Poner Conjugation: Present Tense, Future & Past Participle

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.

Where do you put this? Where will you put that? The verb 'to put' in Spanish is ''poner''. In this lesson you will learn how to conjugate the verb ''poner'' in the present and future tense. You will also learn how to create the past participle.

Where Do You Put This?

Soraya is helping her friend Lisa move into her new apartment. There are a lot of things that need to be put away. The verb poner is Spanish for 'to put'. In this lesson we'll learn how to conjugate the verb poner and check in on Soraya and Lisa to see where they put Lisa's things.

Let's look at how to conjugate the verb poner before listening in on some examples.

Poner in the Present Tense

The present tense is used to talk about habits and actions that happen in the present. The verb poner is regular in the present tense, except when conjugating for the subject yo.

Subject Pronoun Present Tense Pronunciation Translation
yo pongo PONE-go I put
pones PONE-ace You (informal) put
él, ella, usted pone PONE-ay He, she puts, you (formal) put
nosotros/nosotras ponemos pone-AY-mose We put
vosotros/vosotras ponéis pone-AY-ees You (plural, informal) put
ellos, ellas, ustedes ponen PONE-en They (male,female), you (plural, informal) put

Note: All verbs are conjugated in the indicative.

Examples in the Present

Here are a few examples of poner in the present tense. Remember that in Spanish, pronouns are only used when necessary to show who is speaking. For example, you would need to specify the pronoun for the third person singular (él, ella, usted), but not for the first person (yo).

  • Pongo mis libros en el estante. (I put my books in the bookcase.)

I put my books in the bookcase.
pongo mis libros

  • Ponen sus abrigos en el armario. (They put their coats in the closet.)
  • ¿Donde pones tus llaves? (Where do you put your keys?)

Note: Poner atención means 'to pay attention'. For example, Ponemos atención al programa. (We pay attention to the program.)

Now let's check in on Soraya and Lisa. They are unpacking boxes in Lisa's new kitchen, and there are lots of things to put away:

Soraya: Me encantan tus platos azules. ¿Donde los pongo? (I love your blue plates. Where do I put them?)

Lisa: Hmmm, mi mamá siempre los pone al lado del lavabo, entonces puedes ponerlos allí. (Hmm, my mom always puts them beside the sink, so you can put them there.)

Soraya: Muy bien. ¿Pones las tazas en el mismo lugar? (Very good. Do you put the cups in the same place?)

Lisa: No, los pongo arriba del lavabo. (No, I put them above the sink.)

Poner in the Future Tense

The future tense is used to talk about things that will happen in the future. The verb poner is irregular in the future tense. It follows the same pattern as the verb tener.

Subject Pronoun Future Tense Pronunciation Translation
yo pondré pone-DRAY I will put
pondrás pone-DRAS You (informal) will put
él, ella, usted pondrá pone-DRA He,she, you (formal) will put
nosotros/nosotras pondremos pone-DRAY-mose we will put
vosotros/vosotras pondréis pone-DRAY-ees You (plural, informal) will put
ellos, ellas, ustedes pondrán pone-DRAHN They (male,female), you (plural, informal) will put

Note: All verbs are conjugated in the indicative.

Examples in the Future

Here are some examples of poner in future tense:

  • Pondremos las sillas aquí. (We will put the chairs here.)
  • Pondré toda la fruta en la canasta. (I will put all the fruit in the basket.)
  • Pondrán atención al maestro. (They will pay attention to the teacher.)

They will pay attention to the teacher.
poner atencion

Now let's check back in Soraya and Lisa. They are in Lisa's new bedroom trying to figure out where things will go:

Lisa: Pondré una silla al lado de la cama, pero también quiero un escritorio. (I will put a chair next to the bed, but I also want a desk.)

Soraya: Creo que sería mejor poner la silla y mesa al lado de la puerta. Tienes más espacio allí. (I think it would be better to put the chair next to the door. You have more space there.)

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