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Decir Conjugation: How To Conjugate “To Say” in Spanish

Decir (Meaning: to say, to tell) is a essential Spanish verb for all students. The conjugation of decir in the present tense is: Yo digo (I say), tú dices (you say), él/ella/usted dice (he/she says, you say), nosotros decimos (we say), vosotros decís (you say) and ellos/ellas/ustedes dicen (they say).

Decir (to say) conjugation charts

Decir is an irregular IR verb. While its endings are the same as all other regular IR verb when conjugated in the present tense, its stem changes. This page on our site covers irregular and regular Spanish IR verbs in detail.

Decir conjugated in the present tense

Decir (to say) conjugated in the present tense.

Further down the page we provide conjugation charts for decir for the following commonly used Spanish verb tenses:

  • Present tense (presente de indicativo)
  • Progressive present (presente progresivo)
  • Near future (futuro inmediato)
  • Future tense (futuro)
  • Preterite (pretérito)
  • Present perfect indicative (perfecto de indicativo)
  • Imperfect (imperfecto de indicativo)
  • Conditional (potential simple)
  • Present subjunctive (presente de subjuntivo)
  • Imperative (imperativo)

Decir conjugation table

Decir conjugation table

The following graphic shows conjugations for decir in the first-person singular (yo) form in the present tense.

Decir (to say) conjugation 12 tenses In "yo" form.

Decir conjugation charts

Present tense (presente de indicativo)

In the present tense, yo digo translates to “I say” and “I am saying”.

yo digoI say¡Digo la verdad!I'm saying the truth.
tú dicesyou say¿Por qué dices esto?Why are you saying this?
él/ella, usted dicehe/she says, you sayDice que quiera quedarse aquí. He's saying that he wants to say here.
nosotros decimoswe say¡Decimos la neta, guey!We're saying the truth, dude!
nosotros decísyou say¿Qué decís? ¡No entiendo!What are you saying? I don't understand.
ellos/ellas, ustedes dicenthey/you say¿Por qué no dicen lo que ocurrió?Why aren't they saying what happened?

Progressive present (presente progresivo)

The progressive present tense combines the present tense of estar (to be) with the present participle. Yo estoy diciendo translates to “I am saying”.

yo estoy diciendoI am saying¡Estoy diciendo la misma cosa!I'm saying the same thing!
tú estás diciendoyou are saying¿Qué estás diciendo? No entiendo. What are you saying? I don't understand.
él/ella, usted está diciendohe/she is saying, you are sayingElla está diciendo que eres estúpido.She's saying that you're stupid.
nosotros estamos diciendowe are saying¡No estamos diciendo nada!We're not saying anything!
vosotros estáis diciendoyou are saying¿Por qué estáis diciendo que la comida esta ricá?Why are you saying the food is delicious?
ellos/ellas, ustedes están diciendothey/you are saying¡Están diciendo que hablas bien español!They're saying that you speak Spanish well!

Near future (futuro inmediato)

The near future tense is formed by combining the verb ir (to go) conjugated in the present tense with the preposition a and an infinitive. Yo voy a decir translates to “I am going to say”.

yo voy a decirI am going to sayTe voy a decir algo importante.I'm going to tell you something important.
tú vas a deciryou are going to say¿Qué vas a decirme?What are you going to tell me?
él/ella, usted va a decirhe/she is (you are) going to sayNo va a decir nada.He isn't going to say anything.
nosotros vamos a decirwe are going to sayVamos a decirle la verdad.We're going to tell you the truth.
vosotros vais a deciryou are going to say¿Cuándo vais a decirnos lo que sucedió?When are you going to tell us what happened?
ellos/ellas, ustedes van a decirthey/you are going to say¡Van a decirnos mentiras!They're going to tell us lies!

Future tense (futuro)

In the future tense, yo diré translates to “I will say”.

yo diréI will sayTe diré la respuesta mañana.I'll tell you the answer tomorrow.
tú dirásyou will say¿Qué dirás a los niños?What you tell the kids?
él/ella, usted diráhe/she/you will saySiempre dirá la verdad. He'll always say the truth.
nosotros diremoswe will sayDiremos todo en el futuro. We'll say everything in the future.
vosotros diréisyou will sayDiréis que fue delicioso.You'll say that it was delicious.
ellos/ellas, ustedes diránthey/you will say¿Cuándo dirán la verdad?When will they tell the truth?

