Recordar Conjugation Chart & Full Tense Guide

“Recordar” is an irregular Spanish verb meaning “to remember,” “to remind,” or “to recall.” As an irregular verb, it can be challenging for learners trying to master each “recordar” verb conjugation.

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In this guide, you’ll learn every “recordar” conjugation across various tenses and moods, from the indicative to the subjunctive and imperative.

So, read on to learn how to conjugate “recordar” in Spanish, in every existing tense. 

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Present Tense

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedrecuerda
you pl.vosotros, vosotrasrecordáis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedesrecuerdan

When We Use the Present Tense

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

In the case of the Spanish verb “recordar”, it indicates remembering or recalling something.

For example, “I remember” or “you remember”.

The other present tense – present continuous in Spanish (“estoy recordando”) is used for ongoing actions. 

Examples of “Recordar” in the Present Tense

  • Yo recuerdo los buenos momentos. (I remember the good times.)
  • Tú recuerdas su nombre. (You remember his/her name.)
  • Él/Ella recuerda la cita. (He/She remembers the appointment.)
  • Nosotros recordamos las fechas importantes. (We remember the important dates.)
  • Vosotros recordáis las lecciones anteriores. (You all remember the previous lessons.)
  • Ellos/Ellas recuerdan la conversación. (They remember the conversation.)

Preterite Tense

he, she. it, you (formal)él, ella, ustedrecordó
wenosotros, nosotrasrecordamos
you (plural)vosotros, vosotrasrecordasteis
they, you (pl. formal)ellos, ellas, ustedesrecordaron

When We Use the Preterite Tense

The preterite tense in Spanish allows us to express actions that were completed in the past at a fixed point in time.

If we look at “recordar” as an example, the preterite tense allows us to say that we remember or recall a specific event or action that occurred and concluded at a definite point in the past.

This means it differs from the imperfect tense, which we’ll come on to shortly. I discuss the differences in this guide to Spanish verb tenses.

Despite its stem change in some tenses, every “recordar” conjugation in the preterite tense follows the regular -AR verb pattern.

You can familiarize yourself with this pattern by viewing the “recordar” conjugation verb chart above, as well as the following conjugation guides: “encontrar“, “hablar“, “llamar“, “pensar“, “perdonar“, “tomar“, and “dejar“. 

Examples of the Preterite Spanish Verb Conjugation for “Recordar”

  • Yo recordé su cumpleaños. (I remembered his/her birthday.)
  • Tú recordaste lo que pasó. (You remembered what happened.)
  • Él/Ella recordó la lección. (He/She remembered the lesson.)
  • Nosotros recordamos el evento. (We remembered the event.)
  • Vosotros recordasteis el momento importante. (You all remembered the important moment.)
  • Ellos/Ellas recordaron el viaje. (They remembered the trip.)
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Imperfect Tense

he, she, it, you (formal)él, ella, usted recordaba
wenosotros, nosotrasrecordábamos
you (plural)vosotros, vosotrasrecordabais
they, you(pl. formal)ellos, ellas, ustedesrecordaban

When We Use the Imperfect Tense

The imperfect tense Spanish verb conjugation is used to describe ongoing or repeated past actions without focusing on their beginning or end.

When conjugating “recordar” in this tense, it denotes remembering or recalling something in the past without specifying a definite endpoint.

Each Spanish verb conjugation in the imperfect tense is listed below. 

Top Tip: I learned this tense by thinking of the phrase “I used to like ABBA”. The imperfect tense means ‘used to’ and -AR verb endings in this tense are ‘aba’.

Examples of “Recordar” in the Imperfect Tense

  • Yo recordaba a mi abuelo. (I used to remember my grandfather.)
  • Tú recordabas los días felices. (You used to remember the happy days.)
  • Él/Ella recordaba su infancia. (He/She remembered his/her childhood.)
  • Nosotros recordábamos las tradiciones familiares. (We remembered the family traditions.)
  • Vosotros recordabais las canciones populares. (You all remembered the popular songs.)
  • Ellos/Ellas recordaban los viejos tiempos. (They remembered the old times.)

Future Tense

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedrecordará
you pl.vosotros, vosotrasrecordaréis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedesrecordarán

When We Use the Future Tense

The future tense in Spanish indicates actions that will happen in the future. 

For example, “I will remember” or “we will remember”. 

In order to conjugate “recordar” in the future tense, we need to add each relevant ending to the infinitive form. 

Simple, right? We do not need to change the stem of the verb, as you will see in the “recordar” conjugation chart above.

So, although “recordar” is an irregular verb, the future tense follows a very predictable pattern in the future tense.

