Escoger Verb Conjugation in Spanish

Escoger, meaning “to choose,” can be used interchangeably with the verb, elegir also meaning “to choose.” Escoger is more widely used in Latin America while elegir is more common in Spain. Escoger is a fairly common verb as you will need to choose things on a daily basis, so it’s a good verb to add to your vocabulary.

The girl always chooses the same flavor of ice cream. The girl always chooses the same flavor of ice cream.
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Conjugations of Escoger

Escoger is regular in all of the tenses except for the present tense. In the present tense yo form, the “g” is changed for a “j” in order to maintain the correct sound. Here are the conjugations for escoger in several common verb tenses.

Present

Yo

escojo

Nosotros/as

escogemos

escoges

Vosotros/as

escogéis

Él/Ella/Ud.

escoge

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

escogen

Example Sentence:

  • La niña siempre escoge el mismo sabor de helado. → The girl always chooses the same flavor of ice cream.

Imperfect

Yo

escogía

Nosotros/as

escogíamos

escogías

Vosotros/as

escogíais

Él/Ella/Ud.

escogía

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

escogían

Example Sentence:

  • Cuando jugábamos al béisbol, el capitán siempre me escogía porque era un niño muy grande. → When we used to play baseball, the captain would always choose me because I was a big boy.

Preterite

Yo

escogí

Nosotros/as

escogimos

escogiste

Vosotros/as

escogisteis

Él/Ella/Ud.

escogió

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

escogieron

Example Sentence:

  • La novia por fin escogió un vestido hermoso. → The bride finally chose a beautiful dress.

Future

Yo

escogeré

Nosotros/as

escogeremos

escogerás

Vosotros/as

escogeréis

Él/Ella/Ud.

escogerá

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

escogerán

Example Sentence:

  • ¿Cuándo escogeréis un color para las paredes? → When will you guys choose a color for the walls?

Conditional

Yo

escogería

Nosotros/as

escogeríamos

escogerías

Vosotros/as

escogeríais

Él/Ella/Ud.

escogería

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

escogerían

Example Sentence:

  • Yo como tú, escogería un nuevo lugar para la fiesta. → If I were you, I would choose a new venue for the party.

Famous Quotes and Sayings with Escoger

Although there no idiomatic expressions with escoger, there are several well-known refranes, or sayings using this verb. Here are just a few!

  • A cada uno lo toca escoger, la cuchara con la que ha de comer.
    • Direct Translation: Everyone has a choice as to which spoon they use to eat.
    • Figurative Meaning: Everyone is responsible for their own choices.
  • Quien bien tiene y mal escoge, del mal que le venga no se enoje.
    • Direct Translation: He who has something good and chooses something bad can't get mad if it turns out badly.
    • Figurative Meaning: You are responsible for the outcome of your choices.

With a solid understanding of the conjugations for the Spanish verb escoger, it’s up to you to choose when you’d like to start incorporating it into everyday speech!