Conjugation of 'Creer'

Verb Is Irregular in Spelling but Not Pronunciation

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Sign in Monterrey, Mexico: "Some things have to be believed to be seen.". Eperales/Creative Commons.

Creer, an everyday verb usually meaning "to believe," is irregularly conjugated in terms of spelling but not pronunciation. The -i- in the conjugation ending is either accented or changed to -y- as needed to avoid diphthongs or an awkward -eie- combination.

Common verbs that follow the same conjugation pattern are leer (to read), poseer (to possess) and proveer (to provide). Uncommon verbs with the same conjugation include descreer (to disbelieve), desposeer (to dispossess) and releer (to reread).

Note that proveer has an alternative past participle, provisto, in addition to proveído. Poseer also has an alternative past participle, poseso, in addition to poseído.

Irregular forms are shown below in boldface. Translations are given as a guide and in real life may vary with context.

Infinitive of Creer

creer (to believe)

Gerund of Creer

creyendo (believing)

Participle of Creer

creído (believed)

Present Indicative of Creer

yo creo, tú crees, usted/él/ella cree, nosotros/as creemos, vosotros/as creéis, ustedes/ellos/ellas creen (I believe, you believe, he believes, etc.)

Preterite of Creer

yo creí, tú creíste, usted/él/ella creyó, nosotros/as creímos, vosotros/as creísteis, ustedes/ellos/ellas creyeron (I believed, you believed, she believed, etc.)

Imperfect Indicative of Creer

yo creía, tú creías, usted/él/ella creía, nosotros/as creíamos, vosotros/as creíais, ustedes/ellos/ellas creían (I used to believe, you used to believe, he used to believe, etc.)

Future Indicative of Creer

yo creeré, tú creerás, usted/él/ella creerá, nosotros/as creeremos, vosotros/as creeréis, ustedes/ellos/ellas creerán (I will believe, you will believe, he will believe, etc.)

Conditional of Creer

yo creería, tú creerías, usted/él/ella creería, nosotros/as creeríamos, vosotros/as creeríais, ustedes/ellos/ellas creerían (I would believe, you would believe, she would believe, etc.)

Present Subjunctive of Creer

que yo crea, que tú creas, que usted/él/ella crea, que nosotros/as creamos, que vosotros/as creáis, que ustedes/ellos/ellas crean (that I believe, that you believe, that she believe, etc.)

Imperfect Subjunctive of Creer

que yo creyera (creyese), que tú creyeras (creyeses), que usted/él/ella creyera (creyese), que nosotros/as creyéramos (creyésemos), que vosotros/as creyerais (creyeseis), que ustedes/ellos/ellas creyeran (creyesen) (that I believe, that you believe, that he believe, etc.)

Imperative of Creer

cree (tú), no creas (tú), crea (usted), creamos (nosotros/as), creed (vosotros/as), no creáis (vosotros/as), crean (ustedes) (believe, don't believe, believe, let's believe, etc.)

Compound Tenses of Creer

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

Sample Sentences Showing Conjugation of Creer and Similar Verbs

No puedo creer que lo hayamos hecho. (I can't believe we did it. Infinitive.)

He leído todos sus artículos. (I have read all of her articles. Present perfect.)

Posees muchos talentos pero no eres lo suficientemente tenaz para explotarlos. (You have many talents, but you aren't perseverant enough to take advantage of them. Present indicative.)

Los escritores proveyeron muchas clarificaciones como esa. (The writers provided many clarifications like that one. Preterite.)

Creían que era un perro perdido pero la realidad era muy diferente. (They believed he was a lost dog, but the reality was much different. Imperfect.)

Lo creeré cuando lo vea. (I'll believe it when I see it. Future.)

La abogada leería los contratos buscando una cláusula de revocación. (The lawyer would read the contracts looking for a revocation clause. Conditional.)

La felicidad no se encuentran en los bienes que poseamos. (Happiness isn't found in the goods we possess. Present subjunctive.)

Era una manera para que proveyeran para sus familias de una manera digna. (It was one way for them provide for their families in a dignified manner. Imperfect subjunctive.)

¡Lee este libro! (Read this book! Imperative.)