Pasar Conjugation Chart & Full Tense Guide

The Spanish verb ‘pasar,’ means ‘to pass’ and ‘to happen’. It is an essential verb in the Spanish language and you can use it in a range of contexts. 

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I’ve put together this comprehensive “pasar” conjugation guide to provide a complete list of the most common ”pasar” conjugations and verb forms in the indicative, subjunctive, and imperative moods. 

We’ll cover both simple and compound tenses.

So, read on to learn how to conjugate “pasar” easily and express actions in Spanish with precision and clarity.

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Present Tense 

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedpasa
you pl.vosotros, vosotraspasáis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedespasan

When We Use The Present Tense

In Spanish, we use the present tense to describe ongoing actions or habits in the present moment.

For example, “Paso tiempo con mi familia” (I spend time with my family), or “¿Qué pasa?” (What’s happening?).

Examples of the Spanish Verb “Pasar” in the Present Tense

  1. Yo paso tiempo con mi familia los fines de semana. (I spend time with my family on weekends.)
  2. Tú pasas mucho tiempo estudiando para tus exámenes. (You spend a lot of time studying for your exams.)
  3. Él/ella pasa las vacaciones en la playa cada verano. (He spends his vacations at the beach every summer.)
  4. Nosotros pasamos tiempo juntos los domingos. (We spend time together on Sundays.)
  5. Vosotros pasáis mucho tiempo jugando videojuegos. (You all spend a lot of time playing video games.)
  6. Ellos/ellas pasan tiempo con sus amigos los sábados. (They spend time with their friends on Saturdays.)
  7. Ustedes pasan las tardes en el parque. (You spend the afternoons in the park.)

Preterite Tense

he, she. it, you (formal)él, ella, ustedpasó
wenosotros, nosotraspasamos
you (plural)vosotros, vosotraspasasteis
they, you (pl. formal)ellos, ellas, ustedespasaron

When We Use The Preterite Tense

The preterite tense in Spanish is used to describe completed actions that happened at a specific point in the past. 

We use “pasar” to narrate past events or incidents that occurred with a specific endpoint. 

For instance, “Ayer pasé tiempo con mis amigos” (Yesterday I spent time with my friends).

Note that this differs from the imperfect tense, which we’ll come onto shortly. 

Examples of the Preterite Tense “Pasar” Conjugation

  1. Yo pasé tiempo con mi familia el fin de semana pasado. (I spent time with my family last weekend.)
  2. Tú pasaste por la plaza ayer. (You passed by the square yesterday.)
  3. Él/ella pasó la noche estudiando para el examen. (He spent the night studying for the exam.)
  4. Nosotros pasamos unas vacaciones maravillosas en Europa el verano pasado. (We spent a wonderful vacation in Europe last summer.)
  5. Vosotros pasasteis un buen rato en el concierto. (You all had a good time at the concert.)
  6. Ellos/ellas pasaron mucho tiempo en la playa la semana pasada. (They spent a lot of time at the beach last week.)
  7. Ustedes pasaron la tarde en el museo. (You spent the afternoon at the museum.)

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Imperfect Tense

he, she, it, you (formal)él, ella, usted pasaba
wenosotros, nosotraspasábamos
you (plural)vosotros, vosotraspasabais
they, you(pl. formal)ellos, ellas, ustedespasaban

When We Use The Imperfect Tense

The imperfect tense in Spanish is used to describe ongoing or habitual actions, as well as to set the scene, express states of being, or describe actions that were taking place in the past without a specific endpoint.

An example, using the verb “pasar”, is “Yo pasaba por el parque con mi bici. (I used to pass by the park on my bike).

The imperfect tense translates to “was passing/spending time” and “used to pass/spend time”, not “passed/spent time”.

Examples of “Pasar” in the Imperfect Tense

  1. Yo pasaba tiempo con mis abuelos cada verano. (I used to spend time with my grandparents every summer.)
  2. Tú pasabas horas leyendo en la biblioteca. (You used to spend hours reading in the library.)
  3. Él/ella pasaba los días trabajando en su taller. (He used to spend his days working in his workshop.)
    Note:Trabajando’ is a “trabajar” conjugation in the gerund form.
  4. Nosotros pasábamos las vacaciones en la montaña. (We used to spend our vacations in the mountains.)
  5. Vosotros pasabais las tardes jugando en el parque. (You all used to spend the afternoons playing in the park.)
  6. Ellos/ellas pasaban mucho tiempo juntos cuando eran niños. (They used to spend a lot of time together as children.)
    Note:Eran’ is a “ser” conjugation in the imperfect tense.
  7. Ustedes pasaban los fines de semana en el campo. (You used to spend the weekends in the country.)

