Spanish Verb ABLANDAR: to soften

The Spanish verb ablandar means 'to soften ' and is a regular Spanish AR verb.

To remember this, imagine the chef uses A BLAND mix to soften up the palate!

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Read on, below the ABLANDAR verb table...
           to soften: ablandar
Imagine the chef uses A BLAND mix
to soften up the palate!
Simple Tenses ablandar
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

ablando ablandas ablanda ablandamos ablandáis ablandan

ablandaba ablandabas ablandaba ablandábamos ablandabais ablandaban

ablandé ablandaste ablandó ablandamos ablandasteis ablandaron

will soften
ablandaré ablandarás ablandará ablandaremos ablandaréis ablandarán

would soften
ablandaría ablandarías ablandaría ablandaríamos ablandaríais ablandarían

may soften
ablande ablandes ablande ablandemos ablandéis ablanden
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may soften
ablandara ablandaras ablandara ablandáramos ablandarais ablandaran
ablandase ablandases ablandase ablandásemos ablandaseis ablandasen
Imperative Tenses ablandar

¡ablanda! ¡ablande! ¡ablandemos! ¡ablandad! ¡ablanden!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't soften!
¡no ablandes! ¡no ablande! ¡no ablandemos! ¡no ablandéis! ¡no ablanden!
Compound Tenses ablandar - Past Participle ablandado - softened
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have softened
he ablandado has ablandado ha ablandado hemos ablandado habéis ablandado han ablandado
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had softened
hube ablandado hubiste ablandado hubo ablandado hubimos ablandado hubisteis ablandado hubieron ablandado
Past Perfect

had softened
había ablandado habías ablandado había ablandado habíamos ablandado habíais ablandado habían ablandado
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have softened
haya ablandado hayas ablandado haya ablandado hayamos ablandado hayáis ablandado hayan ablandado
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have softened
habré ablandado habrás ablandado habrá ablandado habremos ablandado habréis ablandado habrán ablandado
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have softened
habría ablandado habrías ablandado habría ablandado habríamos ablandado habríais ablandado habrían ablandado

may have softened
hubiera ablandado hubieras ablandado hubiera ablandado hubiéramos ablandado hubierais ablandado hubieran ablandado
hubiese ablandado hubieses ablandado hubiese ablandado hubiésemos ablandado hubieseis ablandado hubiesen ablandado
Progressive Tenses: Present Participle ablandando - softening
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am softening
estoy ablandando estás ablandando está ablandando estamos ablandando está ablandando están ablandando
Preterit Progressive

was softening
estuve ablandando estuviste ablandando estuvo ablandando estuvimos ablandando estuvisteis ablandando estuvieron ablandando
Imperfect Progressive

had been softening
estaba ablandando estabas ablandando estaba ablandando estábamos ablandando estabais ablandando estaban ablandando
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be softening
estaré ablandando estarás ablandando estará ablandando estaremos ablandando estaréis ablandando estarán ablandando
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would've been softening
estaría ablandando estarías ablandando estabría ablandando estaríamos ablandando estaríais ablandando estarían ablandando
Subjunctive Progressive

may've been softening
que ~ ablandando que ~ ablandando que ~ ablandando que ~ ablandando que ~ ablandando que ~ ablandando
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Spanish for soften is ablandar ablandar can also mean: to soften up; to diminish, to slacken.
ablandarse (vr): to soften (up); to melt

Spanish for soften is ablandar el ablandamiento (nm): softening up; moderation.
el ablandador (nm): softener.
el ablandador de agua (nm): water softener.
el ablandador de carnes (nm): meat tenderizer.

Spanish for soften is ablandar blando/a (adj m/f): soft, springy; deferential; smooth, suave; weak, delicate.

you informal vos replaces - you, informal, singular -
- in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and also in some countries of Central America.
Sometimes it also replaces the formal singular 'Usted'.
In regular AR verbs, the conjugations remain the same as for except for the addition of accents in the following tenses:
Presente:  vos ablandás
Imperativo:  ¡ablandá!


  • The Spanish verb for soften ablandar is an Regular AR verb.
  • Learn to conjugate ablandar and it will reinforce this regular pattern.
  • Do a series of verbs every day for a month and you will have a solid knowledge of the verbs' conjugation patterns. Keep doing them with a new one every day from the Spanish Verbs List.
  • The same applies to the various patterns. Each month we feature a daily verb from one of the major pattern groups.
  • Repeating these tables aloud 10 times throughout the day will better embed the patterns into your subconscious, and your long term memory.
  • Reciting aloud is a great way for you to practice your pronunciation, and helps you to memorize the conjugations.

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