Conjugation of 'Traer'

Irregular Forms Often Insert a Y, G or J

maracas from Guadalajara
Mis padres me trajeron las maracas de Guadalajara. (My parents brought me the maracas from Guadalajara.). Paco Navarro/Getty Images

Traer is the most common Spanish verb that means "to bring." Its stem changes in a way that isn't readily predictable.

Other verbs that are conjugated in the same pattern include abstraer (to think about abstractly), atraer (to attract), contraer (to shrink), distraer (to distract), extraer (to extract), retraer (to dissuade or retract), and sustraer (to remove).

Irregular forms are shown below in boldface.

Translations are given as a guide and in real life may vary with context.

Infinitive of Traer

traer (to bring)

Gerund of Traer

trayendo (bringing)

Participle of Traer

traído (brought)

Present Indicative of Traer

Present indicative (presente del indicativo): yo traigo, tú traes, usted/él/ella trae, nosotros/as traemos, vosotros/as traéis, ustedes/ellos/ellas traen (I bring, you bring, he brings, etc.)

Preterite of Traer

yo traje, tú trajiste, usted/él/ella trajo, nosotros/as trajimos, vosotros/as trajisteis, ustedes/ellos/ellas trajeron (I brought, you brought, she brought, etc.)

Imperfect Indicative of Traer

yo traía, tú traías, usted/él/ella traía, nosotros/as traíamos, vosotros/as traíais, ustedes/ellos/ellas traían (I used to bring, you used to bring, he used to bring, etc.)

Future Indicative of Traer

yo traeré, tú traerás, usted/él/ella traerá, nosotros/as traeremos, vosotros/as traeréis, ustedes/ellos/ellas traerán (I will bring, you will bring, he will bring, etc.)

Conditional of Traer

yo traería, tú traerías, usted/él/ella traería, nosotros/as traeríamos, vosotros/as traeríais, ustedes/ellos/ellas traerían (I would bring, you would bring, she would bring, etc.)

Present Subjunctive of Traer

que yo traiga, que tú traigas, que usted/él/ella traiga, que nosotros/as traigamos, que vosotros/as tragáis, que ustedes/ellos/ellas traigan (that I bring, that you bring, that she bring, etc.)

Imperfect Subjunctive of Traer

que yo trajera (trajese), que tú trajeras (trajeses), que usted/él/ella trajera (trajese), que nosotros/as trajéramos (trajésemos), que vosotros/as trajerais (trajeseis), que ustedes/ellos/ellas trajeran (trajesen) (that I brought, that you brought, that he brought , etc.)

Imperative of Traer

trae (tú), no traigas (tú), traiga (usted), traigamos (nosotros/as), traed (vosotros/as), no tragáis (vosotros/as), traigan (ustedes) (bring, don't bring, bring, let's bring, etc.)

Compound Tenses of Traer

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

Sample Sentences Showing Conjugation of Traer and Related Verbs

Estamos estudiando la posibilidad de traer más especialistas. (We are studying the possibility of bringing in more specialists. Infinitive.)

Estamos trayendo energía y equilibrio superior al equipo. (We are bringing energy and balance to the team. Present progressive.)

No he traído nada. (I haven't brought you anything. Present perfect.)

Le traigo la leche para que se haga un capuchino. (I am bringing you the milk so you can make a cappuccino. Present indicative.)

Me distraen las conversaciones que oigo a mi derecha y a mi izquierda. (The conversations I hear to my right and left distract me. Present indicative.)

Extrajimos unos centímetros cúbicos del líquido. (We extracted a few cubic centimeters of the liquid.) Preterite.)

Mis tíos siempre traían revistas nuevas o algún juguete. (My aunts and uncles always brought some new magazines or some toy. Imperfect.)

La ceremonia atraerá a decenas de miles de personas (The ceremony will draw tens of thousands of people. Future.)

Patricia me distraería pidiéndome de jugar con ella. (Patricia would distract me by asking me to play with her. Conditional.)

Espero que me traigas buenas noticias. (I hope you bring me good news. Present subjunctive.)

Hubo un tiempo en el que era ilegal que las parejas interraciales contrajeran matrimonio.

(There was a time when it was illegal for interracial couples to get married. Imperfect subjunctive.)

Tráelo aquí. (Bring it here. Imperative.)

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