We use the Spanish verb «soler» to express an action that happens regularly / usually / often.
Here is the conjugation of «soler» in both Present Tense and Imperfect Tense. As we explain below, these are the two most typical tenses in which «soler» is conjugated:
|Present Tense||Imperfect tense|
The use of «soler» is very simple: we conjugate «soler» in any tense we want (for example, Present Tense), followed by the infinitive of the verb which indicates the action that happens regularly.
Examples in Present tense
Suelo jugar al tenis con mi tío = I usually / often play tennis with my uncle.
¿Sueles venir a este bar? = Do you usually / often come to this bar?
No solemos quedarnos en casa = We don’t usually stay home.
Examples in Imperfect tense
When we are talking about past actions that used to happen, we use «soler» in Imperfect tense, never in Preterite Tense. That makes sense, since the Imperfect is the tense for regular / frequent actions in the past:
De pequeño, solía venir a este parque = When I was a child, I used to come to this park.
Cuando teníamos 20 años, solíamos comer pasta = When we were 20, we used to eat pasta.
Antes no solías hablar así = You didn’t use to talk like this.