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Oír Conjugation: How To Conjugate To Hear In Spanish

Oír means both “to hear” and “to listen” in Spanish. The conjugation of oír in the present tense is: Yo oigo (I hear), tú oyes (you hear), él/ella/usted oye (he/she hears, you hear), nosotros oímos (we hear), vosotros oís (you hear) and ellos/ellas/ustedes oyen (you/they hear).

Oír (to hear, to listen) conjugation charts

Oír is an irregular IR verb. This is because its stem when conjugated in the present tense is different from other regular IR verbs, such as vivir (to live). This page on our site covers regular and irregular Spanish IR verbs in detail.

Oír conjugation in the present tense

Oír (to hear) conjugation in the present tense.

Further down the pages we provide conjugation tables for oir in the following 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)

Oír conjugation table

Oir conjugation table

The following graphic shows how to conjugate oír in the first-person singular (yo) form in twelve verb tenses.

Oir (to hear) conjugation in twelve tenses in the first-person singular (yo) form.

Oír conjugation charts

Present tense (presente de indicativo)

In the present tense, yo oigo translates to “I hear”, “I listen”, “I am hearing” and “I am listening”.

yo oigoI hear (or listen)Oigo el teléfono.I hear the telephone.
tú oyesyou hear ¿Oyes lo que estoy diciendo?Do you hear what I'm saying?
él/ella, usted oyehe/she hears, you hearNo oye mi voz.He doesn't hear my voice.
nosotros oímoswe hearOímos los grillo en el patio.We hear the crickets in the yard.
vosotros oísyou hear¿Oís el anuncio?Do you hear the announcement.
ellos/ellas, ustedes oyenthey/you hear¿Por qué no oyen el tren?Why don't they hear the train?

Progressive present (presente progresivo)

The progressive present tense combines the present tense of estar (to be) in the present tense with the present participle. Yo estoy oyendo translates to “I am hearing” or “I am listening”.

yo estoy oyendoI am hearing (or listening)Estoy oyendo música.I'm hearing music.
tú estás oyendoyou are hearing¿Estás oyendo voces?Are you hearing voices?
él,ella, usted está oyendohe/she/you is (are) hearing¿Que está oyendo?What are you hearing?
nosotros estamos oyendowe are hearingEstamos oyendo un sonido muy raro. We're hearing a very weird sound.
vosotros estáis oyendoyou are hearing¿Estáis oyendo algo?Are you hearing something?
ellos/ellas, ustedes están oyendothey/you are hearingNo están oyendo nada.They aren't hearing anything.

Near future (futuro inmediato)

The near future tense combines the present tense of ir (to go) with the preposition a and an infinitive. Yo voy a oír translates to “I’m going to hear” or “I’m going to listen”.

yo voy a oírI'm going to hear (or listen)Voy a oír el ruido.I'm going to hear the noise.
tú vas a oíryou are going to hearVas a oír la publicidad.You're going to hear the advertisement.
él/ella, usted va a oírhe/she/you is (are) going to hearNo va a oír nuestras voces. He's not going to hear our voices.
nosotros vamos a oírwe are going to hearVamos a oír la llegada del coche.We're going to hear the arrival of the car.
vosotros vais a oíryou are going to hearVais a oír sus instrucciones.You're going to listen to their instructions.
ellos/ellas, ustedes van a oírthey/you are going to hearVan a oír el ruido de las ondas.They're going to hear the sound of waves.

Future tense (futuro)

In the future tense, Yo oiré translates to “I will hear” or “I will listen”.

yo oiréI will hear (listen)Oiré los pájaros piando.I'll hear the birds chirping.
tú oirásyou will hearOirás mi voz en diez minutos.You'll hear my voice in ten minutes.
él/ella, usted oiráhe/she/you will hearElla oirá el ruido del motor. She'll hear the sound of the motor.
nosotros oiremoswe will hearNo oiremos los vecinos hablando.We won't hear the neighbors talking.
vosotros oiréisyou will hearOiréis la música del concierto.You'll hear the music from the concert.
ellos/ellas, ustedes oiránthey/you will hearOirán el sonido de la guitarra.They'll hear the sound of the guitar.

