Conjugation of 'Beber'

Regular 'beber' serves as model for '-er' verbs

bottles for lesson on conjugating the Spanish verb beber
Refrescos para beber. (Refreshments for drinking.). Carlos de Paz/Creative Commons.

The conjugation of beber (to drink) is shown here as an example of how to conjugate regular verbs ending in -er. Note that the most common -er verbs — among them ser, haber, tener, and hacer — are irregular and need to be learned separately.

Infinitive of Beber

Beber (to drink)

Gerund of Beber

bebiendo (drinking)

Participle of Beber

bebido (drunk)

Present Indicative of Beber

yo bebo, tú bebes, usted/él/ella bebe, nosotros/as bebemos, vosotros/as bebéis, ustedes/ellos/ellas beben (I drink, you drink, he drinks, etc.)

Preterite of Beber

yo bebí, tú bebiste, usted/él/ella bebió, nosotros/as bebimos, vosotros/as bebisteis, ustedes/ellos/ellas bebieron (I drank, you drank, she drank, etc.)

Imperfect Indicative of Beber

yo bebía, tú bebías, usted/él/ella bebía, nosotros/as bebíamos, vosotros/as bebíais, ustedes/ellos/ellas bebían (I used to drink, you used to drink, he used to drink, etc.)

Future Indicative of Beber

yo beberé, tú beberás, usted/él/ella beberá, nosotros/as beberemos, vosotros/as beberéis, ustedes/ellos/ellas beberán (I will drink, you will drink, he will drink, etc.)

Conditional of Beber

yo bebería, tú beberías, usted/él/ella bebería, nosotros/as beberíamos, vosotros/as beberíais, ustedes/ellos/ellas beberían (I would drink, you would drink, she would drink, etc.)

Present Subjunctive of Beber

que yo beba, que tú bebas, que usted/él/ella beba, que nosotros/as bebamos, que vosotros/as bebáis, que ustedes/ellos/ellas beban (that I drink, that you drink, that she drink, etc.)

Imperfect Subjunctive of Beber

que yo bebiera (bebiese), que tú bebieras (bebieses), que usted/él/ella bebiera (bebiese), que nosotros/as bebiéramos (bebiésemos), que vosotros/as bebierais (bebieseis), que ustedes/ellos/ellas bebieran (that I drank, that you drank, that he drank, etc.)

Imperative of Beber

bebe (tú), no bebas (tú), beba (usted), bebamos (nosotros/as), bebed (vosotros/as), no bebáis (vosotros/as), beban (ustedes) (drink, don't drink, drink, let's drink, etc.)

Compound Tenses of Beber

The perfect tenses are made by using the appropriate form of haber and the past participle, bebido. The progressive tenses use estar with the gerund, bebiendo.

Sample Sentences Showing Conjugation of Beber and Other Regular -er Verbs

Regular -er verbs used in these sentences include beber, comer (to eat), deber (to owe or be obligated) and vender (to sell).

No piensan en qué van a comer, qué van a beber o qué ropa se van a poner. (They don't think about what they are going to eat, what they are going to drink or what clothes they are going to put on. Infinitive. Although poner is also an -er verb, it is highly irregular.)

Debes tener cuidado cuando cruces calles o entradas de estacionamientos. (You should be careful when you cross streets or parking-lot entrances. Present indicative.)

Bebo demasiado cuando estoy nerviosa. (I drink too much when I'm nervous. Present indicative.)

Hemos vendido los dos coches a nuestros hijos. (We have sold the two cars to our children. Present perfect.)

Los niños han comido, pero no recuerdo qué. (The children have eaten, but I don't remember what. Present perfect.)

Tengo miedo que estemos vendiendo nuestra alma al diablo. I'm afraid we're selling our soul to the devil. Gerund used for the present progressive subjunctive.)

Por primera vez los estadounidenses están bebiendo más agua que refrescos, muestra un estudio reciente. (For the first time, U.S. residents are drinking more water than soft drinks, a recent study shows. Gerund used for the present progressive indicative)

Se comparó la cantidad de agua que bebieron las ratas en la fase 1 contra la que bebieron en la fase 2. (The amount of water that the rats drank in the first phase was compared with what they drank in the second phase. Preterite.)

Yo debía mucho a aquella mujer. (I owed a lot to that woman. Imperfect.)

Con 40 pesos comíamos todo el día. (With 40 pesos we ate all day. Imperfect.)

Creo que comeré sushi todos los días. (I think I will eat sushi every day. Future.)

Mañana venderemos todos estos secretos y nos haremos ricos. (Tomorrow we will sell all these secrets and make ourselves rich. Future.)

Si produjéramos a mayor escala venderíamos más. (If we were to produce on a larger scale we would sell more. Conditional.)

Le escribió un curioso mensaje a la actriz: "Me bebería el agua de tu bañera". (He wrote a strange message to the actress: "I would drink your bathtub water.")

No soy sexista, pero no creo que las mujeres deban hablar de fútbol americano. (I'm not a sexist, but I don't think that women should talk about football. Present subjunctive.)

Hay muchos trucos para que los niñs se coman las verduras. (There are many trucks for getting kids to eat their vegetables. Present subjunctive.)

Se la dio a sus amigos para que bebieran. (She gave it to her friends for them to drink. Imperfect subjunctive.)

Por seguridad, no bebas hasta perder la conciencia. (To be safe, don't drink until you lose consciousness. Imperative.)