Spanish Verb Sentirse Conjugation

Sentirse Conjugation, Usage, and Examples

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Ellos se sienten felices porque ganó su equipo. (They feel happy because their team won). Flashpop / Getty Images

The verb sentirse is a reflexive verb that means to feel. It is used to talk about how someone feels psychologically or physically. For example, Me siento feliz (I feel happy) or Nos sentimos cansados (We feel tired).

This verb can also be used as a non-reflexive verb, sentir, in which case it can have several different meanings. It can mean to feel or sense something, and sometimes it can even mean to taste or hear something. For example, Siento el viento en mi cara (I feel the wind on my face) or Siento sabor a chocolate en la bebida (I taste chocolate flavor in the beverage). Sentir can also mean to be sorry, as in the common expression lo siento (I'm sorry) or Siento que hayamos llegado tarde (I'm sorry that we arrived late).

Sentirse Conjugation

Since sentirse is most often used in its reflexive form, this article includes sentirse conjugations including the reflexive pronouns in the indicative mood (present, past, conditional, and future), the subjunctive mood (present and past), the imperative mood, and other verb forms.

Notice that sentirse is a stem-changing verb. This means that in some conjugations, when the vowel of the stem is in a stressed syllable, the e changes to ie and sometimes i. For example, the present tense first person singular conjugation is me siento, and the preterite third person conjugation singular conjugation is se sintió.

When conjugating sentirse, make sure to avoid confusion with the verb sentarse (to sit down), which has a very similar conjugation.

Present Indicative

When conjugating a reflexive verb, you must always include the reflexive pronoun before each conjugated verb. In the present tense, the stem change e to ie occurs in all the conjugations except nosotros and vosotros.

Yo me siento Yo me siento feliz con mi familia. I feel happy with my family.
te sientes Tú te sientes cansada al final del día. You feel tired at the end of the day.
Usted/él/ella se siente Ella se siente triste por la mala noticia. She feels sad because of the bad news.
Nosotros nos sentimos Nosotros nos sentimos emocionados por el triunfo del equipo. We feel excited about the team's victory.
Vosotros os sentís Vosotros os sentís enfermos después de comer mucho. You feel sick after eating too much.
Ustedes/ellos/ellas se sienten Ellos se sienten relajados en la playa. They feel relaxed at the beach.

Preterite Indicative

You can use the preterite tense to describe completed actions in the past. In the preterite, there is a stem change e to i only for the third person singular and plural conjugations.

Yo me sentí Yo me sentí feliz con mi familia. I felt happy with my family.
te sentiste Tú te sentiste cansada al final del día. You felt tired at the end of the day.
Usted/él/ella se sintió Ella se sintió triste por la mala noticia. She felt sad because of the bad news.
Nosotros nos sentimos Nosotros nos sentimos emocionados por el triunfo del equipo. We felt excited about the team's victory.
Vosotros os sentisteis Vosotros os sentisteis enfermos después de comer mucho. You felt sick after eating too much.
Ustedes/ellos/ellas se sintieron Ellos se sintieron relajados en la playa. They felt relaxed at the beach.

Imperfect Indicative

You can use the imperfect tense to describe actions in the past that were ongoing or repeated. It can be translated as "was feeling" or "used to feel." There are no stem changes in the imperfect.

Yo me sentía Yo me sentía feliz con mi familia. I used to feel happy with my family.
te sentías Tú te sentías cansada al final del día. You used to feel tired at the end of the day.
Usted/él/ella se sentía Ella se sentía triste por la mala noticia. She used to feel sad because of the bad news.
Nosotros nos sentíamos Nosotros nos sentíamos emocionados por el triunfo del equipo. We used to feel excited about the team's victory.
Vosotros os sentíais Vosotros os sentíais enfermos después de comer mucho. You used to feel sick after eating too much.
Ustedes/ellos/ellas se sentían Ellos se sentían relajados en la playa. They used to feel relaxed at the beach.

