Andar Conjugation: Preterite & Future Tense

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.

The verb 'andar' means 'to walk' and we often need to use it in the preterite to say that we 'walked'. Also, we often need it in the future to tell that we 'will walk'. This lesson covers both tenses for this verb along with examples.

'Walked' vs. 'Will Walk'

Think about the last time you walked. You use the preterite tense when you talk about the last time you walked, whether it was yesterday, this morning, last night, last weekend, etc.

Now think about the next time you 'will walk' somewhere. You use the future tense to talk about that next time, whether that is tomorrow, this afternoon, in ten minutes, etc.

Now, let's learn both tenses in Spanish for the verb andar (ahn-DAHR, 'to walk'). This verb means 'to walk', as in using your legs to get somewhere. Also, this verb means 'to walk around' as in when you move from place to place to look at things or to accomplish something specific.

The conjugation tables here include a pronunciation guide with the most stressed syllable in capitals. As we learn each tense, we have some practical examples so you can use this verb in real conversations.

Preterite of Andar

Subject Pronoun Conjugation Pronunciation Means
yo anduve ahn-DOO-beh I walked
anduviste ahn-doo-BEES-teh you (informal, singular) walked
él/ella, usted anduvo ahn-DOO-boh he/she walked, you (formal, singular) walked
nosotros/nosotras anduvimos ahn-doo-BEE-mohs We (masculine/feminine) walked
vosotros/vosotras anduvisteis ahn-doo-BEES-teh-ees You (informal, plural) walked
ellos/ellas, ustedes anduvieron ahn-doo-bee-EH-rohn they (masculine/feminine) walked, you (formal, plural) walked

Remember that people in Spain prefer the use of vosotros as opposed to ustedes, which is the rule in Latin America.

Now, let's look at some examples:

  • Yo anduve en el mercado ayer. (I walked around in the market yesterday)
  • Tú anduviste mucho esta mañana. (You walked a lot this morning)
  • Mario anduvo por Argentina en las vacaciones. (Mario walked around in Argentina during the vacation)
  • Mi hermano y yo anduvimos de compras esta mañana. (My brother and I walked around shopping this morning)
  • Vosotros anduvisteis solos por la carretera. (You walked alone on the highway)
  • Ellos anduvieron por dos horas buscando información. (They walked around for two hours looking for information)

If you want to form a negative sentence, all you have to do is add no in front of andar. For example: Yo no anduve mucho para encontrar la oficina. (I didn't walk around a lot to find the office)

The tourists walked at the park all day.

Now, let's talk about when we 'will' walk next.

Future of Andar

Subject Pronoun Conjugation Pronunciation Means
yo andaré ahn-dah-REH I will walk
andarás ahn-dah-RAHS you (informal, singular) will walk
él/ella, usted andará ahn-dah-RAH he/she will walk, you (formal, singular) will walk
nosotros/nosotras andaremos ahn-dah-REH-mohs We (masculine/feminine) will walk
vosotros/vosotras andaréis ahn-dah-REH-ees You (informal, plural) will walk
ellos/ellas, ustedes andarán ahn-dah-RAHN they (masculine/feminine) will walk, you (formal, plural) will walk

Let's use the same examples as above but we turn them into future:

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