Conjugating the Spanish Verb Bajar (to Go Down)

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

Bajar (bvah-Hahr) (to go down) is a regular ar verb, so its conjugation is pretty straightforward. Here it is in the present tense:

The Present Tense of Bajar
Conjugation Translation
yo bajo I go down
bajas You (informal) go down
él/ella/ello/uno baja He/she/one goes down
usted baja You (formal) go down
nosotros bajamos We go down
vosotros bajáis You all (informal) go down
ellos/ellas bajan They go down
ustedes bajan You all (formal) go down

The following examples show you bajar in action:

  • Bajamos al primer piso. (We go down to the first floor.)

  • Bajan las gradas muy rápido. (They go down the stairs very fast.)

Want to conjugate bajar in another tense? The following tables show you the preterit, imperfect, and future forms.

The Preterit Tense of Bajar
Conjugation Translation
yo bajé I went down
bajaste You (informal) went down
él/ella/ello/uno bajó He/she/one went down
usted bajó You (formal) went down
nosotros bajamos We went down
vosotros bajasteis You all (informal) went down
ellos/ellas bajaron They went down
ustedes bajaron You all (formal) went down

You use the preterit tense like this:

  • Daniel y Lola bajaron al sótano. (Daniel and Lola went down to the basement.)

  • ¿Bajó usted del sexto piso? (Did you come down from the sixth floor?)

The Imperfect Tense of Bajar
Conjugation Translation
yo bajaba I used to go down
bajabas You (informal) used to go down
él/ella/ello/uno bajaba He/she/one used to go down
usted bajaba You (formal) used to go down
We used to go down
vosotros bajabais You all (informal) used to go down
ellos/ellas bajaban They used to go down
ustedes bajaban You all (formal) used to go down

Here are some examples of the imperfect tense:

  • Las hermanas bajaban a comprar pan. (The sisters used to go down to buy bread.)

  • La mamá bajaba a preparar la comida. (The mother used to go down to prepare the meal.)

The Future Tense of Bajar
Conjugation Translation
yo bajaré I will go down
bajarás You (informal) will go down
él/ella/ello/uno bajará He/she/one will go down
usted bajará You (formal) will go down
nosotros bajaremos We will go down
vosotros bajaréis You all (informal) will go down
ellos/ellas bajarán They will go down
ustedes bajarán You all (formal) will go down

The following samples put the future tense to work:

  • ¿Bajarán los niños a comer? (Will the kids come down to eat?)

  • Bajaré rápido las gradas. (I will go down the steps fast.)