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Learn adorar conjugation in Imperfecto

adorar means: to adore, to worship
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In this conjugation lesson we will learn how to inflect the verb adorar in the Imperfecto tense of the Indicativo mood. It means we will see step by step how to create and translate forms of each grammatical person.

This lesson is specifically about the adorar conjugation. For an overview of Simple Tenses conjugation see our Simple Tenses Conjugation Chart.

You may also see this Video Presentation on how to conjugate verbs in Imperfecto. It’s embedded below, but using the above link you can see more detailed information on conjugation in this tense as well as explanation of exceptions and special cases.

How to translate Imperfecto to English

Note that the phrases in English provided below next to each conjugation are not direct translations from Spanish to English. They are usually the closest general equivalents. The example differences are:
  • In Spanish conjugation, there is the form usted in the third person singular. But this person does not translate to the English third person singular. It translates to the so called formal you and uses the inflected form which is most often represented as he/she/it in English conjugation charts.
  • Similar situation happens in the third person plural, where ustedes translates to the English plural formal you but uses the form which corresponds to the they form in English.
  • Tenses are used differently in Spanish and English, so the actual translation should always take into account the context and focus on translating the meaning, not just words.
  • In both languages each verb may have multiple meanings and not every meaning translates directly to the other language. Here also, the context and focusing on the particular meaning helps to create the most accurate translation.


Note the timeline

The ability to accurately locate the intended position on the timeline is an important skill for the right use of tenses. So pay attention to the timeline in our lessons and visualize it while listening, speaking, reading or writing. After a bit practice you’ll be capable of selecting the right tense to use much easier.timeline preterito imperfecto how to conjugate spanish verbs

Step by step instructions

Imperfecto belongs to the simple tenses group, which means that all of the inflected forms are one word long. There are also compound (compuesto) tenses in the Spanish language, where each inflected form consists of two words.The verb adorar has regular conjugation in the Imperfecto tense of the Indicativo mood. It means this verb just follows the basic rules for its conjugation group (-ar) without spelling corrections or exceptions. This tense is really easy, because there are only three irregular verbs!
The basis for this conjugation is the stem of the verb, so we need to start by splitting the infinitive into a stem and an ending. It’s very easy to do. Simply remove two letters from the end of the infinitive and you have the ending — one of -ar, -er or -ir. What’s left is the stem. So for adorar:
  • the stem is: ador-
  • and the ending is: -ar
Use the stem ador- in each subject as the basis for the conjugations, the common prefix or root that each of the forms begins with.
Next, add to this regular stem the endings specific to each person. See the image on the side showing all the six endings. Note both the shapes and colors of the letters. They are arranged to help you find patterns and make it easier to remember these endings.Each grammatical person has a specific ending in each of the three conjugation groups -ar, -er, -ir.
endings preterito imperfecto ar how to conjugate spanish verbs
Add the regular ending -aba for the first person singular to create adoraba:
  • yo adoraba – I adored
Similarly add the regular ending -abas for the second person singular to create adorabas:
  • tú adorabas – you adored
One more time add the regular ending -aba for the third person singular to create adoraba:
  • él adoraba – he adored
  • ella adoraba – she adored
  • usted adoraba – (formal) you adored
Similarly add the regular ending -ábamos for the first person plural to create adorábamos.
Note difference in spelling

Only the first person plural has an accent here.

This difference exists only in case of the verbs from the -ar group. Other groups always have an accented i in the ending in this tense.So add the accent to get adorábamos:
  • nosotros adorábamos – we adored
  • nosotras adorábamos – (feminine) we adored
And similarly add the regular ending -abais for the second person plural to create adorabais:
  • vosotros adorabais – (plural) you adored
  • vosotras adorabais – (feminine, plural) you adored
Like previously add the regular ending -aban for the third person plural to create adoraban:
  • ellos adoraban – they adored
  • ellas adoraban – (feminine) they adored
  • ustedes adoraban – (formal, plural) you adored

Hurray! The conjugation is now finished. The final result looks as follows:

yoadorabaI adored
adorabasyou adored
él/ella/ustedadorabahe/she/it adored
nosotros/nosotrasadorábamoswe adored
vosotros/vosotrasadorabaisyou adored
ellos/ellas/ustedesadorabanthey adored
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But do not end your session yet – it’s important to repeat and practice the material in order to retain it. Check below for next steps.

Next Steps to Perfection

  • To practice this conjugation and test your knowledge check this Conjugation Exercise or the Memory Game
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  • For exercises and examples related to adorar visit our Exercise section
  • To see conjugation charts in all tenses for adorar visit the Conjugator
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