Mastering the 'Volar' Conjugation Chart in Spanish

May 19th, 2023 - Vera

‘Volar,’ which translates to ‘to fly’ in English, is a critical verb in Spanish that is used quite frequently. However, ‘volar’ is an ‘o’ to ‘ue’ stem-changing verb, which means its conjugation can be challenging to learn. This in-depth guide will unravel the conjugation of ‘volar’ in various tenses and moods, aiding your understanding and proficiency in the Spanish language.

Volar in the Present Tense

In the present tense, ‘volar’ undergoes an ‘o’ to ‘ue’ stem change in all forms except ‘nosotros/nosotras’ and ‘vosotros/vosotras’. Here’s the conjugation:

Person Spanish
I fly Yo vuelo
You (informal) fly Tú vuelas
He/She/It flies/You (formal) fly Él/Ella/Usted vuela
We fly Nosotros/Nosotras volamos
You (plural, informal) fly Vosotros/Vosotras voláis
They fly/You (plural, formal) fly Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes vuelan

Volar in the Preterite Tense

In the preterite tense, ‘volar’ is regular. Here’s the conjugation:

Person Spanish
I flew Yo volé
You (informal) flew Tú volaste
He/She/It flew/You (formal) flew Él/Ella/Usted voló
We flew Nosotros/Nosotras volamos
You (plural, informal) flew Vosotros/Vosotras volasteis
They flew/You (plural, formal) flew Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes volaron

Volar in the Imperfect Tense

In the imperfect tense, ‘volar’ does not undergo any stem change:

Person Spanish
I used to fly Yo volaba
You (informal) used to fly Tú volabas
He/She/It used to fly/You (formal) used to fly Él/Ella/Usted volaba
We used to fly Nosotros/Nosotras volábamos
You (plural, informal) used to fly Vosotros/Vosotras volabais
They used to fly/You (plural, formal) used to fly Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes volaban

Volar in the Future Tense

In the future tense, ‘volar’ returns to its regular conjugation:

Person Spanish
I will fly Yo volaré
You (informal) will fly Tú volarás
He/She/It will fly/You (formal) will fly Él/Ella/Usted volará
We will fly Nosotros/Nosotras volaremos
You (plural, informal) will fly Vosotros/Vosotras volaréis
They will fly/You (plural, formal) will fly Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes volarán

Volar in the Conditional Tense

In the conditional tense, ‘volar’ is regular:

Person Spanish
I would fly Yo volaría
You (informal) would fly
  He/She/It would fly/You (formal) would fly Él/Ella/Usted volaría
  We would fly Nosotros/Nosotras volaríamos
  You (plural, informal) would fly Vosotros/Vosotras volaríais
  They would fly/You (plural, formal) would fly Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes volarían

Volar in the Subjunctive Mood

In the present subjunctive, ‘volar’ also undergoes the ‘o’ to ‘ue’ stem change:

Person Spanish
I fly Yo vuele
You (informal) fly Tú vueles
He/She/It flies/You (formal) fly Él/Ella/Usted vuele
We fly Nosotros/Nosotras volemos
You (plural, informal) fly Vosotros/Vosotras voléis
They fly/You (plural, formal) fly Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes vuelen

Common Phrases with Volar

  1. Vuelo a Madrid mañana: I fly to Madrid tomorrow.
  2. Ellos vuelan a casa para Navidad: They fly home for Christmas.
  3. ¿A qué hora vuelas?: What time do you fly?

In conclusion, ‘volar’ is a commonly used verb in Spanish, and understanding its conjugation is crucial. Despite its stem-changing nature, regular practice will make its conjugation second nature. Remember, language learning is a journey, and every step counts. Happy learning!

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