In Spanish, the verb conjugation Pagar means to pay. Since Pagar is an -ar verb and is conjugated with the same pattern as the other regular -ar verbs such as necesitar, evitar, and desayunar. However, you should take note that there is a change in the spelling of paying in some of its conjugations.

Whenever the vowel “e” sound is accompanied by the “g” sound, you must add an “u” in between in order to keep the hard “g” sound, for instance, pague and paguemos. In this article, you will encounter the conjugations of pagar in the present, past, and future indicative, the present and past subjunctive, the imperative, as well as other verb forms.

Conjugation Of Pagar (Present, Past, Preterite, Subjunctive & Future Tense) In Spanish

The phrasal verb pagar can be used in many of the same contexts as the phrasal verb to pay in English. This is because it emphasizes the notion of giving money in exchange for something. For instance, you can talk about paying your bills, paying a debt, using cash to pay, and even paying for food.

Pagar Conjugation
Pagar Conjugation

We can even talk about paying in the sense of taking revenge, like in he will be paying for his actions. There are some contexts, however, in which the verb to pay does not translate into to pagar in Spanish. By way of example, in Spanish to pay a visit is simply to visit or spend a visit, to pay a compliment is to make a compliment, and to pay attention is to pay attention.

Pagar is the verb for “to pay (for)”. It is considered an irregular verb. The following article will show you how it is conjugated in the major Spanish tenses.

  • \(\mathbf{\color{red}{Infinitive:-}}\) pagar
    • Translation In English: to pay (for)
  • \(\mathbf{\color{red}{Past\ participle:-}}\) pagado
    • Translation In English: paid
  • \(\mathbf{\color{red}{Gerund:-}}\) pagando
    • Translation In English: paying

Indicative Tenses of Pagar

Conjugation of Pagar In the Indicative Present Tense

Using the Present Indicative of pagar is used to describe situations, events, or thoughts that are taking place right now or in the near future. Using the present indicative of pagar also refers to facts and truths. As an example, “pago por la comida”, meaning “I pay for the meal”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) pago

Translation In English: I pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) pagas

Translation In English: you pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) paga

Translation In English: she/he pay, you (formal) pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) pagamos

Translation In English: we pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) pagáis

Translation In English: you (plural) pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) pagan

Translation In English: they pay, you (plural formal) pay

Conjugation of Pagar In the Indicative Preterite Tense

Indicative Preterite of pagar can be used to talk about activity that took place in the past, at a certain point in time. As an example, “pagué por la comida”, meaning “I paid for the meal”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\)pagué

Translation In English: I paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) pagaste

Translation In English: you paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) pagó

Translation In English: she/he paid, you (formal) paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) pagamos

Translation In English: we paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) pagasteis

Translation In English: you (plural) paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) pagaron

Translation In English: they paid, you (plural formal) paid

Conjugation of Pagar In the Indicative Imperfect Tense

Using the Indicative Imperfect of pagar, we can describe the repeated and regular actions that have happened in the past, or the description of what you used to do. As an example, “pagaba por la comida”, meaning “I used to pay for the meal”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) pagaba

Translation In English: I used to pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) pagabas

Translation In English: you used to pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) pagaba

Translation In English: she/he used to pay, you (formal) used to pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) pagábamos

Translation In English: we used to pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) pagabais

Translation In English: you (plural) used to pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) pagaban

Translation In English: they used to pay, you (plural formal) used to pay

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Conjugation of Pagar In the Indicative Present Continuous Tense

The indicative present continuous of pagar is used to express something that is going on continuously or that is happening right now. As an example, “estoy pagando por la comida”, meaning “I am paying for the meal”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) estoy pagando

Translation In English: I am paying

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) estás pagando

Translation In English: you are paying

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) está pagando

Translation In English: she/he is paying, you (formal) are paying

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) estamos pagando

Translation In English: we are paying

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) estáis pagando

Translation In English: you (plural) are paying

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) están pagando

Translation In English: they are paying, you (plural formal) are paying

Conjugation of Pagar In the Indicative Informal Future Tense

When talking about the Indicative Informal Future of pagar, it’s about what will happen in the future, especially soon. As an example, “voy a pagar por la comida”, meaning “I am going to pay for the meal”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) voy a pagar

Translation In English: I am going to pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) vas a pagar

Translation In English: you are going to pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) va a pagar

Translation In English: she/he is going to pay, you (formal) are going to pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) vamos a pagar

Translation In English: we are going to pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) vais a pagar

Translation In English: you (plural) are going to pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) van a pagar

Translation In English: they are going to pay, you (plural formal) are going to pay

