Saber Verb Conjugation in Spanish

The Spanish verb saber lives a double life. In some sentences, it is a brainy verb meaning "to know." It can also mean "to find out," "hear," or "learn" something.

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In other cases, though, saber has little to do with learning, and more to do with eating, as it can also mean "to taste" (as in to have a certain taste).

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Conjugations

Saber is an irregular verb, so much so that you might not even recognize it in some of its irregular conjugations. Luckily, saber doesn't live a double life when it comes to its conjugation so, no matter what meaning you want it to convey, you can conjugate it with the help of the following tables.

Present

Yo

Nosotros/Nosotras

sabemos

Tú (Vos)

sabes (sabés)

Vosotros/Vosotras

sabéis

Él/Ella/Usted

sabe

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

saben

Examples:

  • Sé que esto es importante para ti. - I know this is important for you.
  • Este té sabe a canela. - This tea tastes like cinnamon

Imperfect

Yo

sabía

Nosotros/Nosotras

sabíamos

Tú/Vos

sabías

Vosotros/Vosotras

sabíais

Él/Ella/Usted

sabía

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

sabían

Examples:

  • No sabía que Lucila era tu hermana. - I didn't know Lucila was your sister.
  • Antes estos caramelos sabían mejor. - This candy used to taste better.

Preterite

Yo

supe

Nosotros/Nosotras

supimos

Tú/Vos

supiste

Vosotros/Vosotras

supisteis

Él/Ella/Usted

supo

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

supieron

Examples:

  • ¿Cuándo supisteis qué queríais estudiar? - When did you know what you wanted to study?
  • En mi opinión, este vino nunca supo bien. - In my opinion, this wine never tasted good.

Future

Yo

sabré

Nosotros/Nosotras

sabremos

Tú/Vos

sabrás

Vosotros/Vosotras

sabréis

Él/Ella/Usted

sabrá

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

sabrán

Examples:

  • Nunca sabremos quién hizo esto. - We will never know who did this.
  • Algún día sabrás por qué lo hice. - Some day you will know why I did it.

Conditional

Yo

sabría

Nosotros/Nosotras

sabríamos

Tú/Vos

sabrías

Vosotros/Vosotras

sabríais

Él/Ella/Usted

sabría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes

sabrían

Examples:

  • Si te fueras, no sabría qué decirte. - If you left, I wouldn't know what to say.
  • La masa sabría mejor si tuviera más sal. - The dough would taste better if it had more salt.

Saber can be a hard verb to conjugate, and its dual meaning might seem confusing, but practice its use and you will soon find yourself using it without even thinking about it!