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Wanting a Spanish verb
The Spanish verb querer has two distinct meanings in most tenses and moods, plus two more in the préterito. It’s stem-changing in the present tense and irregular just about everywhere else.
Querer = to want
|Quiero ser médico.||I want to be a doctor.|
|Quiere más dinero.||He wants more money.|
Querer = to love
|¿Me quieres?||Do you love me?|
|¡Quiero a mis perros!||I love my dogs!|
Querer + another verb
Semi-auxiliary verb: querer plus the infinitive (no preposition in between).
|Quiero ir.||I want to leave.|
|Queremos comer.||We want to eat.|
Main clause verb: querer que must be followed by the subjunctive.
|Quiero que te vayas.||I want you to leave.|
|Queremos que se lo coman.||We want them to eat it..|
Querer in the conditional
You can use querer in the conditional to soften a request:
|Querría un bocadillo.||I’d like a sandwich.|
|Querríamos dos cafés.||We’d like two coffees, please.|
Querer in the pretérito
In the imperfect, querer keeps its normal meanings of "to want" or "to love," but it has different meanings in the pretérito.
Affirmative: to try to
|Quise terminar el proyecto.||I tried to finish the project.|
|¿Quisiste salir antes?||Did you try to leave early?|
Negative: to refuse to
|No quise terminar el proyecto.||I refused to finish the project.|
|No quiso leer.||He refused to read.|
More examples: Querer in pretérito vs imperfecto
Querer in action
- Querer conjugations
- Querer conjugations quiz
- Expressions with querer
- Does querer need the subjunctive?
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