Preterite (pretérito)

The preterite is a past tense used to express past actions which occurred at specified times. Yo oí translates to “I heard” or “I listened”.

yo oíI heard (or listened)No oí las noticias.I didn't hear the news.
tú oísteyou heard¿Oíste lo que dije?Did you hear what I said?
él/ella, usted oyóhe/she/you heardNo oyó nada.He didn't hear anything.
nosotros oímoswe heardYa oímos su argumento. We already hear your argument.
vosotros oísteisyou heard¿Cómo oísteis este rumor?How did you hear this rumor?
ellos/ellas, ustedes oyeronthey/you heard¿Cuándo oyeron las noticias?When did they hear the news?

Present perfect indicative (perfecto de indicativo)

The present perfect is used to express past actions which have a bearing on the present. Yo he oído translates to “I have heard” or “I have listened”.

yo he oídoI have heard (or listened)No he oído nana.I haven't heard anything.
tú has oídoyou have heard ¿Has oído las noticias?Have you heard the news?
él/ella, usted ha oídohe/she/you have (has) heardNo ha oído a su patrón.He hasn't listened to his boss.
nosotros hemos oídowe have heardHemos oído muchos rumores. We've heard a lot of rumos.
vosotros habéis oídoyou have heard¿Habéis oído su acento?Have you heard his accent?
ellos/ellas, ustedes han oídothey/you have heardHan oído todas las reglas.They've heard all the rules.

Imperfect (imperfecto de indicativo)

The imperfect tense is used to express past actions which occurred at unspecified times. Yo oía translates to “I used to hear” and “I was hearing”.

yo oíaI was hearing (or used to ear, was listening, used to listen)Cuando era un niño oía voces.I used to hear voices when I was a child.
tú oíasyou were hearingOías simepe a los mayores.You used to always listen to elders.
él/ella, usted oíahe/she/you was (were) hearingNo oía a sus padres.She wasn't listening to her parents.
nosotros oíamoswe were hearingOíamos simpre los sonidos de la naturaleza.We used to always listen to the sounds of nature.
vosotros oíaisyou were hearing¿Es verdad que oíais a vuestros profesores?Is it true that you used to listen to your teachers?
ellos/ellas, ustedes oíanthey/you were hearingNunca oían a los instructores.They never used to listen to the instructors.

Conditional (potential simple)

The conditional tense is used to express hypothetical actions. Yo oiría translates to “I would hear” or “I would listen”.

yo oiríaI would hear (or listen)Oiría la música si el volumen fuese más alto. I'd her the music if the volume were higher.
tú oiríasyou would hear¿Oirías mi voz si hablase con claridad?Would you hear my voice if I spoke clearly?
él/ella, usted oiríahe/she/you would hearOiría las ondas si estuviese en playa.He'd hear the waves if he were on the beach.
nosotros oiríamoswe would hearOiríamos los grillos si estuviésemos en el bosque.We'd hear the crickets if we were in the forsest.
vosotros oiríaisyou would hearOiríais al bebé si estuvieseis en su habitación.You'd hear the baby if you were in his room.
ellos/ellas, ustedes oiríanthey/you would hearOirían los pájaro si estuviesen en la selva.They'd hear the birds if they were in the jungle.

Present subjunctive (presente de subjuntivo)

The subjunctive mood is used to express wishes, emotions and doubts. Yo oiga translates to “I hear” and “I listen”.

yo oigaI hear (or listen)Es importante que oiga las instrucciones.It's important that I listen to the instructions.
tú oigasyou hearNo pienso que me oigas.I don't think you hear me.
él/ella, usted oigahe/she/you hears (hear)Es dudoso que me oiga.It's doubtful he hears me.
nosotros oigamoswe hear¿Es posible que oigamos a un fantasma?Is it possible we hear a ghost?
vosotras oigáisyou hearEs magnífico que nos oigáis.It's splendid you hear us.
ellos/ellas, ustedes oiganthey/you hearQuiero que oigan las reglas.I want them to listen to the rules.

Imperative (imperativo)

The imperative is used to give commands and make suggestions. Example sentences are under the chart.

(tú) ¡oye!Listen! (or Hear!)¡no oigas!Don't listen!
(usted) ¡oiga!Listen!¡no oiga!Don't listen!
nosotras) ¡oigamos!Let's listen!¡no oigamos!Let's not listen!
vosotras) ¡oíd!Listen!¡no oigáis!Don't listen!
(ustedes) ¡oigan!Listen!¡no oigan!Don't listen!
  • ¡Oiga me! Listen to me!
  • ¡No oigas pendejadas! Don’t listen to nonsense!
  • ¡Oigamos lo que piense! Let’s listen to what he thinks.
  • ¡Oye! ¿Qué opinas de mi idea? Listen! What do you think of my idea?

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