Ver Subjunctive Conjugation: Present & Imperfect

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.

There are so many things you could see! If you want to talk about what you might see or want to see, you would use the verb ''ver'' in the Spanish subjunctive. In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate the verb ''ver'' in the present and imperfect subjunctive.

So Many Things to See

Laura and Saul are thinking about taking a walk in the woods. There are so many things that they might see on their walk, but to talk about them in Spanish, they'll need the verb ver (pronounced: behr), which means 'to see.' In this lesson, we'll learn how to conjugate ver in the present and imperfect subjunctive. We'll also listen in on Laura and Saul's conversation. Please note that all verbs in this lesson are conjugated in the subjunctive.

Conjugating Ver in the Present Tense

The present tense of the subjunctive is used to talk about things that may happen or that we desire to happen in the present. The verb ver follows the rules for regular -er verbs in the present tense.

Subject Pronoun Present Tense Pronunciation Translation
yo vea BAY-ah I see
veas BAY-ahs You (informal) see
él, ella, usted vea BAY-ah He, she, you (formal) see
nosotros/nosotras veamos bay-AH-mose We see
vosotros/vosotra veáis bay-AH-ees You (plural, informal) see
ellos, ellas, ustedes vean BAY-ahn They (male, female), you (plural, informal) see

Note that the conjugations for the yo form and él form are the same.

Examples in the Present

Here are a few example sentences featuring ver in the present tense:

  • Es posible que él no vea bien. (It is possible that he doesn't see well.)
  • Quiero que ellos vean al coche. (I want them to see the car.)
  • Es probable que veas al perro cuando llegas. (It is likely that you will see the dog when you arrive.)

Es probable que veas al perro cuando llegas. Translation: It is likely that you will see the dog when you arrive.
Ves al perro

Now, let's listen in to Laura and Saul as they talk about the possibility of a walk in the woods.

Laura: Que lindo está el día. (What a beautiful day.) Debemos ir por una caminata. (We should go for a walk.)

Saul: Sí, si vamos al bosque es posible que veamos muchos animales. (Yes, if we go to the woods its possible that we will see many animals.)

Laura: Buena idea. (Good idea.) Quiero que veas mi sitio favorito en el bosque. (I want you to see my favorite place in the woods.)

Saul: ¿Cual sitio quieres que yo vea? (Which place do you want me to see?)

Laura: Es una sorpresa. (It's a surprise.) ¡Vamos al bosque! (Let's go to the woods!)

Conjugating Ver in the Imperfect Tense

The imperfect tense of the subjunctive is used to express things that might have happened or that we had a desire to happen in the past. Ver follows the rules for -er verbs in the imperfect tense.

Subject Pronoun Imperfect 1 Pronunciation Imperfect 2 Pronunciation Translation
yo viera be-EH-rah viese be-EH-say I saw
vieras be-EH-rahs vieses be-EH-say You (informal) saw
él, ella, usted viera be-EH-rah viese be-EH-say He, she, you (formal) saw
nosotros/nosotras viéramos be-EH-rah-mose viésemos We saw
vosotros/vosotras vierais be-EH-rah-ees vieseis be-eh-SAY-ees You all (informal) saw
ellos, ellas, ustedes vieran be-EH-rahn viesen be-EH-sen They (male, female), you all (formal) saw

Note that the conjugations for the yo form and él form are the same.

Examples in the Imperfect

Here are a few examples of ver in the imperfect tense:

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