Levantarse Conjugation: Preterite & Command

Instructor: Elena Sacramento Lechado

Elena has a PhD in linguistics from University of La Laguna (Spain). Currently, she teaches Spanish as a foreign language and creates teaching resources.

The Spanish verb 'levantarse' means 'to get up.' Learn how to talk about past events with its preterite and give commands with its imperative through familiar conversations and situations.

Time to Get Up!

Are you an early riser or a night owl? What time did you get up this morning? Do you usually have to tell others to get up or does it happen the other way around? You'll need the verb levantarse (pronounced: leh-bahn-TAHR-seh) to talk about this with Spanish speakers.

In this lesson, we study its reflexive conjugation in the preterite to talk about past events, and its imperative, with which you'll be able to give orders and make suggestions.

Translation: To get up late.
doce

Preterite of Levantarse

Use the preterite to talk about finished actions in the past. For example, you can say at what time you got up yesterday or that you were very tired this morning when you got up.

To form it, we'll use its stem levant-, to which we'll add the endings below. But since levantarse is a reflexive verb, we'll need to add the reflexive pronouns (me/te/se/nos/os/se) IN FRONT of every conjugated form.

VERB: levantarse (leh-bahn-TAHR-seh) - to get up

Subject
Pronoun
Preterite
Conjugation
Pronunciation Translation
yo me levanté (meh leh-bahn-TEH) I got up
te levantaste (teh leh-bahn-TAHS-teh) you got up
él/ella
usted
se levantó (seh leh-bahn-TOH) he/she got up
you (formal) got up
nosotros/
nosotras
nos levantamos (nohs leh-bahn-TAH-mohs) we got up
vosotros/
vosotras
os levantasteis (ohs leh-bahn-TAHS-tays) you all got up
ellos/ellas
ustedes
se levantaron (seh leh-bahn-TAH-rohn) they got up
you all got up

Note: Only Spaniards use the form vosotros/as when addressing more than one person in informal situations. In the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, everyone uses the form ustedes.

Example Conversation

Daniela is exhausted today. Her friend Sandra, instead, woke up full of energy.

Daniela: Esta mañana me levanté muy cansada. (This morning I got up very tired.)

Sandra: ¿A qué hora te levantaste? (What time did you get up?)

Daniela: A las ocho, pero no dormí bien. (At 8, but I didn't sleep well.)

Sandra: Pues en casa nos levantamos muy temprano hoy. (Well, all of us at home got up very early today.)

Daniela: ¿Sí? (Did you?) ¿A qué hora se levantaron? (What time did you (all) get up?)

Sandra: Mi padre se levantó antes de las siete y preparó el café y el desayuno para todos. (My father got up before 7 and prepared coffee and breakfast for everyone.)

Yo me levanté a las siete y cuarto y mi madre y mi hermano se levantaron un poco más tarde. (I got up at 7:15 and my mother and my brother got up a bit later.)

Translation: My father got up early and prepared coffee.
coffee

Imperative of Levantarse

In Spanish, we use the imperative to give affirmative orders or commands, but also to make suggestions.

Since levantarse is a regular verb, keep using its stem (levant-) to form its imperative.

Note: When a verb is reflexive, its imperative forms have the pronouns ATTACHED at the end, making a single word, and not in front, as in the rest of the tenses.

VERB: levantarse (leh-bahn-TAHR-seh) - to get up

Subject
Pronoun
Imperative Pronunciation Translation
levántate (leh-BAHN-tah-teh) (you) get up
usted levántese (leh-BAHN-teh-seh) (you - formal) get up
nosotros/
nosotras
levantémonos (leh-bahn-TEH-moh-nohs) (we) let's get up
vosotros/
vosotras
levantaos (leh-bahn-TAH-ohs) (you all) get up
ustedes levántense (leh-BAHN-tehn-seh) (you all) get up

Note: Pay attention to the accent mark (´) on every form, except for vosotros/as.

Examples of Commands

Sandra's mom wants to make the most of the weekend with her family. On Friday, she tells everyone:

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