Cruzar Conjugations: Preterite & Command

Instructor: Raychelle Heath

Raychelle has a BA in Spanish and an MFA in Writing. She has studied in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Mexico. She has taught Spanish in various settings.

Anyone who has ever gone for a walk has had to cross a street or two. The verb 'to cross' in Spanish is ''cruzar.'' This lesson will show you how to conjugate ''cruzar'' in the preterite tense.

Where Do We Cross?

One of the first things we learn as children is how to cross the street. When we cross, there are certain rules we must follow to be safe. The verb 'to cross' in Spanish is cruzar (kru-SAR). This lesson will show you how to conjugate cruzar in the preterite tense. You will also learn how to conjugate cruzar in the command form.

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Cruzar in the Preterite Tense

Verbs in the preterite tense show actions that happen in the short term past. The verb cruzar is almost completely regular in the preterite tense but has a -z to -c spelling shift for the pronoun yo.

VERB: cruzar (kru-SAR) to cross

Subject
Pronoun
Preterite Tense Pronunciation Translation
yo crucé kru-SAY I crossed
cruzaste kru-SAH-stay You (informal) crossed
él, ella,
usted
cruzó kru-SOH He, she, you (formal) crossed
nosotros
nosotras
cruzamos kru-SAH-mose We crossed
vosotros
vosotras
cruzasteis kru-sah-STAY-ees You (plural, informal) crossed
ellos, ellas,
ustedes
cruzaron kru-SAH-rone They (male, female), you (plural, informal) crossed

Examples of Cruzar in the Preterite Tense

  • Cruzamos en frente de la iglesia para llegar al mercado. (We crossed in front of the church in order to arrive at the market.)
  • Pedro cruzó los dedos antes de hacer su examen. (Pedro crossed his fingers before doing his exam.)
  • ¿Por qué cruzaste en el medio de la calle? Eso es peligroso. (Why did you cross in the middle of the street? That is dangerous.)
  • Me olvidé mi cita porque se me cruzaron los cables. (I forgot my appointment because I got mixed up.)
  • Me perdí llegando a tu casa porque crucé la calle equivocada. (I got lost arriving at your house because I crossed the wrong street.)

Translation=Why not cross over the hanging bridge?
cruzasteis el puente

Cruzar in the Command Form

The command or imperative form is used to give people orders to do things. There is no yo command because one does not command oneself. The implied subject for most commands is 'you.'

VERB: cruzar (kru-SAR) to cross

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