Future Indicative

The future tense is conjugated with the infinitive form and the future tense endings (é, ás, á, emos, éis, án). There are no stem changes in the future tense, since the base for this conjugation is the complete infinitive, sentir.

Yo me sentiré Yo me sentiré feliz con mi familia. I will feel happy with my family.
te sentirás Tú te sentirás cansada al final del día. You will feel tired at the end of the day.
Usted/él/ella se sentirá Ella se sentirá triste por la mala noticia. She will feel sad because of the bad news.
Nosotros nos sentiremos Nosotros nos sentiremos emocionados por el triunfo del equipo. We will feel excited about the team's victory.
Vosotros os sentiréis Vosotros os sentiréis enfermos después de comer mucho. You will feel sick after eating too much.
Ustedes/ellos/ellas se sentirán Ellos se sentirán relajados en la playa. They will feel relaxed at the beach.

Periphrastic Future Indicative 

The periphrastic future tense consists of three components, the verb ir (to go), the preposition a, and the infinitive sentir. The reflexive pronoun should be placed before the conjugated verb ir (to go).

Yo me voy a sentir Yo me voy a sentir feliz con mi familia. I am going to feel happy with my family.
te vas a sentir Tú te vas a sentir cansada al final del día. You are going to feel tired at the end of the day.
Usted/él/ella se va a sentir Ella se va a sentir triste por la mala noticia. She is going to feel sad because of the bad news.
Nosotros nos vamos a sentir Nosotros nos vamos a sentir emocionados por el triunfo del equipo. We are going to feel excited about the team's victory.
Vosotros os vais a sentir Vosotros os vais a sentir enfermos después de comer mucho. You are going to feel sick after eating too much.
Ustedes/ellos/ellas se van a sentir Ellos se van a sentir relajados en la playa. They are going to feel relaxed at the beach.

Present Progressive/Gerund Form

The gerund or present participle can be used as an adverb or to form progressive tenses like the present progressive. For reflexive verbs in progressive tenses there are two options for placing the reflexive pronoun: before the conjugated auxiliary verb estar, or attached to the end of the present participle. Notice that the gerund for sentir has the stem change e to i.

Present Progressive of Sentirse se está sintiendo / está sintiéndose Ella se está sintiendo triste por la mala noticia. She is feeling sad because of the bad news.

Past Participle

The past participle can be used in perfect tenses like the present perfect. Note that the reflexive pronoun has to go before the conjugated auxiliary verb haber.

Present Perfect of Sentirse se ha sentido Ella se ha sentido triste por la mala noticia. She has felt sad because of the bad news.

Conditional Indicative

The conditional tense is usually translated as "would + verb."

Yo me sentiría Yo me sentiría feliz con mi familia si nos lleváramos bien. I would feel happy with my family if we got along.
te sentirías Tú te sentirías cansada al final del día si hicieras ejercicio. You would feel tired at the end of the day if you worked out.
Usted/él/ella se sentiría Ella se sentiría triste por la mala noticia, pero no tiene sentimientos. She would feel sad because of the bad news, but she has no feelings.
Nosotros nos sentiríamos Nosotros nos sentiríamos emocionados por el triunfo del equipo si ganáramos. We would feel excited about the team's victory if we won.
Vosotros os sentiríais Vosotros os sentiríais enfermos después de comer mucho, pero comisteis comida liviana. You would feel sick after eating too much, but you ate light food.
Ustedes/ellos/ellas se sentirían Ellos se sentirían relajados en la playa si pudieran descansar. They would feel relaxed at the beach if they could rest.

Present Subjunctive

Notice that in the present subjunctive all the conjugations have a stem change. However, the nosotros and vosotros conjugations only change from e to i, while the rest change from e to ie.

