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Pedir Conjugation Tables and Example Sentences

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If you are learning Spanish, you have probably stumbled upon the verb pedir. This irregular verb means “to ask”, “to request”, or “to order”. Therefore, if you are in a restaurant in Spain or Latin America, you definitely need to know how to conjugate it properly! After all, how else will you get your tapas and cerveza?

Pedir conjugation can be tricky because it’s an irregular verb. As such, it can change its root in different situations. For this reason, it can be a bit difficult to learn all the forms of the pedir conjugation… But don’t worry! In this article, we’ll cover how to conjugate pedir correctly with conjugation tables and practical examples.

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Indicative Pedir Conjugation Table

Present

Preterite

Imperfect

Conditional

Future

request

requested

was requesting/used to request

would request

will request

yo

pido

pedí

pedía

pediría

pediré

pides

pediste

pedías

pedirías

pedirás

él/ella/Ud.

pide

pidió

pedía

pediría

pedirá

nosotros

pedimos

pedimos

pedíamos

pediríamos

pediremos

vosotros

pedís

pedisteis

pedíais

pediríais

pediréis

ellos/ellas/Uds.

piden

pidieron

pedían

pedirían

pedirán

As we mentioned Pedir is an irregular verb so you’ll notice the stem changes in the forms yo, tú, él/ella/Ud., and ellos/ellas/Uds from e–>i in the present tense.

Pedir Present Tense Examples

Spanish

  • Mi hija siempre pide una muñeca para Navidad.
  • Cada vez que vengo a este bar, pido lo mismo.

English

  • My daughter always asks for a doll for Christmas.
  • Every time I come to this bar, I ask the same thing.

Pedir Preterite Tense Examples

Spanish

  • ¿Ya pediste la cena?
  • Luisa pidió ayuda para terminar su tarea.

English

  • Have you already ordered dinner?
  • Luisa asked for help to finish her homework.

Pedir Imperfect Tense Examples

Spanish

  • Martín siempre me pedía caramelos.
  • Yo siempre pedía un deseo cuando veía una estrella fugaz.

English

  • Martín always used to ask me for candy.
  • I always used to make a wish when I saw a shooting star.

Pedir Conditional Tense Examples

Spanish

  • Si yo fuese tú, le pediría disculpas a Marcelo.
  • Si mañana fuese vuestro cumpleaños, ¿qué pediríais que os regalen?

English

  • If I were you, I would apologize to Marcelo.
  • If tomorrow was your birthday, what would you ask for a gift?

Pedir Future Tense Examples

Spanish

  • ¿Pedirás un aumento de sueldo?
  • Mi esposa y yo pediremos un préstamo en el banco.

English

  • Will you ask for a raise?
  • My wife and I will ask for a loan at the bank.

Read next: Present Progressive in Spanish – The Complete Guide

Subjunctive Pedir Conjugation Table

Present

Imperfect

Future

request

requested

will request

yo

pida

pidiera

pidiere

pidas

pidieras

pidieres

él/ella/Ud.

pida

pidiera

pidiere

nosotros

pidamos

pidiéramos

pidiéremos

vosotros

pidáis

pidierais

pidiereis

ellos/ellas/Uds.

pidan

pidieran

pidieren

Present Subjunctive

Spanish

  • Me parece bien que te pidas las vacaciones en diciembre.
  • Que Marcos pida tanta comida a domicilio me dice que no le gusta cocinar.

English

  • I think it’s okay for you to take your holidays in December.
  • The fact that Marcos orders so much food at home says he doesn’t like to cook.

Imperfect Subjunctive

Spanish

  • Me sorprendió que pidieran tantos requisitos para ese puesto.
  • Si él me pidiera un favor, yo se lo haría.

English

  • I was surprised that they asked for so many qualifications for that position.
  • If he asked me a favor, I would do it.

Imperative Pedir Conjugation Table

Affirmative

Negative

Request!

Don't Request!

yo

-

-

pide

no pidas

él/ella/Ud.

pida

no pida

nosotros

pidamos

no pidamos

vosotros

pedid

no pidáis

ellos/ellas/Uds.

pidan

no pidan

Spanish

  • ¡No pidáis en ese lugar, siempre tardan demasiado en traer la comida!
  • Si cometes un error, pide perdón.

English

  • Don’t order in that place, they always take too long to serve the food!
  • If you make a mistake, apologize.

Other Contexts to Use Pedir

We have already seen the conjugation of pedir and the different forms of pedir. But, when we talk about pedir algo (“to ask for something” or “to order something”), we are not always talking about a physical object. Also, it is possible to ask for other things, such as:

  • Pedir permiso – to ask for permission
  • Pedir perdón – to offer apologies or to feel sorry about something
  • Pedir un deseo – to make a wish

Something very important to keep in mind is that pedir is not the same thing as preguntar. We know: in English, you can use “to ask” to get something from someone or to get the answer to a question. But in Spanish, the proper expression in the latter case is preguntar.

Conclusion

We have already seen the pedir conjugation, and also in which situations you should use this verb. As we have seen, it can be used in a lot of contexts! Now, you know how to use the verb pedir in Spanish, so you will have no problem when you need to get something from someone. Also, when you travel through Spain or Latin America you can order your dish in the correct way!

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