An In-Depth Guide to the 'Crecer' Conjugation Chart in Spanish

May 19th, 2023 - Vera

The verb ‘crecer’ – which means ‘to grow’ – is an essential term in the Spanish language. As an ‘-er’ verb, it follows many of the regular conjugation rules. However, ‘crecer’ is a stem-changing verb, and it undergoes slight modifications in some of its forms. This comprehensive guide is intended to help you navigate the ‘crecer’ conjugation chart, explaining its different tenses and their conjugations.

Crecer in the Present Tense

In the present tense, ‘crecer’ is a stem-changing verb where the ‘e’ in the stem ‘crec-‘ changes to ‘zc’ for the first person singular (yo), but remains ‘e’ for the rest. Here is the chart:

Person Spanish
I grow Yo crezco
You (informal) grow Tú creces
He/She/It grows/You (formal) grow Él/Ella/Usted crece
We grow Nosotros/Nosotras crecemos
You (plural, informal) grow Vosotros/Vosotras crecéis
They grow/You (plural, formal) grow Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes crecen

Crecer in the Preterite Tense

The preterite tense is used to describe completed actions in the past. The conjugation for ‘crecer’ in the preterite tense is:

Person Spanish
I grew Yo crecí
You (informal) grew Tú creciste
He/She/It grew/You (formal) grew Él/Ella/Usted creció
We grew Nosotros/Nosotras crecimos
You (plural, informal) grew Vosotros/Vosotras crecisteis
They grew/You (plural, formal) grew Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes crecieron

Notice that ‘crecer’ is regular in the preterite tense, following the typical endings for ‘-er’ verbs: -í, -iste, -ió, -imos, -isteis, -ieron.

Crecer in the Imperfect Tense

The imperfect tense in Spanish is used to describe ongoing or habitual actions in the past. The conjugation for ‘crecer’ in the imperfect tense is:

Person Spanish
I was growing Yo crecía
You (informal) were growing Tú crecías
He/She/It was growing/You (formal) were growing Él/Ella/Usted crecía
We were growing Nosotros/Nosotras crecíamos
You (plural, informal) were growing Vosotros/Vosotras crecíais
They were growing/You (plural, formal) were growing Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes crecían

‘Crecer’ is regular in the imperfect tense, following the standard endings for ‘-er’ verbs: -ía, -ías, -ía, -íamos, -íais, -ían.

Crecer in the Future Tense

The future tense conjugation of ‘crecer’ is as follows:

Person Spanish
I will grow Yo creceré
You (informal) will grow Tú crecerás
He/She/It will  
grow/You (formal) will grow Él/Ella/Usted crecerá  
  We will grow Nosotros/Nosotras creceremos
  You (plural, informal) will grow Vosotros/Vosotras creceréis
  They will grow/You (plural, formal) will grow Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes crecerán

In the future tense, Spanish verbs are conjugated by adding the endings -é, -ás, -á, -emos, -éis, -án directly to the infinitive form of the verb.

Crecer in the Conditional Tense

The conditional tense is used to express something that would happen under certain conditions. The conjugation for ‘crecer’ in this tense is:

Person Spanish
I would grow Yo crecería
You (informal) would grow Tú crecerías
He/She/It would grow/You (formal) would grow Él/Ella/Usted crecería
We would grow Nosotros/Nosotras creceríamos
You (plural, informal) would grow Vosotros/Vosotras creceríais
They would grow/You (plural, formal) would grow Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes crecerían

For the conditional tense, you simply add the endings -ía, -ías, -ía, -íamos, -íais, -ían to the infinitive form of the verb.

Crecer in the Subjunctive Mood

The subjunctive mood is used to talk about desires, doubts, wishes, conjectures, and possibilities. The present subjunctive conjugation of ‘crecer’ is:

Person Spanish
I grow Yo crezca
You (informal) grow Tú crezcas
He/She/It grows/You (formal) grow Él/Ella/Usted crezca
We grow Nosotros/Nosotras crezcamos
You (plural, informal) grow Vosotros/Vosotras crezcáis
They grow/You (plural, formal) grow Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes crezcan

As with the present indicative, ‘crecer’ undergoes a stem change in the subjunctive, with the ‘e’ in the stem changing to ‘zc’ for all forms except for the nosotros and vosotros forms.

Common Phrases with ‘Crecer’

  1. Las plantas crecen rápido en primavera: The plants grow fast in spring.
  2. La economía está creciendo: The economy is growing.
  3. Quiero crecer en mi carrera: I want to grow in my career.
  4. Los niños crecen tan rápido: Children grow up so fast.

In conclusion, the verb ‘crecer’ is a regular verb with some stem-changing properties. Regular practice will aid in understanding its conjugation and its application in real-life conversations. Happy learning!

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