Querer Conjugation: Future & Present Tense
This article includes the Spanish verb “Querer”, which means ‘to want’ or ‘to love’. Learn to express your wishes, make requests, or talk about feelings in the present and future tenses.
Table of Contents
- What is a querer?
- Querer Present Tense
- Querer o No Querer
- Querer Meanings
- How do you use querer?
- What does conjugate mean?
What is a querer?
As a noun, querer means er affection ‘wanting’ or ‘love’ (like a noun in English).
I am told that this use of querer is a bit poetic. This means that you find oddity in its noun form in literature. But that said, the use of querer as a noun in oral communication is not completely absent.
Querer Present Tense
Before using querer in context, you should learn how to combine it properly.
To talk about your desires or what you want now, you need the present tense.
Quer is an irregular verb, meaning that its stem changes when conjugating, so you will need the stem queir – in all its forms, as nosotros/ as and vosotros, where quer- is placed. It is important to note that in Spanish after q is always silent.
|Querer – ”to want/love”|
|Subject Pronouns||Querer Conjugation: Present Simple||Translation|
|yo||quiero (KYEH-roh)||I want/love|
|tú||quieres (KYEH-rehs)||you want/love|
|él/ella/usted||quiere (KYEH-reh)||he/she wants/loves –|
you (formal) want/love
|nosotros/nosotras||queremos (keh-REH-mohs)||we want/love|
|vosotros/vosotras||queréis (keh-RAYS)||you all want/love|
|you all want/love||quieren (KYEH-rehn)||they/you all (formal) want/love|
Let’s take a look at the different meanings of querer depending on the context.
If you are reading this lesson, one thing is clear – you want to learn Spanish. So you can say, “Quiero Aprender Espanol.” ” (” I want to learn Spanish. ”)
You can ask your classmates, ¿Por qué queréis aprender español? ” (”Why do you (all) want to learn Spanish?”)
There are various reasons:
- Quiero recorrer Sudamérica el próximo año. “(I want to travel to South America next year.”)
- ”Mi mujer es española y queremos mudarnos a las Islas Canarias.” (”My wife is Spanish and we want to move to the Canary Islands.”)
- ”Ellos quieren aprender por diversión.” (”They want to learn for fun.”)
”¿Y tú por qué quieres aprender español?” (”And why do you want to learn Spanish?”) For fun, for traveling, or maybe for your job?
Think about how you’d say this in Spanish.
However, there is the phrase ”Te quiero.” You might have heard this expression in movies or songs, but pay attention to the use of the verb querer here, because saying someone ”Te quiero” means ”I love you” without a doubt.
So querer means ”to love” when referring to someone else. There are two possible structures:
- Pronoun (me/te/lo/la/nos/os/los/las) + the conjugated form of quererr
”Lo quiero con locura”. (”I love him madly.”)
”Nos queremos de verdad.” (”We truly love each other.”)
Please note that the pronouns correspond to ”me/you/him/her/us/you (plural)/them (masculine)/them (feminine).”
- The conjugated form of quererr + a + person (or pet!)
”Quiero mucho a mis abuelos.” (”I love my grandparents a lot.”)
”Queremos a nuestro perro.” (”We love our dog.”)
Querer o No Querer
To want or not to want. What are your aspirations in life? What do you want to do We are always discussing what we want and what we do not want to do, in the short or long term.
To talk about these topics in Spanish, you need to learn the verb queré, which means “to want” depending on the context, but also “to love”.
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How do you use querer?
Quererr is an action of love and desire. You can use it to tell someone how much you love them, but you can also use it to say what you want.
Te Quiero translates as “I love you,” and is a phrase that Spanish speakers use to express their love for their friends, family members, and love interests.
It is worth noting that love, in Spanish, is a second verb for the immortal, which occurs regularly and is commonly used to express more passionate love.
Outside of that, if there is something you want or need, you can also use queer, even if not a lot of love is involved.
If you are having a particularly long day, you can say something like Quiero que sea mañana (I want it to be tomorrow), even if there is nothing to love about tomorrow.
You can also find quer in fairly common expressions, some of which are sin quer (accidentally or unknowingly), queer queer decir? (What does it mean?), Dondequiera (wherever), Cuandoquiera (whenever), and Quaalquiera (anyone / whatever).
What does conjugate mean?
Conjugate is what you do to a word to make it agree with other words in a sentence.
In chemistry, conjugate means “to join together.” It can also be an adjective, meaning “joined,” or “joined in pairs,” like the conjugate leaf of an Oak tree.
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Quer is a super useful Spanish verb. The idea of ’wanting’ something is an idea we express on a daily basis.
This week build your knowledge of Spanish practicing all the uses of the present and past querer and its conjugates.
For a little extra inspiration, here’s a translation of Common English:
English: Where there is a will, there is a way.
Español: Quer es Poder.
How can you use the verb querer in a Spanish sentence?