Conjugation of Pagar In the Indicative Future Tense

The Indicative Future of paying is used to describe something that will happen in the future. As an example, “pagaré por la comida”, meaning “I will pay for the meal”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) pagaré

Translation In English: I will pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) pagarás

Translation In English: you will pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) pagará

Translation In English: she/he will pay, you (formal) will pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) pagaremos

Translation In English: we will pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) pagaréis

Translation In English: you (plural) will pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) pagarán

Translation In English: they will pay, you (plural formal) will pay

Conjugation of Pagar In the Indicative Conditional Tense

The Indicative Conditional of pagar is used to talk about potential future events, hypotheses, and probabilities. As an example, “pagaría por la comida”, meaning “I would pay for the meal”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) pagaría

Translation In English: I would pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) pagarías

Translation In English: you would pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) pagaría

Translation In English: she/he would pay, you (formal) would pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) pagaríamos

Translation In English: we would pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) pagaríais

Translation In English: you (plural) would pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) pagarían

Translation In English: they would pay, you (plural formal) would pay

Conjugation of Pagar In the Indicative Present Perfect Tense

Indicative Present Perfect of pagar is used to describe actions that have just started (in the past) and are still ongoing now or things that have just been completed recently. As an example, “he pagado por la comida”, meaning “I have paid for the meal”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) he pagado

Translation In English: I have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) has pagado

Translation In English: you have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) ha pagado

Translation In English: she/he has paid, you (formal) have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) hemos pagado

Translation In English: we have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) habéis pagado

Translation In English: you (plural) have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) han pagado

Translation In English: they have paid, you (plural formal) have paid

Conjugation of Pagar In the Indicative Past Perfect Tense

When we talk about actions that happened before another action in the past, we are using the indicative past perfect of pagar. As an example, “había pagado por la comida”, meaning “I had paid for the meal”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) había pagado

Translation In English: I had paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) habías pagado

Translation In English: you had paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) había pagado

Translation In English: she/he had paid, you (formal) had paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) habíamos pagado

Translation In English: we had paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) habíais pagado

Translation In English: you (plural) had paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) habían pagado

Translation In English: they had paid, you (plural formal) had paid

Conjugation of Pagar In the Indicative Future Perfect Tense

An Indicative Future Perfect of pagar is used when it is concerned with something that will happen in the future after something else has already happened. As an example, “habré pagado por la comida”, meaning “I will have paid for the meal”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) habré pagado

Translation In English: I will have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) habrás pagado

Translation In English: you will have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) habrá pagado

Translation In English: she/he will have paid, you (formal) will have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros :-}}\)habremos pagado

Translation In English: we will have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) habréis pagado

Translation In English: you (plural) will have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) habrán pagado

Translation In English: they will have paid, you (plural formal) will have paid

Conjugation of Pagar In the Indicative Conditional Perfect Tense

The Indicative Conditional Perfect of pagar is used when talking about something that would have happened in the future but didn’t due to another action that took place. As an example, “habría pagado por la comida”, meaning “I would have paid for the meal”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) habría pagado

Translation In English: I would have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) habrías pagado

Translation In English: you would have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) habría pagado

Translation In English: she/he would have paid, you (formal) would have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) habríamos pagado

Translation In English: we would have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) habríais pagado

Translation In English: you (plural) would have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) habrían pagado

Translation In English: they would have paid, you (plural formal) would have paid

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Subjunctive Tenses of Pagar

Conjugation of Pagar In the Subjunctive Present Tense

The Subjunctive Present is used when there is uncertainty, or if there are emotions that are expressed, such as feelings, desires, and hopes. A difference between this mood and the indicative mood has to do with the uncertainty of the events that are being discussed here. As an example, “pague”, meaning “I pay”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) pague

Translation In English: I pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) pagues

Translation In English: you pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) pague

Translation In English: she/he pay, you (formal) pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) paguemos

Translation In English: we pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) paguéis

Translation In English: you (plural) pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) paguen

Translation In English: they pay, you (plural formal) pay

Conjugation of Pagar In the Subjunctive Imperfect Tense

Subjunctive Imperfect can be used to write about past events that may or may not have happened or to express an opinion (emotional) regarding something that may or may not have happened. As an example, “pagara”, meaning “I paid”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) pagara

Translation In English: I paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) pagaras

Translation In English: you paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) pagara

Translation In English: she/he paid, you (formal) paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) pagáramos

Translation In English: we paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) pagarais

Translation In English: you (plural) paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) pagaran

