Comer Verb Conjugation in Spanish

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We all love to eat and therefore, comer, the Spanish verb meaning “to eat,” will be an important verb to learn to conjugate. Comer is a very common verb and you will find yourself using it several times a day.

Conjugations for Comer

Luckily, comer is a perfectly regular -er verb. Here are the conjugations for comer in several common verb tenses.

Present

Yo

como

Nosotros/as

comemos

comes

Vosotros/as

coméis

Él/Ella/Ud.

come

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

comen

Example Sentence:
Los domingos comemos tamales después de la misa. → On Sundays we eat tamales after mass.

Imperfect

Yo

comía

Nosotros/as

comíamos

comías

Vosotros/as

comíais

Él/Ella/Ud.

comía

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

comían

Example Sentence:

Cuando eras niño nunca comías las verduras. → When you were young, you never ate vegetables.

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Preterite

Yo

comí

Nosotros/as

comimos

comiste

Vosotros/as

comisteis

Él/Ella/Ud.

comió

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

comieron

Example Sentence:

El verano pasado, fui a España y comí paella. → Last summer I went to Spain and ate paella.

Future

Yo

comeré

Nosotros/as

comeremos

comerás

Vosotros/as

comeréis

Él/Ella/Ud.

comerá

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

comerán

Example Sentence:

Durante las fiestas, comeréis galletas navideñas. → During the holidays, you guys will eat Christmas cookies.

Conditional

Yo

comería

Nosotros/as

comeríamos

comerías

Vosotros/as

comeríais

Él/Ella/Ud.

comería

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

comerían

Example Sentence:

Si no estuviera a dieta, comería una hamburguesa con papas. → If I wasn’t on a diet, I would eat a hamburger with french fries.

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Reflexive Form

The reflexive form of comer, comerse, is used to express the action of “eating whole/entire thing.” It is often used in the imperative form and followed with the word todo, meaning “everything,” to add emphasis. For example, a mother may say to her son who isn’t eating his dinner:

¡Cómetelo todo! → Eat the whole thing/everything!

Equally, if you are looking at a nice, big piece of chocolate cake you may say:

¡Me voy a comerlo todo! → I am going to eat the whole thing!

It can also mean, “go ahead and finish it” when people are wondering who is going to finish the last bite of something. As a sign of respect to an elderly member of the family, you may say:

¡Comaselo abuela! → Finish it Grandma/it’s all yours Grandma!

By familiarizing yourself with the conjugations of comer in various tenses as well as how to use it in the reflexive form, you’ll never go hungry in a Spanish speaking country!

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