Ideal Guide to Irregular Spanish Verbs. Pensar (To Think), Part 1

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In this Ideal Guide to Irregular Spanish Verbs today we’re going to focus on another very common Spanish verb: pensar (to think).

In other posts we’ll use the irregular Spanish verb pensar as a pattern for other irregular verbs. This means that learning it well now will save you a lot of study time at a later stage, and many headaches.

In this post we’re going to concentrate on the conjugation of the irregular Spanish verb pensar in six main tenses: present, present perfect, imperfect, preterite, future and conditional.

Irregular Spanish verbs: pensar. Conjugations

Pensar :: To think :: Present
yo pienso I think
piensas you (singular, informal) think
él / ella / usted piensa he / she / it / you (singular, formal) think(s)
nosotros / nosotras pensamos we think
vosotros / vosotras pensáis you (plural, informal) think
ellos / ellas / ustedes piensan they / you (plural, formal) think
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Pensar :: To think :: Present perfect
yo he pensado I have thought
has pensado you (singular, informal) have thought
él / ella / usted ha pensado he/she/it/you (s., f.) has/have thought
nosotros / nosotras hemos pensado we have thought
vosotros / vosotras habéis pensado you (plural, informal) have thought
ellos / ellas / ustedes han pensado they / you (plural, formal) have thought
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Pensar :: To think :: Imperfect
yo pensaba I thought
pensabas you (singular, informal) thought
él / ella / usted pensaba he / she / it / you (singular, formal) thought
nosotros / nosotras pensábamos we thought
vosotros / vosotras pensabais you (plural, informal) thought
ellos / ellas / ustedes pensaban they / you (plural, formal) thought
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Pensar :: To think :: Preterite
yo pensé I thought
pensaste you (singular, informal) thought
él / ella / usted pensó he / she / it / you (singular, formal) thought
nosotros / nosotras pensamos we thought
vosotros / vosotras pensasteis you (plural, informal) thought
ellos / ellas / ustedes pensaron they / you (plural, formal) thought
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Pensar :: To think :: Future
yo pensaré I will think
pensarás you (singular, informal) will think
él / ella / usted pensará he / she / it / you (singular, formal) will think
nosotros / nosotras pensaremos we will think
vosotros / vosotras pensaréis you (plural, informal) will think
ellos / ellas / ustedes pensarán they / you (plural, formal) will think
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Pensar :: To think :: Conditional
yo pensaría I would think
pensarías you (singular, informal) would think
él / ella / usted pensaría he/she/it/you (singular, formal) would think
nosotros / nosotras pensaríamos we would think
vosotros / vosotras pensaríais you (plural, informal) would think
ellos / ellas / ustedes pensarían they / you (plural, formal) would think

Irregular Spanish verbs: pensar. Learning tips

If you compare the conjugation of the irregular Spanish verb pensar with that of regular ‘ar’ verbs, you’ll find that many ‘pensar’ forms follow the regular patterns.

The present perfect, imperfect, future and conditional tenses are all regular in the six persons.

That leaves us with the present and the preterite. These are the tenses you should focus on the most. Make sure you master them before you move on to other irregular Spanish verbs.

You can learn and practice the irregular Spanish verbs, including pensar, with this highly recommended Spanish verb course with audio.

If you want more tips on how to learn the irregular Spanish verbs fast and efficiently, have a look at my user-friendly guide How to Learn Spanish.

It’s your turn

Can you think of other irregular Spanish verbs that conjugate like ‘pensar’? Type them in the comment box below.

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Comments

  1. Abbas Hussein says:

    Hello. Hope you are fine.First, I would like to thank you for your valuable information about verbs. Really, it is very useful especially for the beginners like me. We are waiting for more lesson.

    Thanks
    Abbas

    • Abbas, thanks a lot for your comment. There will indeed be plenty more verb lessons to come.

      I’m also working on the free podcast version of the lessons on this blog. You may want to subscribe to my newsletter through the link above to get notified when the podcast comes out!

      Maria

  2. pradeep kumar says:

    Hola Maria,

    Yo lei el verbo “pensar”. estuve muy contento para leer. espero que me mensajes muchos verbos con conjugar. y tambien tu eres muy buena profesora. A mi me gusta te mucho.

    Adios

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