Translation In English: they paid, you (plural formal) paid

Conjugation of Pagar In the Subjunctive Future Tense

Subjunctive Future is used when we are talking about hypothetical situations, and actions/events that may, or might, occur in the future. As an example, “pagare”, meaning “I will pay”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) pagare

Translation In English: I will pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) pagares

Translation In English: you will pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) pagare

Translation In English: she/he will pay, you (formal) will pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) pagáremos

Translation In English: we will pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) pagareis

Translation In English: you (plural) will pay

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) pagaren

Translation In English: they will pay, you (plural formal) will pay

Conjugation of Pagar In the Subjunctive Present Perfect Tense

This form of the subjunctive present perfect is used to describe past actions or events that are still relevant to the present and to speak about events that will have taken place before a particular time in the future. As an example, “haya pagado”, meaning “I have paid”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) haya pagado

Translation In English: I have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) hayas pagado

Translation In English: you have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) haya pagado

Translation In English: she/he has paid, you (formal) have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) hayamos pagado

Translation In English: we have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) hayáis pagado

Translation In English: you (plural) have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) hayan pagado

Translation In English: they have paid, you (plural formal) have paid

Conjugation of Pagar In the Subjunctive Past Perfect Tense

When we speak about hypothetical situations and actions or events that occurred before other actions or events in the past, we use the Subjunctive Past Perfect. As an example, “hubiera pagado”, meaning “I had paid”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) hubiera pagado

Translation In English: I had paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) hubieras pagado

Translation In English: you had paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) hubiera pagado

Translation In English: she/he had paid, you (formal) had paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) hubiéramos pagado

Translation In English: we had paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) hubierais pagado

Translation In English: you (plural) had paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) hubieran pagado

Translation In English: they had paid, you (plural formal) had paid

Conjugation of Pagar In the Subjunctive Future Perfect Tense

Using the Subjunctive Future Perfect, it is used to talk about something that will have happened in the future if a hypothetical situation occurs. As an example, “hubiere pagado”, meaning “I will have paid”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) hubiere pagado

Translation In English: I will have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) hubieres pagado

Translation In English: you will have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) hubiere pagado

Translation In English: she/he will have paid, you (formal) will have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) hubiéremos pagado

Translation In English: we will have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) hubiereis pagado

Translation In English: you (plural) will have paid

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) hubieren pagado

Translation In English: they will have paid, you (plural formal) will have paid

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Imperative Tenses of Pagar

Conjugation of Pagar In the Imperative Positive Command

Using the Imperative Affirmative, one can give orders and commands to others, telling them what to do. As an example, “pague”, meaning “(to you formal) pay!”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) – –

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) paga

Translation In English: (to you) pay!

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) pague

Translation In English: (to you formal) pay!

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) paguemos

Translation In English: let’s pay!

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) pagad

Translation In English: (to you plural) pay!

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) paguen

Translation In English: (to you plural formal) pay!

Conjugation of Pagar In the Imperative Negative Command

If you are giving verbal instructions or commanding someone not to do something, you are using the Imperative Negative. As an example, “no pague”, meaning “(to you formal) don’t pay!”.

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Yo:-}}\) – –

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Tú:-}}\) no pagues

Translation In English: (to you) don’t pay!

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ella / Él / Usted:-}}\) no pague

Translation In English: (to you formal) don’t pay!

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Nosotras / Nosotros:-}}\) no paguemos

Translation In English: let’s not pay!

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Vosotras / Vosotros:-}}\) no paguéis

Translation In English: (to you plural) don’t pay!

\(\mathbf{\color{red}{Ellas / Ellos / Ustedes:-}}\) no paguen

Translation In English: (to you plural formal) don’t pay!

FAQs

Is Pagar regular or irregular?

Pagar is a Spanish verb meaning to pay. Pagar is conjugated as an irregular verb in the preterite tense. Pagar appears on the 100 Most Used Spanish Preterite Tense Verbs Poster as the 38th most used irregular verb. For the present tense conjugation, go to Pagar Conjugation – Present Tense.

Is Pagar stem-changing?

The good news is that pagar is regular in this tense (except for a small change in the first person). To conjugate, it, take its stem (pag-) and add the preterite endings.

What are the 3 rules of conjugation?

  1. separate the ar/er/ir ending from the verb infinitive leaving the verb stem.
  2. make any necessary stem changes if the verb is stem-changing or irregular.
  3. add the appropriate verb ending to the stem according to the person of the subject of the verb. ( assuming present tense, indicative mood)

How do you use Pagar in Indicative Present?

The Indicative Present of pagar is used to talk about situations, events, or thoughts that are happening now or in the near future. It is also used to talk about facts and truths. For example, “pago por la comida”, meaning “I pay for the meal”.

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