How to Form Participles of Regular Spanish Verbs

Part of the Spanish All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Verbs are what breathe life and action into Spanish and every other language. Forming present and past participles in Spanish lets you talk in active present tense to say, “I’m dancing,” and about what you did last night: “I danced!” The following tables show you how to form present and past participles for regular Spanish verbs ending in –ar, –er, and –ir.

Forming Present Participles in Spanish
Ending Verb Example Meaning Participle Meaning
-ar bailar to dance bailando dancing
-er comer to eat comiendo eating
-ir subir to go up subiendo going up
Forming Past Participles in Spanish
Ending Verb Example Meaning Participle Meaning
-ar bailar to dance bailado danced
-er comer to eat comido eaten
-ir subir to go up subido gone up
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