Quedar Conjugation: Preterite & Subjunctive

Instructor: Elena Sacramento Lechado

Elena teaches Spanish as a foreign language and has a PhD in linguistics.

Did you meet with your friends last weekend? Use the verb 'quedar' (to plan to meet) to talk about this in Spanish. This lesson gives you its conjugation in the preterite and the present subjunctive, as well as providing other possible meanings of this verb.

Shall We Meet?

Do you have plans to meet your friends next weekend? When was the last time you had to return any clothes or shoes because they didn't suit you? What household supply have you run out of and need to buy? These scenarios, despite being so different, all require the use of the verb quedar (pronounced: keh-DAHR) in Spanish.

Depending on how we use it, quedar means 'to plan to meet,' 'to suit' or 'to be left.' Keep reading to find out its use in context through plenty of familiar examples. We'll focus on its conjugation in the preterite and the present subjunctive.

Translation: To plan to meet friends

Preterite of Quedar

With the preterite of quedar, you can talk about past situations. For example, you can use it to talk about when you last met with your best friend or to say that the T-shirt she gave you suited you.

Since quedar is a regular verb, its preterite conjugation is pretty simple. Take its stem, qued-, and add the endings outlined in the table.

VERB: quedar (keh-DAHR) - to plan to meet/suit/be left

Pronunciation Translation
yo quedé (keh-DEH) I planned to meet
quedaste (keh-DAHS-teh) you planned to meet
quedó (keh-DOH) he/she planned to meet
you (formal) planned to meet
quedamos (keh-DAH-mohs) we planned to meet
quedasteis (keh-DAHS-tays) you all planned to meet
quedaron (keh-DAH-rohn) they planned to meet
you all planned to meet
  • 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.

Uses & Examples of Quedar

Now that you're familiar with the conjugation of quedar, let's take a look at its different uses.

To Plan to Meet

You can use quedar to talk about your last meeting with friends - where and when you arranged to meet. To illustrate, let's hear a conversation between Diana and Eva.

Diana: ¿Quedaste con alguien el fin de semana? (Did you plan to meet anyone on the weekend?)

Eva: Sí, el sábado quedé con unos amigos. (Yes, on Saturday I met some friends.) Lo pasamos genial. (We had a great time.) ¿Carla y tú quedaron? (Did Carla and you plan to meet?)

Diana: Sí, quedamos para ir de compras. (Yes, we planned to meet to go shopping.)

Translation: On Saturday I planned to meet my friends in the park.

To Suit

When quedar means 'to suit,' the verb must agree with the thing that suits someone, which can be singular or plural. We'll also add the indirect pronouns (me/te/le/nos/os/les) depending on who we're talking about. So in the preterite, the structure is:

  • singular noun + me/te/le/nos/os/les + quedó + bien/mal
  • plural noun + me/te/le/nos/os/les + quedaron + bien/mal

Diana went shopping with Carla on Saturday, but when she arrived home, she realized that the pants she had bought didn't suit her well.

Carla: ¿Te quedó bien la ropa, Diana? (Did the clothes suit you, Diana?)

Diana: La camiseta me quedó bien, pero los pantalones no me quedaron muy bien. (The T-shirt suited me well, but the pants didn't suit me.) Debería habérmelos probado en la tienda. (I should have tried them on in the shop.)

To Remain/To Be Left

When quedar means 'to be left,' we also use the forms corresponding to the third person.

Eva and her friends brought plenty of food to the picnic. She says:

  • El pastel fue un éxito. (The cake was a success.) No quedó nada. (There wasn't any left.) Pero compramos demasiadas papas fritas. (But we bought too many chips.)

Translation: There were four bags of chips left.

Present Subjunctive of Quedar

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

To conjugate quedar in the present subjunctive, all you need to do is take the regular stem again and add these endings:

VERB: quedar (keh-DAHR) - to plan to meet/suit/be left

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