Future Tense 

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedpasará
you pl.vosotros, vosotraspasaréis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedespasarán

When We Use The Future Tense

The future tense verb conjugation allows us to express actions that will occur in the future.

So, for “pasar”, the future tense indicates future events or actions, such as “El año que viene pasaremos las vacaciones en la playa” (Next year we will spend our vacation at the beach).

Note that in Spanish you will also often hear the indicative informal future tense, used to state that something is going to happen in the near future. 

For example: “Voy a pasar el día con mi abuela.” or “Nosotros vamos a pasar la frontera en carro.”

Examples of “Pasar” in the Future Tense

  1. Yo pasaré por la tienda después del trabajo. (I will pass by the store after work.)
  2. Tú pasarás tiempo con tu familia durante las vacaciones. (You will spend time with your family during the holidays.)
  3. Él/ella pasará el examen con éxito si sigue estudiando. (He will pass the exam successfully if he continues studying.)
    Note:Sigue’ is a “seguir” conjugation in the present tense.
  4. Nosotros pasaremos el fin de semana en la montaña. (We will spend the weekend in the mountains.)
  5. Vosotros pasaréis unas vacaciones inolvidables en el extranjero. (You all will have an unforgettable vacation abroad.)
  6. Ellos pasarán el verano viajando por Europa. (They will spend the summer traveling around Europe.)
  7. Ustedes pasarán mucho tiempo en el campo durante el retiro. (You will spend a lot of time in the countryside during the retreat.)

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Conditional Tense

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedpasaría
you pl.vosotros, vosotraspasaríais
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedespasarían

When We Use The Conditional Tense

The conditional tense in Spanish, often used with the verb “pasar”, expresses hypothetical situations, desires, or polite requests.

It means “would happen”. For this reason, you can often use this tense in the same sentence as the imperfect subjunctive. 

An example of a “pasar” conjugation in the conditional tense is as follows: “Pasaría más tiempo contigo si tuviera la oportunidad” (I would spend more time with you if I had the chance).

Examples of “Pasar” in the Conditional Tense

  1. Yo pasaría más tiempo contigo si pudiera. (I would spend more time with you if I could.)
    Note:Pudiera’ is a “poder” conjugation in the imperfect subjunctive tense.
  2. Tú pasarías las vacaciones en la playa si tuvieras la oportunidad. (You would spend the holidays at the beach if you had the chance.)
    Note:Tuvieras’ is a “tener” conjugation in the imperfect subjunctive tense.
  3. Él/ella pasaría más tiempo estudiando si fuera necesario. (He would spend more time studying if it were necessary.)
  4. Nosotros pasaríamos más tiempo en el parque si el clima fuera mejor. (We would spend more time in the park if the weather were better.)
  5. Vosotros pasaríais el día de excursión si tuvierais tiempo libre. (You all would spend the day hiking if you had free time.)
  6. Ellos/ellas pasarían más tiempo con sus amigos si no estuvieran tan ocupados. (They would spend more time with their friends if they weren’t so busy.)
    Note:Estuvieran’ is an “estar” conjugation in the imperfect subjunctive tense.
  7. Ustedes pasarían más tiempo en la biblioteca si necesitaran estudiar. (You would spend more time in the library if you needed to study.)

Perfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’Past Participle
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhapasado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabéispasado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshanpasado

When We Use The Perfect Tense

The perfect tense in Spanish, formed with the auxiliary verb “haber” and the past participle of “pasar” – which becomes “pasado” – indicates actions that have occurred in the recent past and are seen as completed events.

Check out these examples to see what this looks like in context:

He pasado un buen rato contigo” (I have spent a good time with you) or “Hemos pasado por muchas dificultades” (We have gone through many difficulties).

Examples of “Pasar” in the Preterite Perfect 

  1. Yo he pasado un día maravilloso en la playa. (I have spent a wonderful day at the beach.)
  2. Tú has pasado por muchas experiencias en tu vida. (You have gone through many experiences in your life.)
  3. Él/ella ha pasado el examen con éxito. (He has passed the exam successfully.)
  4. Nosotros hemos pasado por momentos difíciles juntos. (We have gone through difficult times together.)
  5. Vosotros habéis pasado un buen rato en la fiesta. (You all have had a good time at the party.)
  6. Ellos/ellas han pasado la tarde visitando museos. (They have spent the afternoon visiting museums.)
  7. Ustedes han pasado tiempo viajando por el mundo. (You have spent time traveling around the world.)

