Quedar Conjugation Chart & Full Tense Guide

This is a full verb tense guide for the Spanish verb “quedar”, meaning “to stay”, “to remain” or “to meet” in English. 

With each tense listed, you’ll find a verb table and conjugation chart, with example sentences and practice exercises. 

Before we start, it’s important to note that “quedar” is different from the verb “quedarse,” which also means “to stay” but is a pronominal verb with a reflexive pronoun. 

I’m James, from Learn Spanish With James and I wrote this guide to help you understand how to conjugate “quedar” correctly in every Spanish tense. 

“Quedar” is a regular verb, meaning it follows a predictable pattern in its conjugation, as you will see below.

Present Tense

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedqueda
you pl.vosotros, vosotrasquedáis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedesquedan

When we use the present tense

The present tense in Spanish is used to describe actions that are currently happening, habitual actions, general truths, and future actions.

Like any Spanish verb in the present tense, the verb “quedar” changes its form depending on the subject pronoun.

For example, yo qued- o, tú qued-as, etc, as demonstrated in the verb table.

I have provided more example sentences below. 

Examples of The Spanish Verb “Quedar” in the Present Tense:

  • Yo quedo en casa. (I stay at home.)
  • Tú quedas en el parque. (You stay in the park.)
  • Él/ella queda en la oficina. (He/she stays in the office.)
  • Nosotros quedamos en el restaurante. (We stay at the restaurant.)
  • Vosotros quedáis en la casa. (You all stay at home.)
  • Ellos/ellas quedan en el cine. (They stay at the cinema.)

Preterite Tense 

he, she. it, you (formal)él, ella, ustedquedó
wenosotros, nosotrasquedamos
you (plural)vosotros, vosotrasquedasteis
they, you (pl. formal)ellos, ellas, ustedesquedaron

When We Use The Preterite Tense

The preterite tense is one of several past tenses in Spanish. It describes actions that happened at a specific point in the past. 

So, the preterite tense in Spanish for “quedar” is used to describe specific, completed actions or events that occurred in the past.

For example, “quedé en el hotel” (I stayed at the hotel.) 

Do you notice that this is different from “I have stayed” at the hotel, “I was staying at the hotel” or “I used to stay at the hotel”? 

The sooner you start to differentiate these past tenses, the sooner you’ll be able to learn how to use them in context. 

Examples of How to Conjugate “Quedar” in the Preterite Tense

  • Yo quedé en el hotel. (I stayed at the hotel.)
  • Tú quedaste en la fiesta. (You stayed at the party.)
  • Él/ella quedó en la playa. (He/she stayed at the beach.)
  • Nosotros quedamos en el museo. (We stayed at the museum.)
  • Vosotros quedasteis en el estadio. (You all stayed in the stadium.)
  • Ellos/ellas quedaron en el parque. (They stayed at the park.)

Imperfect Tense

he, she, it, you (formal)él, ella, usted quedaba
wenosotros, nosotrasquedábamos
you (plural)vosotros, vosotrasquedabais
they, you(pl. formal)ellos, ellas, ustedesquedaban

When we use the Imperfect Tense

The imperfect tense is used to describe ongoing or repeated actions in the past, as well as background information or states of being.

We use this tense in English all the time. In English, we say “I was staying” or “I used to stay”.

Just like any tense, conjugating “quedar” in the imperfect tense involves removing the infinitive ending (-ar) and adding the appropriate imperfect tense endings to the verb stem.

I have provided examples below. 

Examples of “Quedar” in the Imperfect Tense:

  • Yo quedaba en casa todos los días. (I used to stay at home every day.)
  • Tú quedabas en la escuela por las tardes. (You used to stay at school in the afternoons.)
  • Él/ella quedaba en el parque cuando era niño/a. (He/she used to stay at the park when he/she was a child.)
  • Nosotros quedábamos en el hotel durante las vacaciones. (We used to stay at the hotel during vacations.)
  • Vosotros quedabais en el supermercado cuando soñaba la alarma de incendio. (You all stayed in the supermarket when the fire alarm was going off.) 
  • Ellos/ellas quedaban en la playa durante el verano. (They used to stay at the beach during the summer.)

