Decir Verb Conjugation in Spanish

The verb decir usually means "to say" or "to tell". In some cases, like the common expression ¿quién lo hubiera dicho? (who would've thought?), it can also mean "to think" or "to believe."

decir decir

In its reflexive form, it can mean "to call," as in to call something or someone by a certain name: Me llamo Catalina, pero mis amigos me dicen Cata (My name is Catalina, but my friends call me Cata).

You might also hear this verb when making phone calls since ¿diga? is a common way to answer the phone in some places.

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Conjugations

Just like many irregular verbs in Spanish, most conjugations of decir are irregular and they can take on some strange looking forms. With that in mind, pay close attention to the tables and examples below.

Present

Yo

digo

Nosotros/Nosotras

decimos

Tú (Vos)

dices (decís)

Vosotros/Vosotras

decís

Él/Ella/Usted

dice

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

dicen

Examples:

  • En Argentina le dicen colectivo al autobús - In Argentina, they call buses colectivos.
  • Mi madre siempre me dice que me cuide. - My mother always tells me to take care.

Imperfect

Yo

decía

Nosotros/Nosotras

decíamos

Tú/Vos

decías

Vosotros/Vosotras

decíais

Él/Ella/Usted

decía

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

decían

Examples:

  • De niño decía que quería ser doctor. - As a child, I used to say I wanted to be a doctor.
  • Mis abuelos decían que eran de Italia. - My grandparents would tell me they were from Italy.

Preterite

Yo

dije

Nosotros/Nosotras

dijimos

Tú/Vos

dijiste

Vosotros/Vosotras

dijisteis

Él/Ella/Usted

dijo

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

dijeron

Examples:

  • ¿Qué dijo? - What did he/she say?
  • Nunca dijeron que vendrían. - They never said they would come.

Future

Yo

diré

Nosotros/Nosotras

diremos

Tú/Vos

dirás

Vosotros/Vosotras

diréis

Él/Ella/Usted

dirá

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

dirán

Examples:

  • Jamás te lo diré. - I will never tell you.
  • Dirán quién ganó mañana. - They will say who won tomorrow.

Conditional

Yo

diría

Nosotros/Nosotras

diríamos

Tú/Vos

dirías

Vosotros/Vosotras

diríais

Él/Ella/Usted

diría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

dirían

Examples:

  • Si no fuera cierto, no lo diría. - I wouldn't say it if it weren't true.
  • ¿Qué le dirías al presidente si lo conocieras? - What would you tell the President if you met him?

Decir is an extremely useful verb; you will find it anywhere from dialogue in a book to casual conversations between friends, so make sure you practice and learn how to use it!