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Learn discutir conjugation in Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto

discutir means: to discuss, to argue, to debate, to talk over, to altercate
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In this Spanish conjugation lesson we will see how to conjugate the verb discutir in the Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto tense of the Indicativo mood. It means we will see step by step how to create and translate forms of each grammatical person.

How to translate Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto to English

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

In a compound tense the endings of the auxiliary verb change, not the endings 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 Indicativo tense, we use the Pretérito Imperfecto de Indicativo (Imperfect) conjugation of haber
  • Past Participle, which is always the same in every compound tense for a given verb
Refer to the conjugation charts and this haber conjugation lesson to learn how to conjugate the auxiliary verb haber. That’s a separate topic, so for brevity we will focus on the parts derived from discutir only in this lesson.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 very easy to do – just remove two letters from the end of the infinitive and you have the ending – one of -ar, -er, -ir. What’s left is the stem.So in case of the verb discutir it’s easy to see that:
  • the stem is: discut-
  • and the ending is: -ir
Based on the ending of the infinitive we can recognize that discutir belongs to the -ir verb group. This group, in turn, uses the -ido ending in its Participio form. Putting all that together, our Participio is: discutido.

Now, as we understand how both parts used by this tense are created separately, we can 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 Indicativo, which is había. To that we add the Participio discutido to get había discutido:
  • yo había discutido – I had discussed
Next, to create the form for the second person singular, we again simply take the second person singular form of haber from the Pretérito Imperfecto de Indicativo tense, and that is habías. To this auxiliary verb we add the Participio discutido (so the exact same word as previously) to get habías discutido:
  • tú habías discutido – you had discussed
Similarly, if we want to create the form for the third person singular, we conjugate haber in the Imperfecto tense and we utilize the corresponding person’s form (third person singular), namely había. Then we also take the same Participio as for all other persons, and putting them together we get había discutido:
  • él había discutido – he had discussed
  • ella había discutido – she had discussed
  • usted había discutido – (formal) you had discussed
The first person plural has the form habíamos discutido. 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 Indicativo tense: habíamos. Second, to this word we again add the Participio of discutir: discutido to get habíamos discutido:
  • nosotros habíamos discutido – we had discussed
  • nosotras habíamos discutido – (feminine) we had discussed
Again, let’s do the same for the second person plural. We need to get the conjugated form of the verb haber in the Pretérito Imperfecto de Indicativo tense, second person plural, and that’s habíais. Next, we take the unchanged Participio, we join them, and we get habíais discutido:
  • vosotros habíais discutido – (plural) you had discussed
  • vosotras habíais discutido – (feminine, plural) you had discussed
And finally, the last grammatical person on the list, the third person plural, has the form habían discutido. 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 Imperfecto conjugation. It is habían. We add the Participio of discutir again (discutido) to get habían discutido:
  • ellos habían discutido – they had discussed
  • ellas habían discutido – (feminine) they had discussed
  • ustedes habían discutido – (formal, plural) you had discussed

¡Ya está! The conjugation is now complete. Put together, the conjugation chart looks like this:

yohabía discutidoI had discussed
habías discutidoyou had discussed
él/ella/ustedhabía discutidohe/she/it had discussed
nosotros/nosotrashabíamos discutidowe had discussed
vosotros/vosotrashabíais discutidoyou had discussed
ellos/ellas/ustedeshabían discutidothey had discussed
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