Examples of “Recordar” in the Future Tense

  • Yo recordaré este día para siempre. (I will remember this day forever.)
  • Tú recordarás nuestras conversaciones. (You will remember our conversations.)
  • Él/Ella recordará su promesa. (He/She will remember his/her promise.)
  • Nosotros recordaremos tus palabras. (We will remember your words.)
  • Vosotros recordaréis los momentos felices. (You all will remember the happy moments.)
  • Ellos/Ellas recordarán sus logros. (They will remember their achievements.)
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Conditional Tense

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedrecordaría
you pl.vosotros, vosotrasrecordaríais
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedesrecordarían

When We Use the Conditional Tense

The conditional tense in Spanish is used to express actions that would happen under certain conditions or to convey hypothetical situations. 

It means “I would remember” or “they would remember”.

Each “recordar” conjugation in this tense is very easy to learn, just like the future tense, because all you need to do is add the relevant endings to the infinitive form. 

Top Tip: I learned this tense and the imperfect subjunctive tense at the same time. You can use both tenses in the same sentence. This will help you score top marks in speaking exams!

Examples of “Recordar” in the Conditional Tense

  • Yo recordaría tu nombre si me lo dijeras. (I would remember your name if you told me.)
  • Tú recordarías la canción si la escucharas. (You would remember the song if you listened to it.)
  • Él/Ella recordaría el número si lo viera. (He/She would remember the number if he/she saw it.)
  • Nosotros recordaríamos el plan si lo tuviéramos. (We would remember the plan if we had it.)
  • Vosotros recordaríais el lugar si lo visitarais. (You all would remember the place if you visited it.)
  • Ellos/Ellas recordarían la fecha si se la recordaran. (They would remember the date if it were reminded to them.)

Perfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’Past Participle
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedharecordado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabéisrecordado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshanrecordado

When We Use the Perfect Tense

The perfect tense in Spanish, also known as the pretérito perfecto tense, is our first use case of the verb “haber”. And I’ll show you how shortly.

This tense allows us to state that something ‘has happened’.

When conjugating the Spanish verb “recordar” in the perfect tense, we need to conjugate “haber” (as per the “recordar” conjugation chart above), and then use the past participle of “recordar”. This becomes “recordado”.

Top Tip: All -AR verbs follow the same pattern in the past participle, becoming -ado. For example, if we look at the “dejar” conjugation, it becomes “dejado”, “estar” becomes “estado”, “tomar” becomes “tomado” etc. 

Examples of “Recordar” in the Perfect Tense

  • Yo he recordado tu consejo. (I have remembered your advice.)
  • Tú has recordado tus promesas. (You have remembered your promises.)
  • Él/Ella ha recordado los detalles importantes. (He/She has remembered the important details.)
  • Nosotros hemos recordado el camino. (We have remembered the way.)
  • Vosotros habéis recordado la contraseña. (You all have remembered the password.)
  • Ellos/Ellas han recordado sus raíces. (They have remembered their roots.)
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Pluperfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’Past Participle
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabíarecordado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabíaisrecordado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabíanrecordado

When We Use the Pluperfect Tense

The pluperfect tense in Spanish is used to describe actions that had been completed before another past action or point in time.

For example, “I had already remembered to pick her up before her mother reminded me”.

So, when conjugating “recordar” in this tense, we indicate remembering or recalling something that had already happened before another past event.

In order to form each “recordar” conjugation in the pluperfect tense, we need to conjugate “haber” again, and then use the past participle “recordado”.

Examples of “Recordar” in the Pluperfect Tense

  • Yo había recordado su nombre antes de verlo. (I had remembered his/her name before seeing him/her.)
  • Tú habías recordado la cita antes de que comenzara. (You had remembered the appointment before it started.)
  • Él/Ella había recordado la lección antes del examen. (He/She had remembered the lesson before the exam.)
  • Nosotros habíamos recordado el incidente antes de la reunión. (We had remembered the incident before the meeting.)
  • Vosotros habíais recordado la dirección antes de salir. (You all had remembered the address before leaving.)
  • Ellos/Ellas habían recordado el plan antes de la llegada de los invitados. (They had remembered the plan before the arrival of the guests.)

Future Perfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’Past Participle
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabrárecordado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabréisrecordado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabránrecordado

When We Use the Future Perfect Tense

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

Conjugating the Spanish verb “recordar” in this tense allows us to signify that we remember or recall something that will have occurred before a specified future time.

With this verb, it’s not common to use the future perfect tense. Even so, it’s worth learning each “haber” conjugation via the conjugation chart above. 

Top Tip: Even when you are using -ER verbs and -IR verbs in the past participle, the conjugation of “haber” will always stay the same.

Examples of [Recordar] in the Future Perfect Tense

  • Yo habré recordado tu nombre para cuando llegue la hora de la graduación. (I will have remembered your name by the time graduation comes around.)
  • Tú habrás recordado la dirección para la fiesta. (You will have remembered the address for the party.)
  • Él/Ella habrá recordado las instrucciones para entonces. (He/She will have remembered the instructions by then.)
  • Nosotros habremos recordado los detalles para la presentación. (We will have remembered the details for the presentation.)
  • Vosotros habréis recordado las reglas para el juego. (You all will have remembered the rules for the game.)
  • Ellos/Ellas habrán recordado los preparativos para la ceremonia. (They will have remembered the preparations for the ceremony.)
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Conditional Perfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’Past Participle
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabríarecordado
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabríaisrecordado
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabríanrecordado

When We Use the Conditional Perfect Tense

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

For each “recordar” conjugation in this tense, we indicate that we would have remembered or recalled.