Future Tense

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedquedará
you pl.vosotros, vosotrasquedaréis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedesquedarán

When we use the future tense

We use the future tense in Spanish to express forthcoming actions or events that will occur at a later time. 

The English translation is “will”, not to be confused with “would”, which is the conditional tense. 

The future tense signifies plans, intentions, or predictions about staying or remaining in a particular place. For instance, “quedaré en casa” (I will stay at home).

While the above example is grammatically correct, it’s worth noting that Spanish speakers will often replace the future tense for the future tense. 

Often, you will also hear people using another future tense form: “Se va a quedar con nosotros por un rato.” (She’s going to be staying with us for a while.)

Examples of “Quedar” in the Future tense:

  • Yo quedaré en casa. (I will stay at home.)
  • Tú quedarás en el trabajo. (You will stay at work.)
  • Él/ella quedará en el parque. (He/she will stay at the park.)
  • Nosotros quedaremos en el hotel. (We will stay at the hotel.)
  • Vosotros quedaréis en vuestras habitaciones. (You will all stay in your rooms.)
  • Ellos/ellas quedarán en el restaurante. (They will stay at the restaurant.)

Conditional Tense

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedquedaría
you pl.vosotros, vosotrasquedaríais
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedesquedarían

When We Use The Conditional Tense

The conditional tense in Spanish is used to express hypothetical situations, polite requests, or future actions dependent on certain conditions.

The translation of the conditional tense use is “would”. You can often follow this tense with the imperfect subjunctive, which is great high level language use!

In the conditional tense, “quedar” allows speakers to discuss potential outcomes or express hypothetical situations with clarity and politeness.

I’ve shown how this looks in practice in the example sentences below. 

Examples of ”Quedar” in the Conditional Tense

  • Yo quedaría en el hotel si no hubiera encontrado otro lugar. (I would stay at the hotel if I hadn’t found another place.)
  • Tú quedarías sorprendido si vieras el espectáculo. (You would be surprised if you saw the show.)
  • Él/ella quedaría contigo si no tuviera otros compromisos. (He/she would stay with you if he/she didn’t have other commitments.)
  • Nosotros quedaríamos agradecidos si nos ayudaras. (We would be grateful if you helped us.)
  • Ellos/ellas quedarían en la fiesta hasta tarde si no tuvieran que trabajar temprano. (They would stay at the party late if they didn’t have to work early.)

Perfect Tense 

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhaquedado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabéisquedado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshanquedado

When We Use The Preterite Perfect Tense

The perfect tense in Spanish is employed to describe actions that have occurred. 

Do you remember that earlier in this guide I explained how to differentiate past tenses? Unlike, “I stayed” or “I used to stay”, the perfect tense translation with “quedar” in the first person is “I have stayed”.

In order to use this tense, and every other tense coming up in this guide, you need to conjugate the auxiliary verb “haber” and use the past participle of “quedar” which is “quedado”.

This tense can sometimes be used to express completed actions that happened in the recent past.

Examples of “Quedar” in the Preterite Perfect

  • Yo he quedado en el hotel. (I have stayed in the hotel.)
  • Tú has quedado en la casa de María. (You have stayed at Maria’s house.)
  • Él ha quedado en el restaurante. (He/she has stayed at the restaurant.)
  • Nosotros hemos quedado en el parque. (We have stayed at the park.)
  • Vosotros habéis quedado en el museo. (You all have stayed at the museum.)
  • Ellos han quedado en la playa. (They/you all have stayed at the beach.)

Pluperfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabíaquedado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabíaisquedado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabíanquedado

When We Use The Pluperfect Tense

The pluperfect tense in Spanish describes actions that had occurred before another past action or event.

