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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 inflect 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 an overview of Simple Tenses conjugation have a look at the Simple Tenses Conjugation Chart.

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

How to translate Pretérito to English

Note that the English phrases 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 its conjugated forms are one word long. There are also compound (compuesto) tenses in the Spanish language, where each conjugated form consists of two words.The verb volatilizar in the Pretérito tense of the Indicativo mood conjugates following the general conjugation rules for its conjugation group (-ar), although one spelling correction is necessary. The spelling corrections are usually not considered to be irregularities because they are predictable and often happen only in spelling to match the pronounced forms. Examples include corrections needed to keep the same consonant sound before the letters a/o and e/i which influence how c/z, g/gu and a few others are pronounced. Other correction types include accent changes, adding or dropping letters, and so on.
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 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: volatiliz-
  • and the ending is: -ar
Use the stem volatiliz- in each subject as the basis for conjugation, 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 both 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
One more time add the regular ending -aste for the second person singular to create volatilizaste:
  • tú volatilizaste – you vaporized
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
And add the regular ending -amos for the first person plural to create volatilizamos:
  • nosotros volatilizamos – we vaporized
  • nosotras volatilizamos – (feminine) we vaporized
Similarly add the regular ending -asteis for the second person plural to create volatilizasteis:
  • vosotros volatilizasteis – (plural) you vaporized
  • vosotras volatilizasteis – (feminine, plural) you vaporized
Again 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

That’s it! 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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Next Steps to Perfection

  • To practice this conjugation and test your knowledge check this Conjugation Exercise or the Memory Game
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