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Learn adorar conjugation in Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto A

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 Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto A tense of the Subjuntivo mood. It means we will see step by step how to create and translate forms of each grammatical person.

How to translate Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto A 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.


Step by step instructions

Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto A is a compound tense (Spanish: compuesto). It means that all of its inflected forms consist of two words. In Spanish language, there are also simple tenses, where each inflected verb form is one word long.

A compound tense is indicated by the ending of the auxiliary verb, not by the ending of the main verb, which is the case in Spanish simple tenses.In the compound tenses, every person’s form consist of two parts:
  • A conjugated form of the auxiliary verb haber. In case of the Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo A tense, we use the Pretérito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo A (Imperfect Subjunctive A) conjugation of haber
  • Past Participle, which is always the same in every compound tense for a given verb
Refer to the conjugation charts to learn how to conjugate the auxiliary verb haber. That’s a separate topic, so for brevity we are focusing on the parts derived from adorar only here.In order to create the Participio form, we need a stem and an ending. We use the stem of the infinitive of the main verb, and a single ending, which depends on the conjugation group of the main verb. So we 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 to get the ending – one of -ar, -er, -ir. What’s left is the stem.So for our verb:
  • the stem is: ador-
  • and the ending is: -ar
Based on the ending of the infinitive we can recognize that adorar belongs to the -ar verb group. This group, in turn, uses the -ado ending in its Participio form. Putting all that together, our Participio is: adorado.

Now, as we understand how both parts used by this tense are created separately, let’s move on with creating the final conjugation forms.
In order to create the first person singular form, we need to take the first person singular form of haber conjugated in Pretérito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo A, which is hubiera. And to that we add the Participio adorado to get hubiera adorado:
  • yo hubiera adorado – I had adored
Next, to create the form for the second person singular, we again need to take the second person singular form of haber from the Pretérito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo A tense, and it is hubieras. And to this auxiliary verb we add the Participio adorado (so the exact same word as previously) to get hubieras adorado:
  • tú hubieras adorado – you had adored
Similarly, if we want to create the form for the third person singular, we conjugate haber in the Pretérito Imperfecto A tense and we utilize the corresponding person’s form (third person singular), namely hubiera. Then we also take the same Participio as for all other persons, and putting them together we get hubiera adorado:
  • él hubiera adorado – he had adored
  • ella hubiera adorado – she had adored
  • usted hubiera adorado – (formal) you had adored
The first person plural has the form hubiéramos adorado. It’s created by following the same logic as in the other persons. We first take the form of the first person plural from haber conjugation in the Pretérito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo A tense: hubiéramos. Second, to this word we again add the Participio of adorar: adorado to get hubiéramos adorado:
  • nosotros hubiéramos adorado – we had adored
  • nosotras hubiéramos adorado – (feminine) we had adored
Again, let’s do the same for the second person plural. We have to get the conjugated form of the verb haber in the Pretérito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo A tense, second person plural, and that’s hubierais. Next, we take the unchanged Participio, we join them, and we get hubierais adorado:
  • vosotros hubierais adorado – (plural) you had adored
  • vosotras hubierais adorado – (feminine, plural) you had adored
And finally, the last grammatical person on the list, the third person plural, has the form hubieran adorado. We create it in the exact same manner as in all the other grammatical persons. We need the third person plural of haber first, from its Pretérito Imperfecto A conjugation. It is hubieran. We add the Participio of adorar again (adorado) to get hubieran adorado:
  • ellos hubieran adorado – they had adored
  • ellas hubieran adorado – (feminine) they had adored
  • ustedes hubieran adorado – (formal, plural) you had adored

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

yohubiera adoradoI had adored
hubieras adoradoyou had adored
él/ella/ustedhubiera adoradohe/she/it had adored
nosotros/nosotrashubiéramos adoradowe had adored
vosotros/vosotrashubierais adoradoyou had adored
ellos/ellas/ustedeshubieran adoradothey had adored
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