Salir Conjugation Chart & Full Tense Guide

The Spanish verb “salir” means “to go out”. As an irregular verb, mastering its conjugation is vital for clear communication and to avoid making predictable grammatical errors.

I’m James, from Learn Spanish With James. In this guide, we’ll explore “salir” conjugation across indicative, imperative and subjunctive tenses and moods. 

I’ll also provide example sentences with their verb forms and English translations for each.

By the end of this guide, you’ll know how to conjugate ”salir” and with some practice, and be able to confidently use this Spanish verb in various contexts in your conversations.

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Present Tense

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedsale
you pl.vosotros, vosotrassalís
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedessalen

When we use the Present Tense

The present tense is used to describe actions that are happening right now or actions that happen regularly. 

In the present indicative tense, the only irregular form of “salir” is the first person singular conjugation (yo), which has the ending – go , similar to other verbs that end in -ir.

The first example sentence below, and the “salir” conjugation chart above, show this in context.

In order to talk about ongoing actions, you can also use the present continuous tense, formed with the appropriate form of the auxiliary Spanish verb “estar” and present participle “saliendo.” 

For example, “Estoy saliendo con Laura. (I am going out with Laura.), or “Estamos saliendo a pasear por el parque.” (We are going out for a walk in the park.). 

Just be cautious when using the gerund in Spanish; it is used a lot less than in English.

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

  • Yo salgo temprano todos los días. (I leave early every day.)
  • sales con tus amigos los viernes. (You leave with your friends on Fridays.)
  • Él/ella sale de la casa a las cinco. (He leaves the house at five.)
  • Nosotros salimos juntos esta noche. (We leave together tonight.)
  • Vosotros salís de la fiesta muy tarde. (You all leave the party very late.)
  • Ellos/ellas salen a pasear después de la cena. (They go out for a walk after dinner.)

Preterite Tense

he, she. it, you (formal)él, ella, ustedsalió
wenosotros, nosotrassalimos
you (plural)vosotros, vosotrassalisteis
they, you (pl. formal)ellos, ellas, ustedessalieron

When we use the Preterite Tense

The preterite tense in Spanish allows us to describe actions that were completed at a specific point in the past. It indicates actions that have already happened and are no longer ongoing.

Even though this is an irregular verb, it’s actually easy to conjugate ”salir” in Spanish for this past tense, as you can see in the examples.

Examples of the Preterite Conjugation for “Salir” in Spanish

  • Yo salí con mis amigos ayer. (I went out with my friends yesterday.)
  • saliste de la fiesta muy tarde. (You left the party very late.)
  • Él/ella salió de viaje la semana pasada. (He went on a trip last week.)
  • Nosotros salimos a cenar anoche. (We went out to dinner last night.)
  • Vosotros salisteis a caminar por el parque. (You all went for a walk in the park.)
  • Ellos/ellas salieron de la oficina temprano. (They left the office early.)

Imperfect Tense

he, she, it, you (formal)él, ella, usted salía
wenosotros, nosotrassalíamos
you (plural)vosotros, vosotrassalíais
they, you(pl. formal)ellos, ellas, ustedessalían

When we use the Imperfect Tense

We use the imperfect tense in Spanish to describe actions that were ongoing or habitual in the past. 

You should notice that this is different from the preterite tense, which we used to describe complete actions.

Remember, the imperfect tense is put into practice when we want to express descriptions, background information, or past actions with no specific endpoint.

Check out the “salir” conjugation chart above to see these conjugations, as well as the example sentences and translations below.

Examples of the Imperfect Tense Conjugation for “Salir” in Spanish

  • Yo salía de casa cuando empezaba a anochecer. (I used to leave home when it started to get dark.)
  • Tú salías con tus amigos todos los fines de semana. (You used to go out with your friends every weekend.)
  • Él salía a correr por las mañanas. (He used to go out for a run in the mornings.)
  • Nosotros salíamos a pasear por el parque cada tarde. (We used to go for a walk in the park every afternoon.)
  • Vosotros salíais a comprar el pan todas las mañanas. (You all used to go buy bread every morning.)
  • Ellos/ellas salían de la oficina muy cansados. (They used to leave the office very tired.)

Future Tense

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedsaldrá
you pl.vosotros, vosotrassaldréis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedessaldrán

When we use the Future Tense

The future tense is used to express actions that will happen in the future. 

This may sound obvious, but many learners confuse the future tense (will) with the conditional tense (would).

This tense indicates actions that have not yet occurred but are expected to occur at some point later.

In addition, you’ll notice that “salir” is highly irregular in the future tense. 