For example, “She would have remembered to text me if she hadn’t been so busy with her new boyfriend!”.

Examples of Recordar in the Conditional Perfect Tense

  • Yo habría recordado el evento si hubiera recibido la invitación. (I would have remembered the event if I had received the invitation.)
  • Tú habrías recordado la conversación si hubieras estado presente. (You would have remembered the conversation if you had been present.)
  • Él/Ella habría recordado el nombre si hubiera visto la lista. (He/She would have remembered the name if he/she had seen the list.)
  • Nosotros habríamos recordado el plan si hubiéramos estado juntos. (We would have remembered the plan if we had been together.)
  • Vosotros habríais recordado el mensaje si hubierais revisado el correo. (You all would have remembered the message if you had checked the mail.)
  • Ellos/Ellas habrían recordado el compromiso si hubieran recibido la notificación. (They would have remembered the commitment if they had received the notification.)

Present Subjunctive

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedrecuerde
you pl.vosotros, vosotrasrecordéis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedesrecuerden

When We Use the Present Subjunctive

The present subjunctive in Spanish is used to express desires, doubts, or uncertainties regarding actions. 

It’s too complex to explain in just one or two sentences, but use the “recordar” conjugation chart above to learn each relevant form. 

Examples of Recordar in the Present Subjunctive

  • Es importante que recuerde los nombres. (It is important that I remember the names.)
  • Espero que recuerdes la fecha. (I hope you remember the date.)
  • Dudo que él/ella recuerde la canción. (I doubt he/she remembers the song.)
  • Sugiero que nosotros recordemos el compromiso. (I suggest we remember the commitment.)
  • Insisto en que vosotros recordéis la tarea. (I insist that you all remember the homework.)
  • Recomiendo que ellos/ellas recuerden las indicaciones. (I recommend they remember the instructions.)
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Imperfect Subjunctive

Iyorecordara, recordase
yourecordaras, recordases
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedrecordara, recordase
wenosotros,nosotrasrecordáramos, recordásemos
you pl.vosotros, vosotrasrecordarais, recordaseis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedesrecordaran, recordasen

When We Use the Imperfect Subjunctive

Just like the present subjunctive, the imperfect subjunctive in Spanish is used to express hypothetical situations, wishes, or doubts. 

However, this time it’s for past tense usage, so we use it to express these hypothetical situations about past actions. 

Examples of Recordar in the Imperfect Subjunctive

  • Si recordara su nombre, se lo diría. (If I remembered his/her name, I would tell him/her.)
  • No creía que recordaras el evento. (I didn’t think you remembered the event.)
  • Ojalá recordara las palabras exactas. (I wish he/she remembered the exact words.)
  • Si recordara el guión, no habría tenido tanta vergüenza. (If I had remembered the script, I wouldn’t have been so embarrassed.)
  • Dudaba que recordáramos la dirección. (I doubted we remembered the address.)
  • Si ella recordara la cita, no llegaría tarde. (If she remembered the appointment, she wouldn’t be late.)

Affirmative Imperative 

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,usted¡recuerde!
you pl.vosotros, vosotras¡recordad!
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedes¡recuerden!

When We Use The Affirmative Imperative

The imperative form of the verb “recordar” has the same stem as the preterite for the first person plural and one form of the second person plural – the verb stem + -emos , -ad (imperative endings).

It is important to remember that there is no imperative form in the first person singular (yo) or in the singular forms of the third person (él/ella).

Examples of How to Conjugate “Recordar” in the Affirmative Imperative

  • (Tú) Recuerda la fecha. (Remember the date.)
  • (Usted) Recuerde la cita. (Remember the appointment.)
  • (Nosotros) Recordemos los detalles. (Let’s remember the details.)
  • (Vosotros) Recordad el nombre. (Remember the name.)
  • (Ustedes) Recuerden el evento. (Remember the event.)
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Negative Imperative

you¡no recuerdes!
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,usted¡no recuerde!
wenosotros,nosotras¡no recordemos!
you pl.vosotros, vosotras¡no recordéis!
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedes¡no recuerden!

When We Use The Negative Imperative

The negative imperative is used to give commands or orders in a direct and negative manner.

In this case, we are instructing someone to not remember a particular thing in a certain way.

Examples of How to Conjugate “Recordar” in the Negative Imperative

  • (Tú) No recuerdes el pasado. (Don’t remember the past.)
  • (Usted) No recuerde ese incidente. (Don’t remember that incident.)
  • (Nosotros) No recordemos los errores. (Let’s not remember the mistakes.)
  • (Vosotros) No recordéis las dificultades. (Don’t remember the difficulties.)
  • (Ustedes) No recuerden ese momento. (Don’t remember that moment.)

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