Spanish “Soler” – Learn Meaning and Use of This Verb

Spanish Verb Soler

Spanish verb “Soler” is used to talk about routine, expressing actions that happen regularly, frequently, or often.

With Spanish verb “Soler”, we can talk about habitual actions without the need to use other words such as “normalmente” or “frecuentemente” all the time. It will help us construct more elegant sentences about routine.

In this lesson, we will learn all about the use of “Soler”, going through the following points:

1. Conjugation of verb “Soler”

Here is the conjugation of “soler” in both Present Tense and Imperfect Tense. As we explain below, these are the two most frequent tenses in which “soler” is conjugated:

 Present TenseImperfect tense

2. Use of “Soler” in sentences

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 refers to the action that happens regularly. 

Example Sentences with verb “soler” 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 Sentences with verb “soler” in Imperfect tense

When we are talking about past actions which used to happen frequently, we use “soler” in Imperfect tense:

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.

Notice this!

The Spanish verb “Soler” offers a way to express regularity without having to use words like “normalmente” (= normally), “frecuentemente” (= frequently) or “a menudo” (= often).

So by using “soler”, we can skip those other words and build shorter, more elegant sentences.

For example, the following pairs of sentences have the same meaning:

  • Normalmente ceno aquí.
  • Suelo cenar aquí.
    Both sentences mean “I normally have dinner here”

  • A menudo estudiamos juntos.
  • Solemos estudiar juntos.
    Both sentences mean “We often study together”

3. Practice: A Quiz

Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge about Spanish verb “Soler”:

4. Practice: An Exercise

The following sentences contain the verb “soler”, which you have to conjugate (in your mind or on a piece of paper). The first 4 sentences must be in Present Tense, and the last 3 in Imperfect tense.

After completing the exercise, check the solutions at the end of this post.

Tú ______ (1) venir aquí.
Yo ______ (2) comer en esta pizzería.
Pablo y yo ______ (3) quedar los fines de semana.
Mis amigos ______ (4) jugar al fútbol en este campo.

De pequeños, vosotros ______ (5) contar muchos chistes.
Cuando tenía 15 años, yo no ______ (6) estudiar mucho.
De niño, tú ______ (7) ser un poco antipático, pero ahora eres un encanto 🙂

Solutions to the Exercise: 1 = sueles, 2 = suelo, 3 = solemos, 4 = suelen, 5 = solíais, 6 = solía, 7 = solías