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volatilizar means: to vaporize
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In this conjugation lesson we will learn how to inflect the verb volatilizar 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 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.


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 conjugated 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:
  • An inflected 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’ll focus on the parts derived from volatilizar 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 have to begin by splitting the infinitive into a stem and an ending. It’s really easy to do – just remove two letters from the end of the infinitive form to get the ending – one of -ar, -er, -ir. What’s left is the stem.So in case of our verb:
  • the stem is: volatiliz-
  • and the ending is: -ar
Based on the ending of the infinitive we can recognize that volatilizar 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: volatilizado.

And 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 simply take the first person singular form of haber conjugated in Pretérito Imperfecto de Indicativo, which is había. To that we add the Participio volatilizado to get había volatilizado:
  • yo había volatilizado – I had vaporized
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 Indicativo tense, and that is habías. And to this auxiliary verb we add the Participio volatilizado (so the exact same word as previously) to get habías volatilizado:
  • tú habías volatilizado – you had vaporized
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 volatilizado:
  • él había volatilizado – he had vaporized
  • ella había volatilizado – she had vaporized
  • usted había volatilizado – (formal) you had vaporized
The first person plural has the form habíamos volatilizado. 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 volatilizar: volatilizado to get habíamos volatilizado:
  • nosotros habíamos volatilizado – we had vaporized
  • nosotras habíamos volatilizado – (feminine) we had vaporized
Again, let’s do the same for the second person plural. We need to get the inflected 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 volatilizado:
  • vosotros habíais volatilizado – (plural) you had vaporized
  • vosotras habíais volatilizado – (feminine, plural) you had vaporized
And finally, the last grammatical person on the list, the third person plural, has the form habían volatilizado. 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 volatilizar again (volatilizado) to get habían volatilizado:
  • ellos habían volatilizado – they had vaporized
  • ellas habían volatilizado – (feminine) they had vaporized
  • ustedes habían volatilizado – (formal, plural) you had vaporized

That’s it! The conjugation is now done. The final result looks as follows:

yohabía volatilizadoI had vaporized
habías volatilizadoyou had vaporized
él/ella/ustedhabía volatilizadohe/she/it had vaporized
nosotros/nosotrashabíamos volatilizadowe had vaporized
vosotros/vosotrashabíais volatilizadoyou had vaporized
ellos/ellas/ustedeshabían volatilizadothey had vaporized
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