Daily Verb Lesson: Spanish for 'say, tell' is decir

The Spanish for say, tell is the irregular Spanish verb decir.
Imagine the singer DES'REE always DESIRES to tell the truth!

Decir is an irregular -IR verb. Conjugate this and learn to conjugate other -IR verbs.
Decir can also mean; to tell. Related words include:
  - decirse (vr) : to say to oneself, to each other;
    to talk about something/someone.
  - querer decir : to mean (lit. to want to say).
  - el dicho / el decir (nm) : saying.

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           to say, tell: decir
Imagine the singer DES'REE always DESIRES
to tell the truth!
Simple Tenses decir
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

digo dices dice decimos decís dicen

decía decías decía decíamos decíais decían

dije dijiste dijo dijimos dijisteis dijeron

will say
diré dirás dirá diremos diréis dirán

would say
diría dirías diría diríamos diríais dirían

may say
diga digas diga digamos digáis digan
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may say
dijera dijeras dijera dijeramos dijeráis dijeran
dijese dijeses dijese dijesemos dijeséis dijesen
Imperatives  decir

di! diga! digamos! decid! digan!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't say!
no digas! no diga! no digamos! no digáis! no digan!
Compound Tenses decir  Past Participle: dicho
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have said
he dicho has dicho ha dicho hemos dicho habéis dicho han dicho
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had said
hube dicho hubiste dicho hubo dicho hubimos dicho hubisteis dicho hubieron dicho
Past Perfect

had said
había dicho habías dicho había dicho habíamos dicho habíais dicho habían dicho
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have said
haya dicho hayas dicho haya dicho hayamos dicho hayáis dicho hayan dicho
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have said
habré dicho habrás dicho habrá dicho habremos dicho habréis dicho habrán dicho
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have said
habría dicho habrías dicho habría dicho habríamos dicho habríais dicho habrían dicho

may have said
hubiera dicho hubieras dicho hubiera dicho hubiéramos dicho hubierais dicho hubieran dicho
hubiese dicho hubieses dicho hubiese dicho hubiésemos dicho hubieseis dicho hubiesen dicho
Progressive Tenses decir  Present Participle: diciendo
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am saying
estoy diciendo estás diciendo está diciendo estamos diciendo está diciendo están diciendo
Preterit Progressive

was saying
estuve diciendo estuviste diciendo estuvo diciendo estuvimos diciendo estuvisteis diciendo estuvieron diciendo
Imperfect Progressive

had been saying
estaba diciendo estabas diciendo estaba diciendo estábamos diciendo estabais diciendo estaban diciendo
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be saying
estaré diciendo estarás diciendo estará diciendo estaremos diciendo estaréis diciendo estarán diciendo
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would have been saying
estaría diciendo estarías diciendo estabría diciendo estaríamos diciendo estaríais diciendo estarían diciendo
Subjunctive Progressive

may have been saying
que ~ diciendo que ~ diciendo que ~ diciendo que ~ diciendo que ~ diciendo que ~ diciendo
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Spanish for say =decir Es un decir! It's a saying!
Como dice el dicho ... As the saying goes
dicho y hecho! No sooner said than done!
mejor dicho ... Rather..., better said ...

Spanish for say =decir decir la verdad   to tell the truth, to be honest.
decir una mentira: to tell a lie.
No me digas! You don't say! Don't tell me! You're kidding!

Spanish for say =decir Diga? / Digame?! Hello? (on the phone)
Dijo que sí / no. S/he said yes/no.
No dijo nada. S/he said nothing.


  • The Spanish verb for say decir is an irregular IR verb, so you need to learn the conjugation.
  • Learn to conjugate decir and reinforce the pattern
  • Do a series of other IR verbs every day for a month and you will have a solid knowledge of the IR 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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