Spanish Verb PROBAR: to try

The Spanish verb probar means 'to try ' and is an irregular Spanish AR verb.

To remember this, imagine you PROBE a BAR of chocolate to try it for freshness and firmness!

Probar changes the stem in the Present, Present Subjunctive and Imperative tenses.
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Read on, below the PROBAR verb table...
           to try: probar
Imagine you PROBE a BAR of chocolate to try
it for freshness and firmness!
Simple Tenses probar
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

pruebo pruebas prueba probamos probáis prueban

probaba probabas probaba probábamos probabais probaban

probé probaste probó probamos probasteis probaron

will try
probaré probarás probará probaremos probaréis probarán

would try
probaría probarías probaría probaríamos probaríais probarían

may try
pruebe pruebes pruebe probemos probéis prueben
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may try
probara probaras probara probáramos probarais probaran
probase probases probase probásemos probaseis probasen
Imperative Tenses probar

¡prueba! ¡pruebe! ¡probemos! ¡probad! ¡prueben!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't try!
¡no pruebes! ¡no pruebe! ¡no probemos! ¡no probéis! ¡no prueben!
Compound Tenses probar - Past Participle probado - tried
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have tried
he probado has probado ha probado hemos probado habéis probado han probado
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had tried
hube probado hubiste probado hubo probado hubimos probado hubisteis probado hubieron probado
Past Perfect

had tried
había probado habías probado había probado habíamos probado habíais probado habían probado
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have tried
haya probado hayas probado haya probado hayamos probado hayáis probado hayan probado
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have tried
habré probado habrás probado habrá probado habremos probado habréis probado habrán probado
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have tried
habría probado habrías probado habría probado habríamos probado habríais probado habrían probado

may have tried
hubiera probado hubieras probado hubiera probado hubiéramos probado hubierais probado hubieran probado
hubiese probado hubieses probado hubiese probado hubiésemos probado hubieseis probado hubiesen probado
Progressive Tenses: Present Participle probando - trying
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am trying
estoy probando estás probando está probando estamos probando está probando están probando
Preterit Progressive

was trying
estuve probando estuviste probando estuvo probando estuvimos probando estuvisteis probando estuvieron probando
Imperfect Progressive

had been trying
estaba probando estabas probando estaba probando estábamos probando estabais probando estaban probando
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be trying
estaré probando estarás probando estará probando estaremos probando estaréis probando estarán probando
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would've been trying
estaría probando estarías probando estabría probando estaríamos probando estaríais probando estarían probando
Subjunctive Progressive

may've been trying
que ~ probando que ~ probando que ~ probando que ~ probando que ~ probando que ~ probando
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Spanish for try is probar probar can also mean: to prove, to test.
probarse (vr): to try on.
el probador (nm): fitting room, changing room; tester.
probador (adj): test.

Spanish for try is probar la prueba (nf): test, audition; proof, piece of evidence.
la prueba de compra: proof of purchase.
la prueba de aptitud: aptitude test.

Spanish for try is probar probado/a (pp/adj m/f): tested, proven.
un hecho probado: a proven fact.
Probar no cuesta nada: No harm in trying (lit. trying costs nothing).
probar suerte: to try one's luck.

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 probás
Imperativo:  ¡probá!


  • The Spanish verb for try probar is an Irregular AR verb.
  • Learn to conjugate probar 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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