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Learn crear conjugation in Pretérito

crear means: to create
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In this Spanish conjugation lesson we will learn how to inflect the verb crear 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 crear conjugation. For a general overview of Simple Tenses conjugation see our Simple Tenses Conjugation Chart.

You may also see this Video Presentation on how to conjugate verbs in Pretérito. It’s embedded below, but using the above link you can see additional information on conjugation in this tense as well as 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.


Note the timeline

The ability to correctly locate the desired position on the timeline is an important skill for the right choice of tenses. So pay attention to the timeline in our lessons and visualize it while listening, speaking, reading or writing. After some practice you’ll be able to select the right tense to use much easier.timeline preterito perfecto simple how to conjugate spanish verbs

Step by step instructions

Pretérito belongs to the simple tenses group, which means that all of the conjugated forms are one word long. There are also compound (compuesto) tenses in Spanish language, where each inflected form consists of two words.The verb crear has regular conjugation in the Pretérito tense of the Indicativo mood. It means that this verb simply follows the general 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 begin 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 our verb:
  • the stem is: cre-
  • and the ending is: -ar
Use the stem cre- in each subject as the basis for conjugation, the common prefix 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. Notice both the colors and shapes of the letters. It will 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 creé:
  • yo creé – I created
And once more add the regular ending -aste for the second person singular to create creaste:
  • tú creaste – you created
And similarly add the regular ending for the third person singular to create creó:
  • él creó – he created
  • ella creó – she created
  • usted creó – (formal) you created
Also as in the previous case add the regular ending -amos for the first person plural to create creamos:
  • nosotros creamos – we created
  • nosotras creamos – (feminine) we created
Once more add the regular ending -asteis for the second person plural to create creasteis:
  • vosotros creasteis – (plural) you created
  • vosotras creasteis – (feminine, plural) you created
And as before add the regular ending -aron for the third person plural to create crearon:
  • ellos crearon – they created
  • ellas crearon – (feminine) they created
  • ustedes crearon – (formal, plural) you created

This is it! The conjugation is now done. The final result looks as follows:

yocreéI created
creasteyou created
él/ella/ustedcreóhe/she/it created
nosotros/nosotrascreamoswe created
vosotros/vosotrascreasteisyou created
ellos/ellas/ustedescrearonthey created
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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 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 crear visit our Exercise section
  • To see conjugation charts in all tenses for crear visit the Conjugator
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