Probar Verb Conjugation in Spanish

As a Spanish learner, probar is one of those verbs you want to have in your repertoire because it can be used in several contexts. For instance, probar translates to ‘‘to taste’’ when specifically referring to tasting food or drinks. Also, it can be used to talk about trying out something for the first time or discovering how something works. Similarly, we can use this verb when testing someone’s abilities in particular situations, as well as proving something to be right or wrong.

In terms of conjugation, it is a stem-changing verb that uses the same endings as a regular verb, but undergoes a vowel change in the last syllable. However, this only happens in the present tense, so there are not as many variations to remember as you might think.

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Present

Yo

pruebo

Nosotros

probamos

pruebas

Vosotros

probáis

Ella/Él/Ud.

prueba

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

prueban

For example:

Ella se prueba ropa nueva cada vez que puede. -- She tries on new clothes every time she can.

Notice that when conjugated in the present tense, probar only has a vowel change for yo, tú, él, ellos. The o changes to ue.

Imperfect

Yo

probaba

Nosotros

probábamos

probabas

Vosotros

probabais

Ella/Él/Ud.

probaba

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

probaban

For example:

Fue muy raro para mí comprobar que en ninguno de los postres se probaba azúcar. -- It was really weird for me to know that you couldn’t taste sugar in any of the desserts.

Preterite

Yo

probé

Nosotros

probamos

probaste

Vosotros

probasteis

Ella/Él/Ud.

probó

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

probaron

For example:

Ellos probaron irse a acampar en invierno y no les gustó para nada. -- They tried going camping in winter and didn’t like it at all.

Future

Yo

probaré

Nosotros

probaremos

probarás

Vosotros

probareis

Ella/Él/Ud.

probará

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

probarán

For example:

Yo probaré que estás equivocado. -- I will prove you wrong.

Conditional

Yo

probaría

Nosotros

probaríamos

probarías

Vosotros

probaríais

Ella/Él/Ud.

probaría

Ellos/Ellas/Uds.

probarían

For example:

Tu hermana probaría cambiarse de trabajo si no estuviera tan desanimada en este momento. -- Your sister would try changing careers if she weren’t so discouraged right now.

Idiomatic Expressions with Probar

As previously seen, probar is quite a useful verb, which means getting its conjugation right will help you a great deal when presented with this word either orally or in written form. Probar is also used with some idiomatic expressions that you can learn and practice from now on.

  • Con probar, nada se pierde. This idiom means that there is no harm in trying. It is a common idiom used when someone is trying to make a decision whether to do something or not.
  • El hablar es más difícil que el probar. Translated as speaking is harder than trying, this expression is commonly used to talk about being undecided about a decision.
  • Probar suerte: This phrase is used to mean to take a chance or to try one’s luck. In other words it is used to talk about doing something that involves risk or luck.
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More Sentence Examples for Probar

Since there are several different contexts for using probar, it can be helpful to see many examples of this verb in action. Here are some usage examples for probar.

  • Yo pruebo un postre nuevo en ese restaurante cada semana. -- I try a different dessert in that restaurant every week.
  • Yo no estoy seguro de si esta opción va a funcionar o no, pero igual voy a probarla. -- I am not sure whether this option is going to work out or not, but I am going to try it out anyway.
  • El equipo de investigadores probó la técnica en ratones. -- The research team tested the technique on mice.

Probar will come in handy when you want to try, prove, try on, or test something in Spanish. Knowing the verb conjugation will make it easier for you to understand and finally master the word. So have you tried your luck yet?