Spanish Verb ACTUAR: to act

The Spanish verb actuar means 'to act ' and is an irregular Spanish AR verb.

To remember this, imagine Hugh Grant says, "If you ACT YOU ARE an actor!"

Actuar makes conjugation changes in the Present, Present Subjunctive and Imperative tenses by adding an accent to the u.
During the first part of November a new irregular UAR verb is featured each day to enable you to consolidate some of the AR verb families. You will learn other verbs with similar patterns such as continuar, evaluar, fluctuar, habituar, and others.

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Read on, below the ACTUAR verb table...
           to act: actuar
Imagine Hugh Grant says,
"If you ACT YOU ARE an actor!"
Simple Tenses actuar
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

actúo actúas actúa actuamos actuáis actúan

actuaba actuabas actuaba actuábamos actuabais actuaban

actué actuaste actuó actuamos actuasteis actuaron

will act
actuaré actuarás actuará actuaremos actuaréis actuarán

would act
actuaría actuarías actuaría actuaríamos actuaríais actuarían

may act
actúe actúes actúe actuemos actuéis actúen
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may act
actuara actuaras actuara actuáramos actuarais actuaran
actuase actuases actuase actuásemos actuaseis actuasen
Imperative Tenses actuar

¡actúa! ¡actúe! ¡actuemos! ¡actuad! ¡actúen!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't act!
¡no actúes! ¡no actúe! ¡no actuemos! ¡no actuéis! ¡no actúen!
Compound Tenses actuar
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have acted
he actuado has actuado ha actuado hemos actuado habéis actuado han actuado
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had acted
hube actuado hubiste actuado hubo actuado hubimos actuado hubisteis actuado hubieron actuado
Past Perfect

had acted
había actuado habías actuado había actuado habíamos actuado habíais actuado habían actuado
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have acted
haya actuado hayas actuado haya actuado hayamos actuado hayáis actuado hayan actuado
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have acted
habré actuado habrás actuado habrá actuado habremos actuado habréis actuado habrán actuado
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have acted
habría actuado habrías actuado habría actuado habríamos actuado habríais actuado habrían actuado

may have acted
hubiera actuado hubieras actuado hubiera actuado hubiéramos actuado hubierais actuado hubieran actuado
hubiese actuado hubieses actuado hubiese actuado hubiésemos actuado hubieseis actuado hubiesen actuado
Progressive Tenses actuar
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am acting
estoy actuando estás actuando está actuando estamos actuando está actuando están actuando
Preterit Progressive

was acting
estuve actuando estuviste actuando estuvo actuando estuvimos actuando estuvisteis actuando estuvieron actuando
Imperfect Progressive

had been acting
estaba actuando estabas actuando estaba actuando estábamos actuando estabais actuando estaban actuando
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be acting
estaré actuando estarás actuando estará actuando estaremos actuando estaréis actuando estarán actuando
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would've been acting
estaría actuando estarías actuando estabría actuando estaríamos actuando estaríais actuando estarían actuando
Subjunctive Progressive

may've been acting
que ~ actuando que ~ actuando que ~ actuando que ~ actuando que ~ actuando que ~ actuando
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Spanish for act is actuar actuar can also mean: to perform; to work (ie medicine), to serve (function).
forma de actuar:  behaviour.
actuar en consecuencia:  to act accordingly.

Spanish for act is actuar el actor / la actriz (nm/f): actor/actress.
actor de doblaje / reparto: voiceover / supporting actor.
actor civil: plaintiff.
la acción (nf): action.

Spanish for act is actuar actuando para la camara: acting for the camera.
actuando sin actuar: acting without acting.

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 irregular AR verbs, the conjugations remain the same as for except for the addition of accents in the following tenses:
Presente:  vos actuás
Presente de Subjuntivo:  vos actúes (Central America)


  • The Spanish verb for act actuar is an Irregular AR verb.
  • Learn to conjugate actuar and it will reinforce this irregular 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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