Examples of the Future Tense “Salir Conjugation”

  • Yo saldré de vacaciones el próximo mes. (I will go on vacation next month.)
  • saldrás con tus amigos esta noche. (You will go out with your friends tonight.)
  • Él saldrá de viaje el año que viene. (He will go on a trip next year.)
  • Nosotros saldremos a celebrar tu cumpleaños. (We will go out to celebrate your birthday.)
  • Vosotros saldréis a comprar los regalos. (You all will go out to buy the presents.)
  • Ellos/ellas saldrán a cenar al restaurante nuevo. (They will go out to dinner at the new restaurant.)

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Conditional Tense

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedsaldría
you pl.vosotros, vosotrassaldríais
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedessaldrían

When we use the Conditional Tense

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

It is often used to convey polite requests or to talk about future actions that are dependent on certain conditions.

Just like the future tense, the conditional tense conjugations of “salir” are irregular.

Examples of the Conditional “Salir Conjugation”

  • Yo saldría a cenar fuera esta noche si no estuviéramos tan cansados. (I would go out to dinner tonight if we weren’t so tired.)
  • saldrías conmigo si me lo pidieras. (You would go out with me if you asked me.)
  • Él/ella saldría a explorar la ciudad si tuviera más tiempo libre. (He would go out to explore the city if he had more free time.)
  • Nosotros saldríamos de fiesta si fuera viernes. (We would go out partying if it were Friday.)
  • Vosotros saldríais de viaje si ganarais la lotería. (You all would go on a trip if you won the lottery.)
  • Ellos/ellas saldrían a pasear por el parque si el clima fuera más agradable. (They would go for a walk in the park if the weather were nicer.)

Perfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhasalido
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabéissalido
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshansalido

When we use the Perfect Tense

The preterite perfect tense is used to describe actions that have been completed in the recent past, similar to the present perfect tense in English.

Like many of the past and future tenses we are about to cover, it is formed using the auxiliary verb “haber” in the preterite tense followed by the participle ”salido.”

Examples of the Preterite Perfect “Salir Conjugation”

  • Yo he salido de la oficina hace poco. (I have just left the office.)
  • has salido a comprar el pan. (You have gone out to buy bread.)
  • Él/ella ha salido con sus amigos esta tarde. (He has gone out with his friends this afternoon.)
  • Nosotros hemos salido a dar un paseo. (We have gone out for a walk.)
  • Vosotros habéis salido a cenar fuera. (You all have gone out to dinner.)
  • Ellos/ellas han salido temprano de la fiesta. (They have left the party early.)

Pluperfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabíasalido
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabíaissalido
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabíansalido

When we use the Pluperfect Tense

The pluperfect tense is used to describe actions that had already been completed before another past action. 

So, each pluperfect ”salir” conjugation in Spanish is formed using the imperfect tense of the auxiliary verb “haber” followed by the participle ”salido.”

Examples of the Pluperfect “Salir Conjugation”

  • Yo había salido antes de que empezara la tormenta. (I had left before the storm started.)
  • Tú habías salido cuando llegué a tu casa. (You had left when I arrived at your house.)
  • Él/ella había salido de viaje antes de su cumpleaños. (He had gone on a trip before his birthday.)
  • Nosotros habíamos salido de la fiesta cuando comenzó la pelea. (We had left the party when the fight started.)
  • Vosotros habíais salido a caminar por la playa antes de que oscureciera. (You all had gone for a walk on the beach before it got dark.)
  • Ellos/ellas habían salido de la reunión cuando el jefe anunció los cambios. (They had left the meeting when the boss announced the changes.)

Future Perfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabrásalido
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabréissalido
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabránsalido

When we use the Future Perfect Tense

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

For the verb “salir,” it is formed using the future tense of the auxiliary verb “haber” followed by the past participle ”salido.”

Examples of each “salir” conjugation in the future perfect tense are visible in the chart above, and in the examples sentences below.

Examples of the Future Perfect “Salir Conjugation”

  • Yo habré salido de la universidad para entonces. (I will have graduated from university by then.)
  • habrás salido de casa antes de que llegue el mensajero. (You will have left home before the deliveryman arrives.)
  • Él habrá salido del país para el próximo año. (He will have left the country by next year.)
  • Nosotros habremos salido de la oficina cuando empiece el tráfico. (We will have left the office by the time the traffic starts.)
  • Vosotros habréis salido de la tienda antes de que cierre. (You all will have left the store before it closes.)
  • Ellos habrán salido del restaurante antes de que comience el espectáculo. (They will have left the restaurant before the show starts.)

Conditional Perfect Tense

PronounsPronombresAuxiliary verb ‘haber’
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedhabríasalido
you pl.vosotros, vosotrashabríaissalido
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedeshabríansalido

When we use the Conditional Perfect Tense

The conditional perfect tense in Spanish describes actions that would have been completed under certain conditions or hypothetical situations in the past.

Just like the previous examples, we form this tense by using the conditional tense of the auxiliary verb “haber” followed by the past participle ”salido.”

