Morir Spanish Verb Conjugation

Talking about death and death-related verbs is probably not a fun thing to do in any language. However, death is a part of life and you’ll probably need to use the Spanish verb morir which means “to die’’ at some point. This verb, like the English verb, can be used literally or figuratively in several contexts. Some of these verb usage instances include actions such as ‘‘to starve,’’ ‘‘to die out,’’ ‘‘to fade away,’’ and ‘‘to finish.’’ When it comes to its conjugation, morir is not difficult to learn. It is a stem-changing verb with minor irregularities. Here are conjugations for some of the most common tenses:

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Present

Yo

muero

Nosotros

morimos

mueres

Vosotros

morís

Él/Ella/Ud.

muere

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

mueren

Example sentence:

Siento que muero cada vez que haces eso. -- I feel like I’m going to die every time you do that.

Notice the o-to-ue stem change in all forms except for nosotros and vosotros.

Imperfect

Yo

moría

Nosotros

moríamos

morías

Vosotros

moríais

Él/Ella/Ud.

moría

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

morían

Example sentence:

Yo moría por los disfraces de la Noche de Brujas. -- I used to die for Halloween costumes.

Preterite

Yo

morí

Nosotros

morimos

moriste

Vosotros

moristeis

Él/Ella/Ud.

murió

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

murieron

Example sentence:

Mi tío murió en un trágico accidente automovilístico. -- My uncle died in a tragic car accident.

Notice how the conjugation for nosotros in the preterite tense is similar to the conjugation of nosotros in the present tense. Also, notice the o-to-u stem change in both the third person singular and plural conjugations.

Future

Yo

moriré

Nosotros

moriremos

morirás

Vosotros

moriréis

Él/Ella/Ud.

morirá

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

morirán

Example sentence:

Morirás de frío si sigues haciendo eso. -- You’ll freeze to death if you keep doing that.

Conditional

Yo

moriría

Nosotros

moriríamos

morirías

Vosotros

moriríais

Él/Ella/Ud.

moriría

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

morirían

Example sentence:

Ella moriría por saber qué te dije. -- She’d die to know what I told you.

Additional Examples with Morir

¿Puedes cerrar la puerta? Muero de frío. -- Can you close the door? I’m freezing.

Me muero por ti. -- I am crazy about you.

Ella muere de ganas de ver a los niños. -- She is dying to see the children.

No te vas a morir por ayudarlo a limpiar la casa. -- It won’t kill you to help him clean up the house.

Mi abuela murió a los 95 años. -- My grandmother died at the age of 95.

No quiero seguir hablado de esto ¡Y allí muere el tema! -- I don’t want to keep talking about this. Period!

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Idioms Using Morir

It is easy to understand why people may not like to talk about death; however, there are many idiomatic expressions in Spanish that refer to this action. Here are some expressions that don’t necessarily contain the word morir but certainly refer to it in the most particular ways:

Estirar la pata. --To kick the bucket.

Al borde de la muerte. -- At death’s door. This one, like the English phrase, is used before people die; especially when they are on their deathbed.

Understanding the Verb Morir

While this might not be a fun word to learn; it is a useful verb to remember. Its conjugation is simple and with just a few irregularities.