) swim
él/ella/ello/uno nada He/she/one swims
usted nada You (formal) swim
nosotros nadamos We swim
vosotros nadáis You all (informal) swim
ellos/ellas nadan They swim
ustedes nadan You all (formal) swim

The following examples show you nadar in action:

  • ¿Nadas todos los días? (Do you swim every day?)

  • No. Nado los martes y sábados. (No. I swim on Tuesdays and Saturdays.)

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

The Preterit Tense of Nadar
Conjugation Translation
yo nadé I swam
tú nadaste You (informal) swam
él/ella/ello/uno nadó He/she/one swam
usted nadó You (formal) swam
nosotros nadamos We swam
vosotros nadasteis You all (informal) swam
ellos/ellas nadaron They swam
ustedes nadaron You all (formal) swam

You use the preterit tense like this:

  • Ellos nadaron muy rápido. (They swam very fast.)

  • Nosotros nadamos más rápido. (We swam faster.)

The Imperfect Tense of Nadar
Conjugation Translation
yo nadaba I used to swim
tú nadabas You (informal) used to swim
él/ella/ello/uno nadaba He/she/one used to swim
usted nadaba You (formal) used to swim
nosotros nadábamos We used to swim
vosotros nadabais You all (informal) used to swim
ellos/ellas nadaban They used to swim
ustedes nadaban You all (formal) used to swim

Here are some examples of the imperfect tense:

  • ¿Nadabas tú con tu hermano? (Did you use to swim with your brother?)

  • Sí. Nadaba con mi hermano y mi papá. (Yes. I used to swim with my brother and my dad.)

The Future Tense of Nadar
Conjugation Translation
yo nadaré I will swim
tú nadarás You (informal) will swim
él/ella/ello/uno nadará He/she/one will swim
usted nadará You (formal) will swim
nosotros nadaremos We will swim
vosotros nadaréis You all (informal) will swim
ellos/ellas nadarán They will swim
ustedes nadarán You all (formal) will swim

The following samples put the future tense to work:

  • ¿Nadarás toda tu vida? (Will you swim all your life?)

  • Sí. Nadaré siempre porque me gusta mucho. (Yes. I will always swim because I like it a lot.)

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