Conjugating the Spanish Verb Invitar (to Invite) - dummies

Conjugating the Spanish Verb Invitar (to Invite)

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

Invitar (een-bvee-tahr) (to invite) is a regular ar verb, so its conjugation is pretty easy. Here it is in the present tense:

The Present Tense of Invitar
Conjugation Translation
yo invite I invite
tú invitas You (informal) invite
él/ella/ello/uno invita He/she/one invites
usted invita You (formal) invite
nosotros invitamos We invite
vosotros invitáis You all (informal) invite
ellos/ellas invitan They invite
ustedes invitan You all (formal) invite

The following examples show you invitar in action:

  • ¿Me invitas a tu fiesta? (Can you invite me to your party?)

  • Sí. Te invito, y trae a tus amigos. (Yes. I invite you, and bring your friends.)

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

The Preterit Tense of Invitar
Conjugation Translation
yo invite I invited
tú invitaste You (informal) invited
él/ella/ello/uno invitó He/she/one invited
usted invite You (formal) invited
nosotros invitamos We invited
vosotros invitasteis You all (informal) invited
ellos/ellas invitaron They invited
ustedes invitaron You all (formal) invited

You use the preterit tense like this:

  • ¿Nos invitaron ellos a comer? (Did they invite us to eat?)

  • No. Nos invitaron a beber. (No. They invited us to drink.)

The Imperfect Tense of Invitar
Conjugation Translation
yo invitaba I used to invite
tú invitabas You (informal) used to invite
él/ella/ello/uno invitaba He/she/one used to invite
usted invitaba You (formal) used to invite
nosotros invitábamos We used to invite
vosotros invitabeis You all (informal) used to invite
ellos/ellas invitaban They used to invite
ustedes invitaban You all (formal) used to invite

Here are some examples of the imperfect tense:

  • ¿Invitabas a tus amigos a tu fiesta de cumpleaños? (Did you use to invite your friends to your birthday party?)

  • Sí. Pero solo invitaba a veinte amigos. (Yes. But I used to invite only twenty friends.)

The Future Tense of Invitar
Conjugation Translation
yo invitaré I will invite
tú invitarás You (informal) will invite
él/ella/ello/uno invitará He/she/one will invite
usted invitará You (formal) will invite
nosotros invitaremos We will invite
vosotros invitaréis You all (informal) will invite
ellos/ellas invitarán They will invite
ustedes invitarán You all (formal) will invite

The following samples put the future tense to work:

  • Te invitaré a mi casa en Texas. (I will invite you to my house in Texas.)

  • Y yo te invitaré a mi casa en Orlando. (And I will invite to my house in Orlando.)