Conjugation of 'Querer'

Common Verb Is Highly Irregular

Cathedral in Guadalajara
Quiero ir a Guadalajara. (I want to go to Guadalajara.). Ari Helminen/Creative Commons.

The conjugation of querer, a common Spanish verb that usually means to want, to wish, to love or to like, is highly irregular. Both its stem and endings often depart from the norm in unpredictable ways.

The only other verbs that are conjugated in the same way as querer are three verbs derived from it: bienquerer (to like or be fond of), desquerer (to cease wanting or loving) and malquerer (to dislike).

None of them are particularly common.

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

Infinitive of Querer

querer (to want)

Gerund of Querer

queriendo (wanting)

Participle of Querer

querido (wanted). Malquerer and bienquerer have, in addition to regular participles, bienquisto and malquisto, respectively.

Present Indicative of Querer

yo quiero, tú quieres, usted/él/ella quiere, nosotros/as queremos, vosotros/as queréis, ustedes/ellos/ellas quieren (I want, you want, he wants, etc.)

Preterite of Querer

yo quise, tu quisiste, usted/él/ella quiso, nosotros/as quisimos, vosotros/as quisisteis, ustedes/ellos/ellas quisieron (I want, you want, she want, etc.)

Imperfect Indicative of Querer

yo quería, tú querías, usted/él/ella quería, nosotros/as queríamos, vosotros/as queríais, ustedes/ellos/ellas querían (I used to want, you used to want, he used to want, etc.)

Future Indicative of Querer

yo querré, tú querrás, usted/él/ella querrá, nosotros/as querremos, vosotros/as querréis, ustedes/ellos/ellas querrán (I will want, you will want, he will want, etc.)

Conditional of Querer

yo quería, tú querías, usted/él/ella quería, nosotros/as queríamos, vosotros/as queríais, ustedes/ellos/ellas querían (I would want, you would want, she would want, etc.)

Present Subjunctive of Querer

yo querré, tú querrás, usted/él/ella querrá, nosotros/as querremos, vosotros/as querréis, ustedes/ellos/ellas querrán (that I want, that you want, that she want, etc.)

Imperfect Subjunctive of Querer

que yo quisiera (quisiese), que tú quisieras (quisieses), que usted/él/ella quisiera (quisiese), que nosotros/as quisiéramos (quisiésemos), que vosotros/as quisierais (quisieseis), que ustedes/ellos/ellas quisieran (quisiesen) (that I wanted, that you wanted, that he wanted, etc.)

Imperative of Querer

quiere, no quieras, quiera, queramos, quered, no queráis, quieran (want, don't want, want, let's want, etc.)

Compound Tenses of Querer

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

Sample Sentences Showing Conjugation of Querer and Related Verbs

Quiero una boda perfecta. (I want a perfect wedding. Infinitive.)

Katrina siempre ha querido escribir una novela. (Katrina has always wanted to write a novel. Present perfect.)

Todos los niños quieren sentirse importantes. (All children wish to feel important. Present indicative.)

Ni quiero ni desquiero que leas la carta.

(I neither want nor don't want you to read the letter. Present indicative.)

Ella y yo quisimos ser inmortales desde el primer día que nos conocimos. (She and I wanted to be immortal since the first day we met. Preterite.)

Querían que yo fuese vocero de la oposición contra el gobierno. (They wanted me to be a government opposition spokesperson. Imperfect.)

El granjero pensaba que la tierra lo malquería. (The farmer thought that the ground didn't like him. Imperfect.)

Te querré cuando no seas joven y bella. (I will love you when you're not young and beautiful. Future.)

No tengo ni idea de lo que querían. (I have no idea of what they would wish for. Conditional.)

Espero que querrá continuar combatiendo. (I hope he wants to keep on fighting.) Present subjunctive.)