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Pluperfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’Past Participle
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabíapasado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabíaispasado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabíanpasado

When We Use The Pluperfect Tense

The pluperfect tense is used to express an action that had happened before another past action. 

Again, we form the pluperfect tense by using the auxiliary verb ”haber” and the “pasar” past participle – “pasado”.

For example, “Cuando llegué a casa, mi hermano ya había pasado por aquí” (When I arrived home, my brother had already been here).

Examples of “Pasar” in the Pluperfect

  1. Yo había pasado por esa calle muchas veces antes de mudarme. (I had passed through that street many times before moving.)
  2. Tú habías pasado la tarde estudiando cuando te llamé. (You had spent the afternoon studying when I called you.)
    Note:Llamé’ is a “llamar” conjugation in the preterite tense.
  3. Él/ella ya había pasado el examen antes de que yo llegara. (He had already passed the exam before I arrived.)
  4. Nosotros habíamos pasado un rato agradable en el parque cuando empezó a llover. (We had spent a pleasant time in the park when it started raining.)
  5. Vosotros habíais pasado por esa situación similar antes. (You all had gone through a similar situation before.)
  6. Ellos/ellas habían pasado horas discutiendo sobre el tema antes de llegar a una conclusión. (They had spent hours discussing the topic before reaching a conclusion.)
  7. Ustedes habían pasado por momentos difíciles antes de alcanzar el éxito. (You had gone through difficult times before achieving success.)

Future Perfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’Past Participle
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabrápasado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabréispasado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabránpasado

When We Use The Future Perfect Tense

The future perfect tense (also known as “futuro compuesto”) in Spanish is used to express actions that will be completed by a certain point in the future.

For example: “Cuando llegues, ellos ya habrán pasado por aquí” (When you arrive, they will have already passed by here).

On a side note, take into account that I used “llegues” after “cuando”. This is an example of using the subjunctive in Spanish. 

Examples of “Pasar” in the Future Perfect 

  1. Yo habré pasado por el supermercado antes de que cierren. (I will have passed by the supermarket before they close.)
  2. Tú ya habrás pasado la entrevista de trabajo para entonces. (You will have already passed the job interview by then.)
  3. Él/ella habrá pasado el examen antes de la fecha límite. (He will have passed the exam before the deadline.)
  4. Nosotros habremos pasado unas semanas en el extranjero para fin de año. (We will have spent a few weeks abroad by the end of the year.)
  5. Vosotros habréis pasado por muchas experiencias cuando seáis mayores. (You all will have gone through many experiences when you are older.)
  6. Ellos/ellas habrán pasado toda la mañana organizando el evento. (They will have spent the whole morning organizing the event.)
  7. Ustedes habrán pasado por muchas dificultades antes de alcanzar el éxito. (You will have gone through many difficulties before achieving success.)

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Conditional Perfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’Past Participle
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabríapasado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabríaispasado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabríanpasado

When We Use The Conditional Perfect Tense

Next, we have the conditional perfect tense (also known as “condicional compuesto”). 

In Spanish, this tense expresses hypothetical actions that would have occurred in the past under certain conditions.

For instance, “Habría pasado más tiempo contigo si no estuviera tan ocupado” (I would have spent more time with you if I weren’t so busy).

As you can see, we are using the auxiliary verb “haber” again, followed by the past participle. 

Check out the “pasar” conjugation chart above to see each ending, and the example sentences below for context. 

Examples of “Pasar” in the Conditional Perfect

  1. Yo habría pasado más tiempo contigo si hubiera tenido la oportunidad. (I would have spent more time with you if I had had the chance.)
  2. Tú habrías pasado la noche estudiando si el examen hubiera sido más difícil. (You would have spent the night studying if the exam had been harder.)
  3. Él/ella habría pasado por el parque si no hubiera llovido tanto. (He would have passed by the park if it hadn’t rained so much.)
  4. Nosotros habríamos pasado unas vacaciones increíbles si hubiéramos tenido más dinero. (We would have spent an amazing vacation if we had had more money.)
  5. Vosotros habríais pasado mucho tiempo en el concierto si las entradas no hubieran sido tan caras. (You all would have spent a lot of time at the concert if the tickets hadn’t been so expensive.)
  6. Ellos/ellas habrían pasado la tarde en el cine si no hubieran tenido otros compromisos. (They would have spent the afternoon at the movies if they hadn’t had other commitments.)
  7. Ustedes habrían pasado por muchas dificultades si no hubieran tenido ayuda. (You would have gone through many difficulties if you hadn’t had help.)

