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Learn volatilizar conjugation in Pretérito

volatilizar means: to vaporize
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In this conjugation lesson we will learn how to conjugate the verb volatilizar 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 volatilizar conjugation. For a general overview of Simple Tenses conjugation have a look at 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 may see 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 conjugated forms are one word long. There are also compound (compuesto) tenses in the Spanish language, where each conjugated verb form consists of two words.The verb volatilizar in the Pretérito tense of the Indicativo mood conjugates following the normal conjugation rules for its group (-ar), although one spelling correction is necessary. The spelling corrections are in most cases not considered to be irregularities because they are predictable and often happen only in spelling to match the pronounced forms. For instance these are changes necessary to keep the same consonant sound before the letters e/i and a/o which influence the pronunciation of c, g, z and others. Other corrections are accent changes, adding or dropping letters, and so on.
The basis for the conjugation in this tense is the stem of the 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 or -ir. What’s left is the stem. So in case of the verb volatilizar it’s easy to see that:
  • the stem is: volatiliz-
  • and the ending is: -ar
Use the stem volatiliz- in each subject 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. See the image on the side showing all the six 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 volatilizé:
  • yo volatilizé – I vaporized
A spelling correction is necessary here.

Because the pronunciation is different when the letter z is followed by a/o/u and different when followed by e/i, we need to change the spelling of the stem to preserve the pronunciation of the infinitive. The letter c when followed by e/i is pronounced like the letter z when followed by a/o/u.So change z to c to get volatilicé:
  • yo volatilicé – I vaporized
And again add the regular ending -aste for the second person singular to create volatilizaste:
  • tú volatilizaste – you vaporized
And again add the regular ending for the third person singular to create volatilizó:
  • él volatilizó – he vaporized
  • ella volatilizó – she vaporized
  • usted volatilizó – (formal) you vaporized
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One more time add the regular ending -amos for the first person plural to create volatilizamos:
  • nosotros volatilizamos – we vaporized
  • nosotras volatilizamos – (feminine) we vaporized
And one more time add the regular ending -asteis for the second person plural to create volatilizasteis:
  • vosotros volatilizasteis – (plural) you vaporized
  • vosotras volatilizasteis – (feminine, plural) you vaporized
And once more add the regular ending -aron for the third person plural to create volatilizaron:
  • ellos volatilizaron – they vaporized
  • ellas volatilizaron – (feminine) they vaporized
  • ustedes volatilizaron – (formal, plural) you vaporized

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

yovolatilicéI vaporized
volatilizasteyou vaporized
él/ella/ustedvolatilizóhe/she/it vaporized
nosotros/nosotrasvolatilizamoswe vaporized
vosotros/vosotrasvolatilizasteisyou vaporized
ellos/ellas/ustedesvolatilizaronthey vaporized
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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 yourself check this Conjugation Exercise or the Memory Game
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  • For exercises and examples related to volatilizar visit our Exercise section
  • To see conjugation charts in all tenses for volatilizar visit the Conjugator
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