Spanish Verb COLAR: to strain

The Spanish verb colar means 'to strain ' and is a regular Spanish AR verb.

To remember this, imagine you strain Coca COLA!

There are over 6500 Spanish -AR verbs which make no changes to the stem in any tense. During January a new regular -AR verb is featured each day to enable you to consolidate the regular AR verb family. You will learn other regular verbs such as anclar, acantonar, bañar, bromear, and others.

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Read on, below the COLAR verb table...
           to strain: colar
Imagine you strain Coca COLA!
Simple Tenses colar
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

colo colas cola colamos coláis colan

colaba colabas colaba colábamos colabais colaban

colé colaste coló colamos colasteis colaron

will strain
colaré colarás colará colaremos colaréis colarán

would strain
colaría colarías colaría colaríamos colaríais colarían

may strain
cole coles cole colemos coléis colen
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may strain
colara colaras colara coláramos colarais colaran
colase colases colase colásemos colaseis colasen
Imperative Tenses colar

¡cola! ¡cole! ¡colemos! ¡colad! ¡colen!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't strain!
¡no coles! ¡no cole! ¡no colemos! ¡no coléis! ¡no colen!
Compound Tenses colar - Past Participle colado - strained
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have strained
he colado has colado ha colado hemos colado habéis colado han colado
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had strained
hube colado hubiste colado hubo colado hubimos colado hubisteis colado hubieron colado
Past Perfect

had strained
había colado habías colado había colado habíamos colado habíais colado habían colado
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have strained
haya colado hayas colado haya colado hayamos colado hayáis colado hayan colado
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have strained
habré colado habrás colado habrá colado habremos colado habréis colado habrán colado
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have strained
habría colado habrías colado habría colado habríamos colado habríais colado habrían colado

may have strained
hubiera colado hubieras colado hubiera colado hubiéramos colado hubierais colado hubieran colado
hubiese colado hubieses colado hubiese colado hubiésemos colado hubieseis colado hubiesen colado
Progressive Tenses: Present Participle colando - straining
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am straining
estoy colando estás colando está colando estamos colando está colando están colando
Preterit Progressive

was straining
estuve colando estuviste colando estuvo colando estuvimos colando estuvisteis colando estuvieron colando
Imperfect Progressive

had been straining
estaba colando estabas colando estaba colando estábamos colando estabais colando estaban colando
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be straining
estaré colando estarás colando estará colando estaremos colando estaréis colando estarán colando
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would've been straining
estaría colando estarías colando estabría colando estaríamos colando estaríais colando estarían colando
Subjunctive Progressive

may've been straining
que ~ colando que ~ colando que ~ colando que ~ colando que ~ colando que ~ colando
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Spanish for strain is colar colar can also mean: to seep, to leak; to bleach; to sneak information.
colarse (vr): to sneak in, to gatecrash; to jump the queue.

Spanish for strain is colar el coladero / la coladera (nm/f): colander, strainer, sieve.
la colada (nf): straining, filetering; dribble, sidestep (sports); washing, laundry.
un colado (nm): gatecrasher.
colado/a (por) (adj m/f): crazy (about).

Spanish for strain is colar la cola (nf): queue; tail; glue.

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 colás
Imperativo:  ¡colá!


  • The Spanish verb for strain colar is an Regular AR verb.
  • Learn to conjugate colar 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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