Present Subjunctive

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedpase
you pl.vosotros, vosotraspaséis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedespasen

When We Use The Present Subjunctive

The present subjunctive tense in Spanish expresses uncertainty, desire, emotion, or hypothetical situations.

You may notice I have provided examples of this throughout the sentences above already. 

With”pasar”, the present subjunctive is used after certain verbs or expressions indicating uncertainty, wishes, or influence over another person’s actions. 

For example, “Espero que pase un buen día” (I hope you have a good day). 

Examples of “Pasar” in the Present Subjunctive

  1. Espero que pases un buen día. (I hope you have a good day.)
  2. Es necesario que él pase la entrevista para conseguir el trabajo. (It’s necessary for him to pass the interview to get the job.)
  3. Sugiero que pasemos las vacaciones en la montaña. (I suggest that we spend the holidays in the mountains.)
  4. Dudo que ellos pasen el examen sin estudiar. (I doubt they will pass the exam without studying.)
  5. Insisto en que ustedes pasen más tiempo en familia. (I insist that you all spend more time together as a family.)

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Imperfect Subjunctive

Iyopasara, pasase
youpasaras, pasases
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedpasara, pasase
wenosotros,nosotraspasáramos, pasásemos
you pl.vosotros, vosotraspasarais, pasaseis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedespasaran, pasasen

When We Use The Imperfect Subjunctive

We use the imperfect subjunctive tense in Spanish to express wishes, desires, doubts, or hypothetical situations in the past. 

With the verb “pasar”, the imperfect subjunctive is used after certain expressions or conjunctions to indicate past uncertainty, desire, or hypothetical actions.

You may remember that earlier in this guide I told you how to use the conditional tense with the imperfect subjunctive. 

The first example sentence below shows you how to do this. 

Examples of “Pasar” in the Imperfect Subjunctive

  1. Si yo pasara más tiempo contigo, sería feliz. (If I spent more time with you, I would be happy.)
  2. Prefería que tú pasaras menos tiempo en el trabajo. (I preferred for you to spend less time at work.)
  3. Dudábamos que él pasara la entrevista de trabajo. (We doubted that he would pass the job interview.)
  4. Ellos querían que nosotras pasáramos la tarde con ellos. (They wanted us to spend the afternoon with them.)
  5. No creíamos que vosotros pasárais por esa situación difícil. (We didn’t believe that you all were going through that difficult situation.)
  6. Ella deseaba que ellos/ellas pasaran las vacaciones juntos. (She wished for them to spend the holidays together.)

Affirmative Imperative 

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,usted¡pase!
you pl.vosotros, vosotras¡pasad!
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedes¡pasen!

When We Use The Affirmative Imperative

The affirmative imperative in Spanish is used to give commands or orders in a direct and assertive manner.

For example, “Pasa por la tienda y compra leche” (Pass by the store and buy milk).

Examples in The Affirmative Imperative

  1. Pasa por la tienda y compra leche. (Pass by the store and buy milk.) – Tú
  2. Pase por la ventanilla para recoger su documento. (Pass by the window to pick up your document.) – Usted
  3. Pasemos por el parque antes de ir al cine. (Let’s pass by the park before going to the movies.) – Nostotros

Negative Imperative

you¡no pases!
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,usted¡no pase!
wenosotros,nosotras¡no pasemos!
you pl.vosotros, vosotras¡no paséis!
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedes¡no pasen!

When We Use The Negative Imperative

Finally, the negative imperative in Spanish is used to give commands or orders in a negative manner, instructing someone not to perform an action.

For example, “No pases por el parque después de oscurecer” (Don’t pass through the park after dark).

Examples of “Pasar” in The Negative Imperative

  1. No pases por aquí. (Don’t pass through here.) – singular, informal
  2. No pasemos por el bosque de noche. (Let’s not pass through the forest at night.)
  3. No paséis por la zona peligrosa. (Don’t pass through the dangerous area.)
  4. No pasen por la puerta trasera. (Don’t pass through the back door.) – plural formal

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