Spanish Past Perfect Subjunctive

Welcome to our lesson about the conjugation of verbs in Past Perfect Subjunctive, also called Pluperfect Subjunctive (“Pretérito pluscuamperfecto de subjuntivo”).

1. Conjugation of verbs in Spanish Past Perfect Subjunctive

Our formula to construct the Past Perfect Subjunctive consists of 2 words:

  • The first word is the verb “haber” conjugated in Imperfect Subjunctive for the specific person: “hubiera, hubieras, hubiera, hubiéramos, hubierais, hubieran”.
  • The second word is the Past Participle of the main verb. It’s the same for all persons.

Remember… The Past Participle of a verb is usually formed with the ending “-ADO” for verbs whose infinitive ends in “-AR”, and “-IDO” for verbs ending in “-ER, -IR”). But there are also some Irregular Past Participles. Click here to learn more about the Past Participle and its Irregularities.


Examples

With our formula in mind, here are some examples of verbs fully conjugated in Past Perfect Subjunctive. These particular verbs have a regular Past Participle:

 JugarBeberSentir
yohubiera jugadohubiera bebidohubiera sentido
hubieras jugadohubieras bebidohubieras sentido
élhubiera jugadohubiera bebidohubiera sentido
nosotroshubiéramos jugadohubiéramos bebidohubiéramos sentido
vosotroshubierais jugadohubierais bebidohubierais sentido
elloshubieran jugadohubieran bebido hubieran sentido

And here a couple more verbs conjugated in Past Perfect Subjunctive. In this case, they have an irregular Past Participle:

 HacerVer
yohubiera hechohubiera visto
hubieras hechohubieras visto
élhubiera hechohubiera visto
nosotroshubiéramos hechohubiéramos visto
vosotroshubierais hechohubierais visto
elloshubieran hechohubieran visto

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