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Learn adorar conjugation in Pretérito

adorar means: to adore, to worship
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In this conjugation lesson we will see how to inflect the verb adorar in the Pretérito 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 a general overview of all the Simple Tenses conjugation check our Simple Tenses Conjugation Chart.

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

How to translate Pretérito 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.


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Step by step instructions

Pretérito 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 verb form consists of two words.The verb adorar has an entirely regular conjugation in the Pretérito tense of the Indicativo mood. It means this verb simply follows the basic rules for its group (-ar) without spelling corrections or exceptions.
The basis for this conjugation is the stem of the verb, so we have to start by splitting the infinitive into a stem and an ending. It’s really 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 person as the basis for 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. Check out the image showing all the endings. Notice the colors and shapes 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.
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Add the regular ending for the first person singular to create adoré:
  • yo adoré – I adored
Similarly add the regular ending -aste for the second person singular to create adoraste:
  • tú adoraste – you adored
Once more add the regular ending for the third person singular to create adoró:
  • él adoró – he adored
  • ella adoró – she adored
  • usted adoró – (formal) you adored
As before add the regular ending -amos for the first person plural to create adoramos:
  • nosotros adoramos – we adored
  • nosotras adoramos – (feminine) we adored
Again add the regular ending -asteis for the second person plural to create adorasteis:
  • vosotros adorasteis – (plural) you adored
  • vosotras adorasteis – (feminine, plural) you adored
And similarly add the regular ending -aron for the third person plural to create adoraron:
  • ellos adoraron – they adored
  • ellas adoraron – (feminine) they adored
  • ustedes adoraron – (formal, plural) you adored

This is it! The conjugation is now finished. Put together, the conjugation chart looks like this:

yoadoréI adored
adorasteyou adored
él/ella/ustedadoróhe/she/it adored
nosotros/nosotrasadoramoswe adored
vosotros/vosotrasadorasteisyou adored
ellos/ellas/ustedesadoraronthey adored
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But do not end your session yet – it is very important to repeat and practice the material in order to retain it. Check below for some links.

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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