Spanish Verb ENCONTRAR: to find

The Spanish verb encontrar means 'to find ' and is an irregular Spanish AR verb.

To remember this, imagine Dr Livingstone saying to Stanley after being found in the jungles of Africa, "ON the CONTRARY I am happy to be found ...!"

Encontrar changes the stem in the Present, Present Subjunctive and Imperative tenses.
During December a new irregular -AR verb is featured each day to enable you to consolidate an irregular AR verb family. You will learn other verbs with similar patterns such as acostar, tronar, tostar, probar, and others.

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           to find: encontrar
Imagine Dr Livingstone saying to Stanley after being found in the jungles of Africa, "ON the CONTRARY,
I am happy to be found...!"
Simple Tenses encontrar
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

encuentro encuentras encuentra encontramos encontráis encuentran

encontraba encontrabas encontraba encontrábamos encontrabais encontraban

encontré encontraste encontró encontramos encontrasteis encontraron

will find
encontraré encontrarás encontrará encontraremos encontraréis encontrarán

would find
encontraría encontrarías encontraría encontraríamos encontraríais encontrarían

may find
encuentre encuentres encuentre encontremos encontréis encuentren
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may find
encontrara encontraras encontrara encontráramos encontrarais encontraran
encontrase encontrases encontrase encontrásemos encontraseis encontrasen
Imperative Tenses encontrar

¡encuentra! ¡encuentre! ¡encontremos! ¡encontrad! ¡encuentren!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't find!
¡no encuentres! ¡no encuentre! ¡no encontremos! ¡no encontréis! ¡no encuentren!
Compound Tenses encontrar - Past Participle encontrado - found
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have found
he encontrado has encontrado ha encontrado hemos encontrado habéis encontrado han encontrado
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had found
hube encontrado hubiste encontrado hubo encontrado hubimos encontrado hubisteis encontrado hubieron encontrado
Past Perfect

had found
había encontrado habías encontrado había encontrado habíamos encontrado habíais encontrado habían encontrado
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have found
haya encontrado hayas encontrado haya encontrado hayamos encontrado hayáis encontrado hayan encontrado
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have found
habré encontrado habrás encontrado habrá encontrado habremos encontrado habréis encontrado habrán encontrado
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have found
habría encontrado habrías encontrado habría encontrado habríamos encontrado habríais encontrado habrían encontrado

may have found
hubiera encontrado hubieras encontrado hubiera encontrado hubiéramos encontrado hubierais encontrado hubieran encontrado
hubiese encontrado hubieses encontrado hubiese encontrado hubiésemos encontrado hubieseis encontrado hubiesen encontrado
Progressive Tenses: Present Participle encontrando - finding
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am finding
estoy encontrando estás encontrando está encontrando estamos encontrando está encontrando están encontrando
Preterit Progressive

was finding
estuve encontrando estuviste encontrando estuvo encontrando estuvimos encontrando estuvisteis encontrando estuvieron encontrando
Imperfect Progressive

had been finding
estaba encontrando estabas encontrando estaba encontrando estábamos encontrando estabais encontrando estaban encontrando
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be finding
estaré encontrando estarás encontrando estará encontrando estaremos encontrando estaréis encontrando estarán encontrando
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would've been finding
estaría encontrando estarías encontrando estabría encontrando estaríamos encontrando estaríais encontrando estarían encontrando
Subjunctive Progressive

may've been finding
que ~ encontrando que ~ encontrando que ~ encontrando que ~ encontrando que ~ encontrando que ~ encontrando
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Spanish for find is encontrar encontrar can also mean: to discover, to spot, to come across.
encontrarse (vr): to meet/encounter/find someone, to bump into someone.
encontrarse a sí mismo: to find oneself.

Spanish for find is encontrar el encuentro (nm) : meeting, encounter (casual).
salir al encuentro de alguien: to be met/greeted by someone.

Spanish for find is encontrar el encontradizo (nm/f): chance meeting.
hacerse el encontradizo: to pretend to have a chance meeting.

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 encontrás
Imperativo:  ¡encontrá!


  • The Spanish verb for find encontrar is an Irregular AR verb.
  • Learn to conjugate encontrar 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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