Ofrecer Conjugation: Preterite & Subjunctive

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 'ofrecer' means 'to offer.' Learn how to use this verb in context and tell stories in the past with its preterite, or express wishes and possibilities with its present subjunctive.

Using the Verb Ofrecer

Let's say your friend invites you to have dinner at her place and you want to lend her a hand. You both talk about work and your friend tells you that she hopes you get offered a better job. The following day, she says that you were very kind for offering to help. To talk about these situations in Spanish, we can use the verb ofrecer (pronounced: oh-freh-SEHR), which means 'to offer.' As in English, you can use this verb to say that someone offered help, advice, or an apology, or that you were offered a new opportunity.

This lesson explains the conjugation of ofrecer in the preterite and the present subjunctive, as well as tips and examples on using it adequately in context.

Translation: To offer a job.

Preterite of Ofrecer

We use the preterite to talk about finished actions in the past. For example, you could say that your boss offered you a better position or that you offered to help your friend with dinner.

Ofrecer is regular in this tense, so to form its preterite just take its stem (ofrec-) and add the endings below:

VERB: ofrecer (oh-freh-SEHR) - to offer

Pronunciation Translation
yo ofrecí (oh-freh-SEE) I offered
ofreciste (oh-freh-SEES-teh) you offered
ofrec (oh-freh-SYOH) he/she offered
you (formal) offered
ofrecimos (oh-freh-SEE-mohs) we offered
ofrecisteis (oh-freh-SEES-tays) you all offered
ofrecieron (oh-freh-SYEH-rohn) they offered
you all offered

Note: The form vosotros/as is only used in Spain when addressing more than one person in informal situations. In the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, everyone uses the form ustedes.

Examples of Ofrecer in the Preterite

Laura and Fernando have met to catch up with a coffee. They talk about recent changes in their lives.

Laura: Tengo buenas noticias. (I've got good news.) Me ofrecieron un ascenso la semana pasada. (They offered me a promotion last week.)

Fernando: ¡Enhorabuena! (Congratulations!) Te lo mereces. (You deserve it.) A mí mi jefe me ofreció un nuevo proyecto. (My boss offered me a new project.) Carlos y yo ofrecimos algunos consejos para mejorar la organización de la empresa y van a llevarlos a cabo. (Carlos and I offered some advice to improve the company's organization and they're going to carry it out.)

Laura: ¡Genial! (Great!) Me alegro mucho por ti. (I'm very happy for you.) Siempre ofreciste buenas ideas. (You always offered good ideas.)

Fernando: ¡Gracias! (Thank you!) Por cierto, Miriam organiza una fiesta el sábado. (By the way, Miriam is organizing a party on Saturday.) ¿Vienes? (Are you coming?)

Laura: Sí, le ofrecí mi ayuda con los preparativos. (Yes, I offered her my help with the preparations.)

Translation: They offered us a new project.

Note: When mentioning to whom something is offered, use the indirect pronouns me/te/le/nos/os/les IN FRONT of the verb. For example: Me ofreció un nuevo proyecto (He offered me a new project) or Le ofrecí ayuda (I offered him/her help).

Present Subjunctive of Ofrecer

The subjunctive is a set of verbal forms we use to express subjective information, such as wishes or hopes, or to talk about possibilities.

To form the present subjunctive, we need to use the irregular stem ofrezc-, to which we'll add the endings shown below:

VERB: ofrecer (oh-freh-SEHR) - to offer

Pronunciation Translation
yo ofrezca (oh-FREHS-kah) I offer
ofrezcas (oh-FREHS-kahs) you offer
ofrezca (oh-FREHS-kah) he/she offers -
you (formal) offer
ofrezcamos (oh-frehs-KAH-mohs) we offer
ofrezcáis (oh-frehs-KIYS) you all offer
ofrezcan (oh-FREHS-kahn) they offer
you all offer

Uses & Examples of Ofrecer in the Subjunctive

Let's take a look at the different ways in which you can use the present subjunctive of ofrecer.

Expressing Wishes

To express wishes or hope, use these introductory expressions followed by a subjunctive form:

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