Conjugating the Spanish Verb Bailar (to Dance) - dummies

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Bailar (to Dance)

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

Bailar (bvahee-lahr) (to dance) is a regular ar verb, so it’s pretty easy to conjugate. Here it is in the present tense:

The Present Tense of Bailar
Conjugation Translation
yo bailo I dance
bailas You (informal) dance
él/ella/ello/uno baila He/she/one dances
usted baila You (formal) dance
nosotros bailamos We dance
vosotros bailáis You all (informal) dance
ellos/ellas bailan They dance
ustedes bailan You all (formal) dance

The following examples show you bailar in action:

  • Ellos bailan en la fiesta. (They are dancing at the party.)

  • Yo bailo todos los días. (I dance every day.)

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

The Preterit Tense of Bailar
Conjugation Translation
yo bailé I danced
bailaste You (informal) danced
él/ella/ello/uno bailó He/she/one danced
usted bailó You (formal) danced
nosotros bailamos We danced
vosotros bailasteis You all (informal) danced
ellos/ellas bailaron They danced
ustedes bailaron You all (formal) danced

Here are some examples of the preterit tense:

  • Bailé un tanto con mi hermana. (I danced a little with my sister.)

  • Bailaron durante toda la noche. (They dance during the entire night.)

The Imperfect Tense of Bailar
Conjugation Translation
yo bailaba I used to dance
bailabas You (informal) used to dance
él/ella/ello/uno bailaba He/she/one used to dance
usted bailaba You (formal) used to dance
nosotros bailábamos We used to dance
vosotros bailabais You all (informal) used to dance
ellos/ellas bailaban They used to dance
ustedes bailaban You all (formal) used to dance

You use the imperfect tense like this:

  • ¿Bailabas mucho? (Did you used to dance a lot?)

  • Ellos siempre bailaban los viernes por la noche. (They always danced on Friday evening.)

The Future Tense of Bailar
Conjugation Translation
yo bailaré I will dance
bailarás You (informal) will dance
He/she/one will dance
usted bailará You (formal) will dance
nosotros bailaremos We will dance
vosotros bailaréis You all (informal) will dance
ellos/ellas bailarán They will dance
ustedes bailarán You all (formal) will dance

The following samples put the future tense to work:

  • Raúl y Susana bailarán. (Raúl and Susana will dance.)

  • Rafael bailará en la boda este verano. (Rafael will dance at the wedding this summer.)