Examples of the Conditional Perfect ”Salir” Conjugation

  • Yo habría salido contigo si me lo hubieras pedido. (I would have gone out with you if you had asked me.)
  • habrías salido de fiesta si no estuvieras enfermo. (You would have gone out partying if you weren’t sick.)
  • Él habría salido antes si hubiera tenido más tiempo. (He would have left earlier if he had had more time.)
  • Nosotros habríamos salido a celebrar si hubiéramos ganado el partido. (We would have gone out to celebrate if we had won the game.)
  • Vosotros habríais salido de vacaciones si hubiera hecho buen tiempo. (You all would have gone on vacation if the weather had been nice.)
  • Ellos habrían salido de casa si no hubiera llovido. (They would have left the house if it hadn’t rained.)

Present Subjunctive

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedsalga
you pl.vosotros, vosotrassalgáis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedessalgan

When we use the Present Subjunctive

This type of subjunctive is used to express desires, doubts, wishes, or uncertain situations.

The irregular verb “salir” is often used in the subjunctive in dependent clauses following certain expressions or verbs.

If you have learned the present tense conjugations of “salir” already, then learning the present subjunctive conjugations of “salir” will become much easier.

Examples of “Salir” in the Subjunctive

  • Espero que yo salga temprano del trabajo hoy. (I hope I leave work early today.)
  • No creo que tú salgas sin avisar. (I don’t think you’ll leave without letting us know.)
  • Quiero que él/ella salga bien en su examen. (I want him to do well on his exam.)
  • Es importante que nosotros salgamos con tiempo para no llegar tarde. (It’s important for us to leave with time so we don’t arrive late.)
  • Dudo que vosotros salgáis a tiempo para el concierto. (I doubt you all will leave on time for the concert.)
  • Ojalá que ellos salgan pronto de la reunión. (I hope they leave the meeting soon.)

Imperfect Subjunctive

Iyosaliera, saliese
yousalieras, salieses
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,ustedsaliera, saliese
wenosotros,nosotrassaliéramos, saliésemos
you pl.vosotros, vosotrassalierais, salieseis
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedessalieran, saliesen

When we use the Imperfect Subjunctive

The imperfect subjunctive is used to express hypothetical situations, wishes, or desires in the past. 

It is often used in dependent clauses following certain expressions or verbs.

Examples of the Imperfect Subjunctive

  • Si yo saliera más temprano, llegaría a casa antes. (If I left earlier, I would get home sooner.)
  • Me gustaría que tú salieras más con nosotros. (I would like you to go out more with us.)
  • Sería mejor que él saliera con más abrigo. (It would be better if he went out with more warm clothing.)
  • Nos gustaría que nosotros saliéramos de vacaciones juntos. (We would like us to go on vacation together.)
  • Preferiríamos que vosotros salierais más tarde para evitar el tráfico. (We would prefer you all to leave later to avoid the traffic.)
  • Sería genial que ellos salieran de la ciudad por un tiempo. (It would be great if they left the city for a while.)

Affirmative Imperative 

he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,usted¡salga!
you pl.vosotros, vosotras¡salid!
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedes¡salgan!

When We Use The Affirmative Imperative

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

When using the verb “salir” in the affirmative imperative, you’re instructing someone to go out or leave, usually referring to the second person singular and the second person plural.

Examples of the Affirmative Imperative “Salir Conjugation”

  • ¡Tú, sal ahora mismo. (You, leave right now.)
  • ¡Usted, salga de la sala por favor. (You, leave the room, please.)
  • ¡Nosotros, salgamos juntos esta noche. (Let’s leave together tonight.)
  • ¡Vosotros, salid antes de que empiece la película. (You all, leave before the movie starts.)
  • ¡Ustedes, salgan con precaución. (You all, leave cautiously.)

Negative Imperative

you¡no salgas!
he,she,it, you(formal)él,ella,usted¡no salga!
wenosotros,nosotras¡no salgamos!
you pl.vosotros, vosotras¡no salgáis!
they, you pl. (formal)ellos,ellas,ustedes¡no salgan!

When We Use The Negative Imperative

The negative imperative is used to give commands or orders in a direct and negative manner, instructing someone not to perform a specific action.

When using the verb “salir” in the negative imperative, you’re prohibiting someone from going out or leaving. 

Here is how to conjugate ”salir” in the negative imperative mood.

Examples of the Negative Imperative “Salir Conjugation”

  • ¡Tú, no salgas esta noche. (You, don’t go out tonight.)
  • ¡Usted, no salga del edificio sin su identificación. (You, don’t leave the building without your ID.)
  • ¡Nosotros, no salgamos hasta que termine la lluvia. (Let’s not leave until the rain stops.)
  • ¡Vosotros, no salgáis sin abrigo, hace frío. (You all, don’t go out without a coat, it’s cold.)
  • ¡Ustedes, no salgan de la casa sin permiso. (You all, don’t leave the house without permission.)

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