Think about the perfect tense you’ve just learned, and how it means “I have stayed”. The pluperfect tense translation is “I had stayed”.

This tense emphasizes the completion of an action prior to a specific point in the past. 

I have shown how this works in the example sentences below. 

Again, you need to conjugate the auxiliary verb “haber” and use the past participle of “quedar”, which is “quedado”.

Examples of “Quedar” in the Pluperfect 

  • Yo había quedado en el hotel antes de que comenzara la lluvia. (I had stayed at the hotel before the rain started.)
  • Tú habías quedado en la fiesta cuando llamé. (You had stayed at the party when I called.)
  • Él había quedado en la casa hasta muy tarde. (He/she had stayed at home until very late.)
  • Nosotros habíamos quedado en el restaurante antes de que cerrara. (We had stayed at the restaurant before it closed.)
  • Vosotros habíais quedado demasiado tiempo en el estadio. (You all had stayed too long in the stadium.) 
  • Ellos habían quedado en el parque cuando oscureció. (They had stayed at the park when it got dark.)

Future Perfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabráquedado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabréisquedado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabránquedado

When We Use The Future Perfect Tense

The future perfect tense in Spanish is used to describe actions that will have been completed by a certain point in the future. 

So, the future perfect tense of “quedar” allows speakers to discuss actions that will be completed before a future point in time.

Just like the perfect tense and the pluperfect tense, you will need to conjugate “haber” in order to use the future perfect tense, then employ the past participle of “quedar” which, as you know, is “quedado”.

Examples of “Quedar” in the Future Perfect

  • Yo habré quedado en el hotel para la próxima semana. (I will have stayed at the hotel by next week.)
  • Tú habrás quedado en la casa de tus abuelos cuando vuelva. (You will have stayed at your grandparents’ house when I return.)
  • Él habrá quedado en la oficina hasta tarde para terminar el proyecto. (He/she will have stayed in the office late to finish the project.)
  • Nosotros habremos quedado en el restaurante por más de dos horas. (We will have stayed at the restaurant for over two hours.)
  • Vosotros habréis quedado en el estadio demasiado tiempo. (You all will have stayed too long in the stadium).
  • Ellos habrán quedado en el parque. (They will have stayed at the park.)

Conditional Perfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabríaquedado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabríaisquedado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabríanquedado

When We Use The Conditional Perfect Tense

The conditional perfect tense in Spanish is used to express actions that would have occurred in the past under certain conditions.

With “quedar” in mind, think of the future perfect tense as “will have stayed” and the conditional perfect tense as “would have stayed”.

When we use ”quedar” in the conditional tense, we talk about hypothetical situations or events that did not happen.

This is a great tense to add to a sentence with the imperfect subjunctive. It will show your teachers that you understand the most complex sentences in Spanish. 

The example sentences below show you how to do this. 

Examples of “Quedar” in the Conditional Perfect

  • Yo habría quedado en casa si hubiera sabido que ibas a venir. (I would have stayed at home if I had known you were coming.)
  • Tú habrías quedado sorprendido si hubieras visto el espectáculo. (You would have been surprised if you had seen the show.)
  • Él habría quedado contigo si no hubiera tenido otros compromisos. (He/she would have stayed with you if he/she hadn’t had other commitments.)
  • Vosotros habríais quedado en la cárcel toda la noche si no os hubiera ayudado. (You all would have stayed in prison all night if I hadn’t come to help you.)
  • Nosotros habríamos quedado agradecidos si nos hubieras ayudado. (We would have been grateful if you had helped us.)
  • Ellos habrían quedado en la fiesta hasta tarde si no hubieran tenido que trabajar temprano. (They would have stayed at the party late if they hadn’t had to work early.)

