Levantar Conjugation: Preterite & Subjunctive

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.

The verb ''levantar'' means 'to lift' or 'to raise'. If you have ever raised your hand or lifted a box, you have had reason to use the verb ''levantar''. This lesson will show you how to conjugate ''levantar'' in the preterite and the present tense subjunctive.

Let's Learn About Levantar

Have you ever raised your hand to ask for something. Or maybe you have lifted weights to build muscle. The verb you would use to express these things in Spanish is levantar (lay-bahn-TAR). In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate levantar in the indicative preterite and present subjunctive tenses.

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Levantar in the Indicative Preterite Tense

The indicative preterite tense is used to discuss things that happened once in the past. It is often called the short term past. Levantar follows the regular pattern for -ar verbs in this tense.

VERB: levantar (lay-bahn-TAR) to raise; to lift

Indicative Preterite Tense Pronunciation Translation
yo levanté lay-bahn-TAY I raised/lifted
levantaste lay-bahn-TAH-stay You (informal) raised/lifted
él, ella,
levantó lay-bahn-TOH He, she, you (formal) raised/lifted
levantamos lay-bahn-TAH-mose We raised/lifted
levantasteis lay-bahn-tah-STAY-ees You (plural, informal) raised/lifted
ellos, ellas,
levantaron lay-bahn-TAH-rone They (male, female), you (plural, informal) raised/lifted

Note: The reflexive form of levantar is levantarse and means 'to get up'. For example: Me levanto a las siete. (I get up at 7 o'clock.)

Examples of Levantar in the Indicative Preterite Tense

  • Levanté la mano, pero la maestro no me vió. (I raised my hand, but the teacher didn't see me.)
  • Pedro levantó pesas ayer por la primera vez. (Pedro lifted weights yesterday for the first time.)
  • ¿Por qué no levantaste tus preocupaciones sobre la presentación? (Why didn't you raise your concerns about the presentation?)
  • Os levantasteis demasiado tarde para ver el amanecer. (You all got up too late to see the sunrise.)
  • Los jefes levantaron la prohibición de celulares en la oficina. (The bosses lifted the ban on cellphones in the office.)
  • No levantamos los muebles pesados. Los dejamos para los transportistas. (We didn't lift the heavy furniture. We left them for the movers.)

Translation=The girl and her dog did not get up when the alarm went off.
girl gets up

Levantar in the Present Subjunctive Tense

The subjunctive is used to talk about actions that might happen or that we wish would happen. We also use the subjunctive tense to talk about how we feel about things that happened. The present subjunctive of levantar is regular.

VERB: levantar (lay-bahn-TAR) to raise; to lift

Subjunctive Present Tense Pronunciation Translation
yo levante lay-BAHN-tay I raise/lift
levantes lay-BAHN-tays You (informal) raise/lift
él, ella,
levante lay-BAHN-tay He, she raises/lifts, you (formal) raise/lift
levantemos lay-bahn-TAY-mose We raise/lift
levantéis lay-bahn-TAY-ees You (plural, informal) raise/lift
ellos, ellas,
levanten lay-BAHN-ten They (male, female), you (plural, informal) raise/lift

Note: The conjugation for yo and the third person singular are the same in this tense.

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