Spanish Verb CONTESTAR: to answer

The Spanish verb contestar means 'to answer ' and is a regular Spanish AR verb.

To remember this, imagine the quiz CONTESTANTS answer questions!

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Read on, below the CONTESTAR verb table...
           to answer: contestar
Imagine the CONTESTANTS answer questions!
Simple Tenses contestar
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

contesto contestas contesta contestamos contestáis contestan

contestaba contestabas contestaba contestábamos contestabais contestaban

contesté contestaste contestó contestamos contestasteis contestaron

will answer
contestaré contestarás contestará contestaremos contestaréis contestarán

would answer
contestaría contestarías contestaría contestaríamos contestaríais contestarían

may answer
conteste contestes conteste contestemos contestéis contesten
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may answer
contestara contestaras contestara contestáramos contestarais contestaran
contestase contestases contestase contestásemos contestaseis contestasen
Imperative Tenses contestar

¡contesta! ¡conteste! ¡contestemos! ¡contestad! ¡contesten!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't answer!
¡no contestes! ¡no conteste! ¡no contestemos! ¡no contestéis! ¡no contesten!
Compound Tenses contestar - Past Participle contestado - answered
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have answered
he contestado has contestado ha contestado hemos contestado habéis contestado han contestado
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had answered
hube contestado hubiste contestado hubo contestado hubimos contestado hubisteis contestado hubieron contestado
Past Perfect

had answered
había contestado habías contestado había contestado habíamos contestado habíais contestado habían contestado
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have answered
haya contestado hayas contestado haya contestado hayamos contestado hayáis contestado hayan contestado
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have answered
habré contestado habrás contestado habrá contestado habremos contestado habréis contestado habrán contestado
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have answered
habría contestado habrías contestado habría contestado habríamos contestado habríais contestado habrían contestado

may have answered
hubiera contestado hubieras contestado hubiera contestado hubiéramos contestado hubierais contestado hubieran contestado
hubiese contestado hubieses contestado hubiese contestado hubiésemos contestado hubieseis contestado hubiesen contestado
Progressive Tenses: Present Participle contestando - answering
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am answering
estoy contestando estás contestando está contestando estamos contestando está contestando están contestando
Preterit Progressive

was answering
estuve contestando estuviste contestando estuvo contestando estuvimos contestando estuvisteis contestando estuvieron contestando
Imperfect Progressive

had been answering
estaba contestando estabas contestando estaba contestando estábamos contestando estabais contestando estaban contestando
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be answering
estaré contestando estarás contestando estará contestando estaremos contestando estaréis contestando estarán contestando
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would've been answering
estaría contestando estarías contestando estabría contestando estaríamos contestando estaríais contestando estarían contestando
Subjunctive Progressive

may've been answering
que ~ contestando que ~ contestando que ~ contestando que ~ contestando que ~ contestando que ~ contestando
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Spanish for answer is contestar contestar can also mean: to reply, to answer back, to talk back; to corroborate.
contester por alguien: to answer for someone.
contester la pregunta : to answer the question.
contester el téléfono : to answer the phone.

Spanish for answer is contestar la contestación (nf): answer, reply; opposition; opposing argument.
el contestador (nm): answering machine.
el/la contendiente (nm/f): contestant.

Spanish for answer is contestar contestado/a (pp/adj m/f): answered, replied; completed; contentious, controversial.
contestón/a (adj): argumentative, given to answering back, mouthy, lippy.
contestatario/a (adj m/f): rebellious, protest, non-conformist.

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 contestás
Imperativo:  ¡contestá!


  • The Spanish verb for answer contestar is an Regular AR verb.
  • Learn to conjugate contestar 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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