Escribir Verb Conjugation in Spanish

Knowing how to conjugate the Spanish verb escribir, to write, is as important as writing itself, especially if you are learning a new language. Spanish verbs can be classified into different groups depending on their ending, and this tends to be a bit confusing at times. However, the conjugation of escribir is pretty straightforward because it is a regular ir-ending verb. One way for English-speakers to remember this verb is to note its similarity to the English word “scribe” meaning one who writes.

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Present

Yo

escribo

Nosotros

escribimos

escribes

Vosotros

escribís

Ella/Él/Ud.

escribe

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

escriben

Example sentence:
Tu asistente escribe los informes muy rápido, yo no tengo ese talento. -- Your assistant writes the reports really fast; I don’t have that talent.

Imperfect

Yo

escribía

Nosotros

escribíamos

escribías

Vosotros

escribíais

Ella/Él/Ud.

escribía

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

escribían

Example sentence:
Mi cuñado escribía mucho mejor cuando estaba en la universidad. No sé qué pasó. --My brother-in-law used to write a lot better when he was in college. I don’t know what happened.

Preterite

Yo

escribí

Nosotros

escribimos

escribiste

Vosotros

escribisteis

Ella/Él/Ud.

escribió

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

escribieron

Example sentence:

Ustedes escribieron una carta queja y la enviaron al departamento de recursos humanos, ¿verdad?. -- You wrote a complaint letter and sent it to the Human Resources Department, right?

Notice that, when conjugated, escribir looks exactly the same in the first person plural (we) in both the present and preterite tense.

Future

Yo

escribiré

Nosotros

escribiremos

escribirás

Vosotros

escribiréis

Ella/Él/Ud.

escribirá

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

escribirán

Example sentence:

Escribiré tantas cartas de presentación como sean necesarias. -- I will write as many cover letters as needed.

Conditional

Yo

escribiría

Nosotros

escribiríamos

escribirías

Vosotros

escribiríais

Ella/Él/Ud.

escribiría

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

escribirían

Example sentence:

Creo que tu primo escribiría la carta de recomendación que necesitas si tú fueras mejor estudiante. -- I think your cousin would write the recommendation letter you need if you were a better student.

Idioms with Escribir

Idioms are an important part of everyday communication because they help you get a better understanding of the Spanish language. The meaning of some idiomatic expressions cannot be worked out through direct translations, which is why they can be a little tricky. However, pushing yourself a little harder to understand and use them will definitely pay off for your speech and comprehension. Escribir, as many other Spanish verbs, is used in several idiomatic expressions. For example:

  1. Cuando Dios borra, escribir quiere – which translates to ‘‘when God erases something from your life, He wants to write something better.” This expression is used to indicate that sometimes things/people/or situations are taken away from us because something even better will come.
  2. Escribir es más pesado que leer -- this expression literally translates to ‘’writing is heavier than reading’’ and it refers to how difficult the act of writing can be.
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Putting Escribir to Use

Escribir is a very commonly used verb in Spanish. Here are some additional sample sentences using escribir:

Yo escribo artículos científicos para una revista académica masiva. -- I write scientific articles for a large academic journal.

Mi profesora escribió una carta para mi hermano. -- My teacher wrote a letter to my brother.

Yo escribía historias de terror cuando estaba pequeño, y creo que era más creativo entonces. -- I used to write horror stories when I was little, and I think I was more creative back then.

As previously seen, escribir is a regular -ir ending verb whose conjugation rules are not difficult to remember. Whether you are writing a letter, writing to your boss, or just writing something for the sake of it, this verbis the vehicle that will take you places you have not been before.