Conjugating the Spanish Verb Ayudar (to Help) - dummies

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Ayudar (to Help)

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

Ayudar (ah-yoo-dahr) (to help) is a regular ar verb, so its conjugation is pretty straightforward. Here it is in the present tense:

The Present Tense of Ayudar
Conjugation Translation
yo ayudo I help
tú ayudas You (informal) help
él/ella/ello/uno ayuda He/she/one helps
usted ayuda You (formal) help
nosotros ayudamos We help
vosotros ayudáis You all (informal) help
ellos/ellas ayudan They help
ustedes ayudan You all (formal) help

The following examples show you ayudar in action:

  • Yo ayudo en la casa cada semana. (I help in the house every week.)

  • Ellos siempre ayudan a sus padres los fines de semana. (They always help their parents on the weekend.)

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

The Preterit Tense of Ayudar
Conjugation Translation
yo ayudé I helped
tú ayudaste You (informal) helped
él/ella/ello/uno ayudó He/she/one helped
usted ayudó You (formal) helped
nosotros ayudamos We helped
vosotros ayudasteis You all (informal) helped
ellos/ellas ayudaron They helped
ustedes ayudaron You all (formal) helped

You use the preterit tense like this:

  • Él ayudó a los niños con su tarea ayer. (He helped the children with their homework yesterday.)

  • Ayudaste a tu padre anteayer. (You helped your father the day before yesterday.)

The Imperfect Tense of Ayudar
Conjugation Translation
yo ayudaba I used to help
tú ayudabas You (informal) used to help
él/ella/ello/uno ayudaba He/she/one used to help
usted ayudaba You (formal) used to help
nosotros ayudábamos We used to help
vosotros ayudabais You all (informal) used to help
ellos/ellas ayudaban They used to help
ustedes ayudaban You all (formal) used to help

Here are some examples of the imperfect tense:

  • ¿Ayudabais vosotros a vuestros abuelos? (Did you used to help your grandparents?)

  • Sí. Los ayudábamos todos los días. (Yes. We used to help them every day.)

The Future Tense of Ayudar
Conjugation Translation
yo ayudaré I will help
tú ayudarás You (informal) will help
él/ella/ello/uno ayudará He/she/one will help
usted ayudará You (formal) will help
nosotros ayudaremos We will help
vosotros ayudaréis You all (informal) will help
ellos/ellas ayudarán They will help
ustedes ayudarán You all (formal) will help

The following samples put the future tense to work:

  • ¿Me ayudarás con mis lecciones? (Will you help me with my lessons?)

  • Te ayudaré esta tarde. (I will help you this afternoon.)