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Acordarse Present Tense Conjugation

Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

''Acordarse'' means 'to remember'. You often use this verb in Spanish to express things you recall. This is a reflexive verb and this lesson displays an easy table to help you conjugate it in the present tense.

You Have it in Your Memory

These days we use electronic devices to send us alerts about something we need to remember. However, we can always exercise our brain and use our memory instead. The verb acordarse (ah-kohr-DAHR-seh) means 'to remember' and is used by Spanish speakers to express that one remembers someone or something. Mostly, acordarse serves to express that one has something in one's memory, like a storage place.

By the way, in case you are wondering 'what about recordar?' Well, recordar also means 'to remember' but it is more appropriate to express a fond memory. To illustrate, think about this example: 'I remember my grandfather' would be more appropriate with recordar in Spanish. Conversely, 'I remember the cashier at the bank' would be more appropriate with acordarse in Spanish.

Now that you have this knowledge in your memory, let's learn how to conjugate acordarse in the present tense, which needs a reflexive pronoun because acordarse is a reflexive verb.

Present Tense of Acordarse and Uses

Subject Pronoun Reflexive Pronoun Acordarse Conjugation Pronunciation Translation
yo me acuerdo meh ah-KWEHR-doh I remember
te acuerdas teh ah-KWEHR-dahs You (informal, singular) remember
él/ella
usted
se acuerda seh ah-KWEHR-dah He/She remembers, you (formal, singular) remember
nosotros
nosotras
nos acordamos nohs ah-kohr-DAH-mohs We remember
vosotros
vosotras
os acordáis ohs ah-kohr-DAH-ees You (informal, plural) remember
ellos/ellas
ustedes
se acuerdan seh ah-KWEHR-dahn They/You (formal, plural) remember

You use the present tense of acordarse to express that you 'remember' someone or something with certain frequency, always, never, or habitually.

Before you continue, practice the pronunciation a couple of times and as you see, the most stressed syllable is in capital letters.

Now, we are going to take a look at a few practical examples. Notice that when we use yo or as well nosotros and vosotros, you don't HAVE to use these personal pronouns. You can drop them because the reflexive pronoun already indicates the person who does the action of acordarse.

Let's go ahead with the examples.

Practical Examples and Tips

Francisco, who is from Mexico, never uses an electronic device to remind him of his daily duties. He has a great memory, which we can deduce from what he says:

  • Todos los días, me acuerdo de las reuniones que tiene mi jefe. (Everyday, I remember the meetings my boss has.)
  • También, me acuerdo de todos los números de extensión de la compañía. (Also, I remember all the extension numbers at the company.)
  • Además, me acuerdo de todas las fechas importantes, incluso mi aniversario de bodas y el cumpleaños de mi esposa. (Further, I remember all the important dates, including my wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday).

Tip: from what Francisco says, we note that when you express that you remember someone or something, you use the preposition de after the verb acordarse.

However, when we ask about Francisco's wife, the story is different. She is very forgetful. Her name is Alicia and this is what Francisco says:

Alicia nunca se acuerda de las fechas importantes. (Alicia never remembers the important dates.)

  • Ella no se acuerda de nuestro aniversario o de mi cumpleaños. (She doesn't remember our anniversary or my birthday).

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