Present Subjunctive

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedquede
you pl.vosotros, vosotrasquedéis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedesqueden

When We Use The Present Subjunctive

The present subjunctive mood in Spanish is used to express desires, doubts, wishes, or hypothetical situations that are uncertain or subjective.

The complexities of the subjunctive and when to use it are for another time, but the sentences below show you how to use this conjugated form correctly. 

Examples of “Quedar” in the Present Subjunctive

  • Es importante que yo quede en casa esta noche. (It’s important that I stay at home tonight.)
  • Dudo que tú quedes en el trabajo hasta tarde. (I doubt that you stay at work late.)
  • Ella prefiere que él quede en la universidad y no salga tanto. (She prefers that he stays at the university and doesn’t go out too much.)
  • Quiero que nosotros quedemos en el mismo hotel durante las vacaciones. (I want us to stay at the same hotel during the holidays.)
  • Espero que ellos queden contentos con el resultado. (I hope they are happy with the outcome.)

The Imperfect Subjunctive

Iyoquedara, quedase
youquedaras, quedases
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedquedara, quedase
wenosotros,nosotrasquedáramos, quedásemos
you pl.vosotros, vosotrasquedarais, quedaseis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedesquedaran, quedasen

When We Use The Imperfect Subjunctive

This tense expresses uncertainty, doubt, or desire in the past, often in dependent clauses following expressions of emotion or doubt, providing additional context or subjective perspective in Spanish sentences or conversations.

Examples of imperfect subjunctive conjugations of “quedar” are below.

Examples of “Quedar” in the Imperfect Subjunctive

  • No creía que yo quedara en el hotel esa noche. (I didn’t believe that I stayed at the hotel that night.)
  • Ella quería que tú quedaras con ella en la fiesta. (She wanted you to stay with her at the party.)
  • Esperábamos que él quedara satisfecho con nuestra decisión. (We hoped that he would be satisfied with our decision.)
  • Me alegraba que nosotros quedáramos en la misma ciudad durante el verano. (I was glad that we stayed in the same city during the summer.)
  • Esperaba que quedarais en casa conmigo. (I was hoping that you’d all stay at home with me.)
  • Dudaban que ellos quedaran en el primer lugar del concurso. (They doubted that they would stay in first place in the contest.)

Affirmative Imperative 

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,usted¡quede!
you pl.vosotros, vosotras¡quedad!
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedes¡queden!

When We Use The Affirmative Imperative

The affirmative imperative mood in Spanish is used to give commands or instructions in a direct and affirmative manner to someone to stay at a certain place.

I have written some examples of how to use the affirmative imperative below. 

Examples of “Quedar” in The Affirmative Imperative

  • ¡Queda aquí y espera a que regrese! (Stay here and wait for me to come back.)
  • ¡Quedemos en el parque a las tres de la tarde! (Let’s meet at the park at three in the afternoon.)
  • ¡Queden ustedes tranquilos y no se preocupen! (Stay calm and don’t worry.)

Negative Imperative

you¡no quedes!
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,usted¡no quede!
wenosotros,nosotras¡no quedemos!
you pl.vosotros, vosotras¡no quedéis!
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedes¡no queden!

When We Use The Negative Imperative

The negative imperative mood in Spanish is used to give commands or instructions in a negative form, prohibiting someone from doing something.

In order to use the negative imperative, you need to add “no” to the start of the statement and switch the form of “quedar” to its present subjunctive form. 

Examples of “Quedar” in The Negative Imperative

  • ¡No quedes aquí, ve a buscar ayuda! (Don’t stay here, go get help.)
  • ¡No os quedéis despiertos hasta tarde! (Don’t stay awake until late.)
  • ¡No quede usted con ellos, son peligrosos! (Don’t meet with them, they are dangerous.)
  • ¡No quedemos en el restaurante, está cerrado! (Let’s not meet at the restaurant, it’s closed.)
  • ¡No queden ustedes preocupados, todo saldrá bien! (Don’t worry, everything will be fine.)

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