Conjugation of "Seguir"

Verb Follows Unusual Pattern

Quiero leer
Necesito seguir leyendo. (I need to keep on reading.). Luis Avila/Creative Commons

Seguir is a fairly common verb that usually refers to continuing to do something or to following. The only other verbs that follow the same conjugation pattern are verbs based on seguir such as conseguir (to attain or achieve) and perseguir (to pursue, prosecute or persecute).

The conjugation of seguir is similar to that of verbs such as vestir and pedir in that the -e- of the stem sometimes changes to -i-.

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

Infinitive of Seguir

seguir (to continue)

Gerund of Seguir

siguiendo (continuing)

Participle of Seguir

seguido (continued)

Present Indicative of Seguir

yo sigo, tú sigues, usted/él/ella sigue, nosotros/as seguimos, vosotros/as seguís, ustedes/ellos/ellas siguen (I continue, you continue, he continues, etc.)

Preterite of Seguir

yo seguí, tú seguiste, usted/él/ella siguió, nosotros/as seguimos, vosotros/as seguisteis, ustedes/ellos/ellas siguieron (I continued, you continued, she continued, etc.)

Imperfect Indicative of Seguir

yo seguía, tú seguías, usted/él/ella seguía, nosotros/as seguíamos, vosotros/as seguíais, ustedes/ellos/ellas seguían (I used to continue, you used to continue, he used to continue, etc.)

Future Indicative of Seguir

yo seguiré, tú seguirás, usted/él/ella seguirá, nosotros/as seguiremos, vosotros/as seguiréis, ustedes/ellos/ellas seguirán (I will continue, you will continue, he will continue, etc.)

Conditional of Seguir

yo seguiría, tú seguirías, usted/él/ella seguiría, nosotros/as seguiríamos, vosotros/as seguiríais, ustedes/ellos/ellas seguirían (I would continue, you would continue, she would continue, etc.)

Present Subjunctive of Seguir

que yo siga, que tú sigas, que usted/él/ella siga, que nosotros/as sigamos, que vosotros/as sigáis, que ustedes/ellos/ellas sigan (that I continued, that you continued, that she continued, etc.)

Imperfect Subjunctive of Seguir

que yo siguiera (siguiese), que tú siguieras (siguieses), que usted/él/ella siguiera (siguiese), que nosotros/as siguiéramos (siguiésemos), que vosotros/as siguierais (siguieseis), que ustedes/ellos/ellas siguieran (siguiesen) (that I continued, that you continued, that he continued, etc.)

Imperative of Seguir

sigue (tú), no sigas (tú), siga (usted), sigamos (nosotros/as), seguid (vosotros/as), no sigáis (vosotros/as), sigan (ustedes) (continue, don't continue, continue, let's continue, etc.)

Compound Tenses of Seguir

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

Sample Sentences Showing Conjugation of Seguir and Related Verbs

Hay nueve reglas no escritas de Facebook que todos necesitan seguir. (There are nine unwritten Facebook rules that everyone needs to follow. Infinitive.)

Mi experiencia como nutricionista me dice que muchas personas han seguido dietas de adelgazamiento que no les han funcionado, (My experience as a nutritionist tells me that many people have followed weight-loss diets that haven't worked for them. Present perfect.)

Si sigo estudiando estaré lista para mi examen pero muy cansada. (If I keep on studying I will be ready for my test but be very tired. Present indicative.)

¿Estamos siguiendo las recomendaciones de la maestra? Are we following the teacher's recommendations? Present progressive.)

Un enjambre de abejas persiguió durante 48 horas a un auto. (A swarm of bees chased after a car for 48 hours. Preterite.)

Los manifestantes seguían con sus gritos. (The demonstrators continued with their shouts. Imperfect.)

Nunca pensé en renunciar y seguiré luchando. (I will never think about giving up and I will keep on fighting. Future.)

Las encuestas indican que el presidente conseguiría la reelección en República Dominicana. (The polls say that the president would win his re-election in the Dominican Republic. Conditional.)

Todo está organizado para que sigas jugando. (Everything is organized so you can keep on playing. Present subjunctive.)

¿Y qué si persiguiéramos nuestros sueños? (And what if we were to pursue our dreams? Imperfect subjunctive.)

Sigue tu propio camino sin mirar atrás (Continue on your own path without looking backwards. Imperative.)