Pedir Verb Conjugation in Spanish

In Spanish, you use pedir when you need something from someone else. Its most common meanings are "to ask" in phrases like pedir ayuda (to ask for help) and "to order", in phrases like pedí dos libros a Amazon (order two books from Amazon).

pedir - to order pedir - to order

Depending on the context, it can take on other similar meanings like "to beg" (había gente pidiendo en la calle - there were people begging on the street) and "to pray" (pido por todos los damnificados por el huracán - I pray for all those affected by the hurricane).

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Conjugations

Although pedir is irregular, its conjugation is still quite predictable. You just need to look out for some changes in its stem, which can go from ped- to pid- as you will see in the examples below.

Present

Yo

pido

Nosotros/Nosotras

pedimos

Tú (Vos)

pides (pedís)

Vosotros/Vosotras

pedís

Él/Ella/Usted

pide

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

piden

Examples:

  • Pido por mis amigos. - I pray for my friends.
  • Mis alumnos siempre piden más ejemplos. - My students always ask for more examples.

Imperfect

Yo

pedía

Nosotros/Nosotras

pedíamos

Tú/Vos

pedías

Vosotros/Vosotras

pedíais

Él/Ella/Usted

pedía

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

pedían

Examples:

  • Para Navidad, mi hermana siempre pedía muñecas. - My sister always asked for dolls on Christmas.
  • Siempre le pedíamos a mi madre que nos llevara al parque. - We always asked our mother to take us to the park.

Preterite

Yo

pedí

Nosotros/Nosotras

pedimos

Tú/Vos

pediste

Vosotros/Vosotras

pedisteis

Él/Ella/Usted

pidió

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

pidieron

Examples:

  • ¿Ya pediste la comida? - Did you already order the food?
  • Los vecinos nos pidieron que bajemos la música. - The neighbors asked us to turn the music down.

Future

Yo

pediré

Nosotros/Nosotras

pediremos

Tú/Vos

pedirás

Vosotros/Vosotras

pediréis

Él/Ella/Usted

pedirá

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

pedirán


Examples:

  • Pediré por tu familia. - I will pray for your family
  • Verónica les pedirá que vengan. - Verónica will ask them to come.

Conditional

Yo

pediría

Nosotros/Nosotras

pediríamos

Tú/Vos

pedirías

Vosotros/Vosotras

pediríais

Él/Ella/Usted

pediría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

pedirían

Examples:

  • No te lo pediría si no fuese necesario. - I wouldn't be asking this if it weren't necessary.
  • Luciano dijo que pediría una cerveza. - Luciano said he would order a beer.

Can you think of other phrases where you might use this verb? Practice them along with the examples above to learn how to conjugate this useful Spanish verb.