Querer is a very significant verb in Spanish. Querer can mean “to want”, but it can also mean “to love”. The verb querer is irregular, which means it does not follow the usual conjugation patterns.
Querer is a transitive verb, which means it typically takes on only one object. It is followed by either a noun, an infinitive verb (ending in er, ar, or ir), or que + subjunctive. When it comes to conjugation, querer is an irregular, stem-changing er verb.
You can use querer in a sentence by conjugating it or using a verbal. Before we get into the querer conjugation, consider how the three verbals interact with this verb.
Infinitive: querer (to want/to love)
Te voy a querer por toda la vida.
I am going to love you for life.
Gerund: queriendo (wanting/loving)
Mi hijo está queriendo salir.
My son is wanting to leave.
Participle: querido (wanted/loved)
Deberías disfrutar de tu vida, es lo que Annie habría querido.
You should enjoy your life, it is what Annie would have wanted.
Now let’s move towards some basic forms of the verb querer conjugation.
él, ella, Usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes
Despite the fact that querer in the present tense is an irregular verb, all of the conjugations follow the same pattern.
The past preterite form of querer is not commonly used. This is because using the imperfect form when talking about wanting something in the past makes more sense.
The stem is shortened to only querr for the future tense. The future is conjugated as usual from there. Again, this is not a widely used form of the verb querer. When discussing future desires, it is more common to use the “going to” equivalent, which is ir a + infinitive verb.
This past imperfect form of the verb querer is the best way to express past desires. This expresses a longing that existed until a certain point.
Present Subjunctive (that you) want
él, ella, Usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes
The subjunctive form of the Spanish verb querer takes the stem of the first-person present tense, as is customary for irregular verbs. The ending of a plus the regular pattern consonant is then added.
Querer is one of the most commonly used imperfect subjunctive verbs. This is because, unlike other verbs in this form, quisiera can stand alone and has its own meaning.
The conditional form of querer, like the past preterite form, is not widely used. This is because the imperfect subjunctive (quisiera) is more commonly used to express conditional desire.
It is common in Spanish to use the Spanish verb querer in a sentence with no obvious subject. This is due to the fact that the object is implied. So, rather than saying “I want it” or “I want to,” they simply say “quiero.”
This guide was all about how to use basic and advanced forms of the verb Querer conjugation. In order to master them, you need to practice them again and again. We have added a few examples in this guide. Look for other examples as well to enhance your knowledge.
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