Que yo me sienta Mi padre espera que yo me sienta feliz con mi familia. My father hopes that I feel happy with my family.
Que tú te sientas El jefe espera que que tú no te sientas cansada al final del día. The boss hopes that you do not feel tired at the end of the day.
Que usted/él/ella se sienta Eric espera que ella no se sienta triste por la mala noticia. Eric hopes that she doesn't feel sad because of the bad news.
Que nosotros nos sintamos El entrenador sugiere que nosotros nos sintamos emocionados por el triunfo del equipo. The coach suggests that we feel excited about the team's victory.
Que vosotros os sintáis Laura espera que vosotros no os sintáis enfermos después de comer mucho. Laura hopes that you don't feel sick after eating too much.
Que ustedes/ellos/ellas se sientan David recomienda que ellas se sientan relajadas en la playa. David recommends that they feel relaxed at the beach.

Imperfect Subjunctive

You can conjugate the imperfect subjunctive in two different ways; both forms require the stem change e to i.

Option 1

Que yo me sintiera Mi padre esperaba que yo me sintiera feliz con mi familia. My father hoped that I would feel happy with my family.
Que tú te sintieras El jefe esperaba que tú no te sintieras cansada al final del día. The boss hoped that you did not feel tired at the end of the day.
Que usted/él/ella se sintiera Eric esperaba que ella no se sintiera triste por la mala noticia. Eric hoped that she didn't feel sad because of the bad news.
Que nosotros nos sintiéramos El entrenador sugería que nosotros nos sintiéramos emocionados por el triunfo del equipo. The coach suggested that we feel excited about the team's victory.
Que vosotros os sintierais Laura esperaba que vosotros no os sintierais enfermos después de comer mucho. Laura hoped that you didn't feel sick after eating too much.
Que ustedes/ellos/ellas se sintieran David recomendaba que ellas se sintieran relajadas en la playa. David recommended that they feel relaxed at the beach.

Option 2

Que yo me sintiese Mi padre esperaba que yo me sintiese feliz con mi familia. My father hoped that I would feel happy with my family.
Que tú te sintieses El jefe esperaba que que tú no te sintieses cansada al final del día. The boss hoped that you did not feel tired at the end of the day.
Que usted/él/ella se sintiese Eric esperaba que ella no se sintiese triste por la mala noticia. Eric hoped that she didn't feel sad because of the bad news.
Que nosotros nos sintiésemos El entrenador sugería que nosotros nos sintiésemos emocionados por el triunfo del equipo. The coach suggested that we feel excited about the team's victory.
Que vosotros os sintieseis Laura esperaba que vosotros no os sintieseis enfermos después de comer mucho. Laura hoped that you didn't feel sick after eating too much.
Que ustedes/ellos/ellas se sintiesen David recomendaba que ellas se sintiesen relajadas en la playa. David recommended that they feel relaxed at the beach.

Sentirse Imperative

To give direct orders or commands you can use the imperative mood. For reflexive verbs you must be careful where the pronoun is placed: in positive commands, it goes after the verb, while in negative commands, it goes before the verb.

Positive Commands

siéntete ¡Siéntete cansado al final del día! Feel tired at the end of the day!
Usted siéntase ¡Siéntase triste por la mala noticia! Feel sad because of the bad news!
Nosotros sintámonos ¡Sintámonos emocionados por el triunfo del equipo! Let's feel excited about the team's victory!
Vosotros sentidos ¡Sentidos enfermos después de comer mucho! Feel sick after eating too much!
Ustedes siéntanse ¡Siéntanse relajados en la playa! Feel relaxed at the beach!

Negative Commands

no te sientas ¡No te sientas cansado al final del día! Don't feel tired at the end of the day!
Usted no se sienta ¡No se sienta triste por la mala noticia! Don't feel sad because of the bad news!
Nosotros no nos sintamos ¡No nos sintamos emocionados por el triunfo del equipo! Let's not feel excited about the team's victory!
Vosotros no os sintáis ¡No os sintáis enfermos después de comer mucho! Don't feel sick after eating too much!
Ustedes no se sientan ¡No se sientan relajados en la playa! Don't feel relaxed at the beach!