Poner Verb Conjugation in Spanish

Poner is a common irregular verb in Spanish and important to know how to conjugate. In addition, it is a very polysemic verb, which means it can have a lot of different meanings. As a matter of fact, the American Heritage Spanish dictionary lists numerous meanings for poner. Here are some of the most commonly used ones:

The sun set at 7 P.M. The sun set at 7 P.M.
  • to put
  • to give a grade
  • to lay (eggs)
  • to turn on
  • to wear
  • to become/get: me puse triste - I got sad
  • to set (for the sun)
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Conjugations

On top of its many meanings, poner has the added complexity of being a strongly irregular verb. With that in mind, study the tables and examples below carefully.

Present

Yo

pongo

Nosotros/Nosotras

ponemos

Tú (Vos)

pones (ponés)

Vosotros/Vosotras

ponéis

Él/Ella/Usted

pone

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

ponen

Examples:

  • Los exámenes me ponen muy nervioso. - Exams make me very nervous.
  • ¿Dónde pusiste las llaves?- Where did you put the keys?

Imperfect

Yo

ponía

Nosotros/Nosotras

poníamos

Tú/Vos

ponías

Vosotros/Vosotras

poníais

Él/Ella/Usted

ponía

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

ponían

Examples:

  • Mi abuela siempre le ponía canela al té. - My grandmother would always put cinnamon in her tea.
  • No sabía que le ponías azúcar al café. - I didn't know you put sugar in your coffee.

Preterite

Yo

puse

Nosotros/Nosotras

pusimos

Tú/Vos

pusiste

Vosotros/Vosotras

pusisteis

Él/Ella/Usted

puso

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

pusieron

Examples:

  • Hace frío, por eso me puse bufanda. - It's cold; that's why I wore a scarf.
  • El sol se puso a las 7 P. M. - The sun set at 7 P. M.

Future

Yo

pondré

Nosotros/Nosotras

pondremos

Tú/Vos

pondrás

Vosotros/Vosotras

pondréis

Él/Ella/Usted

pondrá

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

pondrán


Examples:

  • Si no te molesta, pondré la calefacción. - If it's ok with you, I will turn the heating on.
  • Pondré el agua en la heladera. - I will put the water in the fridge.

Conditional

Yo

pondría

Nosotros/Nosotras

pondríamos

Tú/Vos

pondrías

Vosotros/Vosotras

pondríais

Él/Ella/Usted

pondría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

pondrían

Examples:

  • Nunca pensé que el profesor me pondría un 10. - I didn't think the teacher would give me a 10.
  • La gallina pondría más huevos si fuese más grande. - The hen would lay more eggs if it were bigger.

As complicated as the conjugation of poner may seem, it's a very common verb, so you'll be using it so often that soon you will find yourself conjugating it without even thinking about it.