Spanish Verb CERRAR: to close

The Spanish verb cerrar means 'to close ' and is an irregular Spanish AR verb.

To remember this, imagine you close the door of the vault to protect the rare jewels that belong to SARAH!
Cerrar makes conjugation changes in the Present, Present Subjunctive and Imperative tenses by adding an accent to the i.
During a part of November a new irregular GAR verb is featured each day to enable you to consolidate this AR verb family. You will learn other verbs with similar patterns such as fregar, segar, cegar, renegar, and others.

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Read on, below the CERRAR verb table...
           to close: cerrar
Imagine you close the door of the vault to protect the rare jewels that belong to SARAH!
Simple Tenses cerrar
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

cierro cierras cierra cerramos cerráis cierran

cerraba cerrabas cerraba cerrábamos cerrabais cerraban

cerré cerraste cerró cerramos cerrasteis cerraron

will close
cerraré cerrarás cerrará cerraremos cerraréis cerrarán

would close
cerraría cerrarías cerraría cerraríamos cerraríais cerrarían

may close
cierre cierres cierre cerremos cerréis cierren
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may close
cerrara cerraras cerrara cerráramos cerrarais cerraran
cerrase cerrases cerrase cerrásemos cerraseis cerrasen
Imperative Tenses cerrar

¡cierra! ¡cierre! ¡cerremos! ¡cerrad! ¡cierren!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't close!
¡no cierres! ¡no cierre! ¡no cerremos! ¡no cerréis! ¡no cierren!
Compound Tenses cerrar - Past Participle cerrado - closed
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have closed
he cerrado has cerrado ha cerrado hemos cerrado habéis cerrado han cerrado
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had closed
hube cerrado hubiste cerrado hubo cerrado hubimos cerrado hubisteis cerrado hubieron cerrado
Past Perfect

had closed
había cerrado habías cerrado había cerrado habíamos cerrado habíais cerrado habían cerrado
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have closed
haya cerrado hayas cerrado haya cerrado hayamos cerrado hayáis cerrado hayan cerrado
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have closed
habré cerrado habrás cerrado habrá cerrado habremos cerrado habréis cerrado habrán cerrado
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have closed
habría cerrado habrías cerrado habría cerrado habríamos cerrado habríais cerrado habrían cerrado

may have closed
hubiera cerrado hubieras cerrado hubiera cerrado hubiéramos cerrado hubierais cerrado hubieran cerrado
hubiese cerrado hubieses cerrado hubiese cerrado hubiésemos cerrado hubieseis cerrado hubiesen cerrado
Progressive Tenses: Present Participle cerrando - closing
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am closing
estoy cerrando estás cerrando está cerrando estamos cerrando está cerrando están cerrando
Preterit Progressive

was closing
estuve cerrando estuviste cerrando estuvo cerrando estuvimos cerrando estuvisteis cerrando estuvieron cerrando
Imperfect Progressive

had been closing
estaba cerrando estabas cerrando estaba cerrando estábamos cerrando estabais cerrando estaban cerrando
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be closing
estaré cerrando estarás cerrando estará cerrando estaremos cerrando estaréis cerrando estarán cerrando
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would've been closing
estaría cerrando estarías cerrando estabría cerrando estaríamos cerrando estaríais cerrando estarían cerrando
Subjunctive Progressive

may've been closing
que ~ cerrando que ~ cerrando que ~ cerrando que ~ cerrando que ~ cerrando que ~ cerrando
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Spanish for close is cerrar cerrar can also mean: to shut, to block.
cerrar el grifo: to close/turn off the tap.
cerrar los ojos: to close/shut one's eyes.
cerrar el paso a alguien: to block someone's way.
cerrar el puño: to clench one's fist.

Spanish for close is cerrar la cerradura (nf): lock.
cerrar con llave: to lock.
el cerrajero (nm): locksmith.

Spanish for close is cerrar cerrado/a (pp/adj): closed, shut, locked; closed-minded; private, timid; bushy (beard).
cielo cerrado: overcast sky.
a precio cerrado: fixed price.
cerrar un trato: to close a deal.

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 cerrás
Presente de Subjuntivo:  vos cierres / cerrés


  • The Spanish verb for close cerrar is an Irregular AR verb.
  • Learn to conjugate cerrar 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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