The Past Participle in Spanish

The Past Participle in Spanish («Participio») is a verb form.

The Past Participle has several different uses. For example, we use it in conjunction with the verb «haber» to construct some verb tenses. It also can be used as an adjective.

For each verb, there is only one Past Participle.

In this post, we will go through the following points:

  1. Regular Past Participles
  2. Irregular Past Participles
  3. Quiz about the Past Participle!


1. Regular Past Participles

Most verbs have regular Past Participles. We form the Past Participle by just adding these endings to their stem:

  • Verbs ending in «-ar» —>  –ado
  • Verbs ending in «-er», «-ir»  —> –ido

Here are some examples:

VerbPast Participle
hablarhablado
comercomido
vivirvivido
llamarllamado
leerleído
sentirsentido




2. Irregular Past Participles

Some verbs have an Irregular Past Participle and don’t follow the rule above.

Here’s a list of the most important Irregular Past Participles:

Irregular Participles
hacer → hecho
decir → dicho
ver → visto
escribir → escrito
romper → roto
poner → puesto
volver → vuelto
resolver → resuelto
satisfacer → satisfecho
descubrir → descubierto
morir → muerto


3. Quiz about the Past Participle!

Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge!:

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