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Learn quitar conjugation in Presente

quitar means: to quench, to remove, to take off, to unstick
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In this conjugation lesson we will see how to inflect the verb quitar in the Presente 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 quitar conjugation. For an overview of Simple Tenses conjugation see our Simple Tenses Conjugation Chart.

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

How to translate Presente 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.

The Spanish Presente de Indicativo tense translates to one of the following:
  • The English Present tense, for example:
    ella quita
    she quenches
  • The English Present Progressive (also called Present Continuous) tense, for instance:
    ahora tú quitas
    you are quenching now

    Note though, that the Spanish equivalent of the Present Progressive also exists and is in common use – that’s Presente Progresivo (a.k.a. Presente Continuo).

Note the timeline

The ability to correctly locate the desired position on the timeline is a crucial skill for the right use 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 presente how to conjugate spanish verbs

Step by step instructions

Presente belongs to the simple tenses group, which means that all of its inflected forms are one word long. There are also compound (compuesto) tenses in Spanish language, where each inflected form consists of two words.The verb quitar has an entirely regular conjugation in the Presente tense of the Indicativo mood. It means this verb follows the basic rules for its group (-ar) without spelling corrections or exceptions.
The basis for the conjugation in this tense is the stem of the verb, so we need to start 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 in case of the verb quitar it’s easy to see that:
  • the stem is: quit-
  • and the ending is: -ar
Use the stem quit- in each person 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. 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.
endings presente ar how to conjugate spanish verbs
Add the regular ending -o for the first person singular to create quito:
  • yo quito – I quench
And one more time add the regular ending -as for the second person singular to create quitas:
  • tú quitas – you quench
Also as in the previous case add the regular ending -a for the third person singular to create quita:
  • él quita – he quenches
  • ella quita – she quenches
  • usted quita – (formal) you quench
And similarly add the regular ending -amos for the first person plural to create quitamos:
  • nosotros quitamos – we quench
  • nosotras quitamos – (feminine) we quench
And add the regular ending -áis for the second person plural to create quitáis:
  • vosotros quitáis – (plural) you quench
  • vosotras quitáis – (feminine, plural) you quench
And once more add the regular ending -an for the third person plural to create quitan:
  • ellos quitan – they quench
  • ellas quitan – (feminine) they quench
  • ustedes quitan – (formal, plural) you quench

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

yoquitoI quench
quitasyou quench
él/ella/ustedquitahe/she/it quenches
nosotros/nosotrasquitamoswe quench
vosotros/vosotrasquitáisyou quench
ellos/ellas/ustedesquitanthey quench
Click to see all conjugation charts of quitar in every tense

But do not end your session yet – it’s important to repeat and practice the material in order to remember it. Check below for examples and suggestions.

Example sentences

Irene se quita el uniforme cada noche después del trabajo.
Irene takes off her uniform every night after work.

Next Steps to Perfection

  • To practice this conjugation and test your skills check this Conjugation Exercise or the Memory Game
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  • For exercises and examples related to quitar visit our Exercise section
  • To see conjugation charts in all tenses for quitar visit the Conjugator
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