Preterite (pretérito)

The preterite tense is used to describe past actions which occurred at specific times. Yo dije translates to “I said”.

yo dijeI said¡Dije que hablas bien español!I said you speak Spanish well!
tú dijisteyou said¿Que dijiste? ¡No entendí!What did you say? I didn't understand!
él/ella, usted dijohe/she/you saidLe dijo a su esposa que está guapa. He told his wife that she's pretty.
nosotros dijimoswe saidDijimos que venimos esta noche.We said we're coming tonight.
vosotros dijisteisyou saidDijisteis que pedisteis la comida.You said you ordered the food.
ellos/ellas, ustedes dijeronthey/you saidDijeron que no salen hoy.They said they're not going out today.

Present perfect indicative (perfecto de indicativo)

The present perfect is a commonly used Spanish verb tense used to describe past actions which have a bearing on the present. Yo he dicho translates to “I have said”.

yo he dichoI have saidNo he dicho nada. I haven't said anything.
tú has dichoYou have said¿Qué has dicho a los niños?What have you said to the children?
él/ella, usted ha dichoHe/she/you has (have) said¿Por qué ha dicho que haya una fiesta. Why has he said that there's a party?
nosotros hemos dichowe have said¡Yo lo hemos dicho mil veces!We're already said it a thousand times!
vosotros habéis dichoyou have said¿Por qué habéis dicho tantas mentiras?Why have you told so many lies?
ellos/ellas, ustedes han dichothey have saidNos han dicho que están llegando esta noche.They've told us they're arriving tonight.

Imperfect (imperfecto de indicativo)

The imperfect tense is used to express past actions which occurred at unspecified times. Yo decía translates to “I was saying”, “I used to say” and “I said”.

yo decíaI was saying (or used to say, said)Me preguntó que decía.He asked me what I was saying.
tú decíasyou were saying¿Qué decías? Te interrumpí.What were you saying? I interrupted you.
él/ella, usted decíahe/she/you was (were) sayingPapa decía que Papá Noel existiera.Dad used to say that Santa Claus existed.
nosotros decíamoswe were sayingNo decíamos nada cuando comenzaste a hablar.We weren't saying anything when you started to talk.
vosotros decíaisyou were sayingDecíais que estaba muy feliz a Madrid.You used to say that he was very happy in Madrid.
ellos/ellas, ustedes decíanthey were saying¿Qué decían? No escuchaba.What were they saying? I wasn't listening.

Conditional (potential simple)

The conditional tense is used to express hypothetical actions. Yo diría translates to “I would say”.

yo diríaI would sayDiría algo si fuera necesario.I'd say something if it were necessary.
tú diríasyou would say¿Qué dirías si partiéramos mañana?What would you say if we left tomorrow?
él/ella, usted diríahe/she/you would sayDiría la verdad pero no quiere lastimar a los demás.He'd say the truth but doesn't want to hurt others.
nosotros diríamoswe would say¿Qué diríamos si llegara ahora?What would we say if he arrives now?
vosotros diríaisyou would say¿Qué diríais si pasara una semana en vuestra casa?What would say if I spent a week in your house?
ellos/ellas, ustedes diríanthey would sayPienso que dirían algo si comprara el coche.I think they'd say something if I bought the car.

Present subjunctive (presente de subjuntivo)

The subjunctive is used to express wishes, emotions and desires. Yo diga translates to “I say”.

yo digaI sayQuiere que diga algo.He wants me to say something.
tú digasyou sayNo pienso que digas la verdad.I don't think you're telling the truth.
él/ella, usted digahe/she says, you sayEs importante que diga la verdad a sus niños.It's important that he says the truth to his kids.
nosotros digamoswe sayNo es necesario que digamos lo que ocurrió.It's not necessary that we say what happened.
vosotros digáisyou say¡Exijo digáis algo!I demand that you say something!
ellos/ellas, ustedes diganthey sayQuiere que digan que este sitio web es muy útil.I want them to say this website is very useful.

Imperative (imperativo)

(tú) ¡di!Say!¡no digas!Don't say!
(usted) ¡diga!Say!¡no diga!Don't say!
(nosotros) ¡digamos!Let's say!¡no digamos!Let's not say!
(vosotros) ¡decid!Say!¡no digáis!Don't say!
(ustedes) ¡digan!Say!¡no digan!Don't say!
  • ¡Dime porque te vayas! Tell me why you’re going!
  • ¡Digame! ¿Es verdad? Tell me! Is it true?
  • ¡No digas pendejadas! Don’t say nonsense!
  • ¡No digan mentiras! Don’t tell lies!

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