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Romance Languages Verbs: Conjugations of Want (vouloir / volere / voler / querer / querer)

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English French Italian Catalan Spanish Portuguese
Infinitive: to want vouloir volere voler querer querer
Present: want(s) veux voglio / vò vull quiero quero
  veux vuoi vols quieres queres
  veut vuole vol quiere quer
  voulons vogliamo volem queremos queremos
  voulez volete voleu queréis quereis
  veulent vogliono volen quieren querem
Imperfect: wanted/used to want voulais volevo volia quería queria
  voulais volevi volies querías querias
  voulait voleva volia quería queria
  voulions volevamo volíem queríamos queríamos
  vouliez volevate volíeu queríais queríeis
  voulaient volevano volien querían queriam
Preterite: wanted voulus volli /volsi volguí quise quis
(rare in French or Italian speech) voulus volesti volgueres quisiste quiseste
(alternative Catalan below) voulut volle / volse volgué quiso quis
voulûmes volemmo volguérem quisimos quisemos
voulûtes voleste volguéreu quisisteis quisestes
voulurent vollero / volsero volgueren quisieron quiseram
Future: will want voudrai vorrò voldré querré quererei
voudras vorrai voldràs querrás quererás
voudra vorrà voldrà querrá quererá
voudrons vorremo voldrem querremos quereremos
voudrez vorrete voldreu querréis querereis
voudront vorranno voldran querrán quererão
Conditional: would want voudrais vorrei voldria querría quereria
voudrais vorresti voldries querrías quererias
voudrait vorrebbe voldria querría quereria
voudrions vorremmo voldríem querríamos quereríamos
voudriez vorreste voldríeu querríais quereríeis
voudraient vorrebbero voldrien querrían quereriam
Present Subjunctive: want(s) veuille voglia vulgui quiera queira
veuilles voglia vulguis quieras queiras
veuille voglia vulgui quiera queira
voulions vogliamo vulguem queramos queiramos
vouliez vogliate vulgueu queráis queirais
veuillent vogliano vulguin quieran queiram
Imperfect Subjunctive: wanted voulusse volessi volgués quisiera quisesse
(rare in French speech) voulusses volessi volguessis quisieras quisesses
(alternative Spanish below) voulût volesse volgués quisiera quisesse
  voulussions volessimo volguéssim quisiéramos quiséssemos
  voulussiez voleste volguéssiu quisierais quisésseis
  voulussent volessero volguessin quisieran quisessem
Affirmative Imperative
Singular familiar you veux / veuille vogli vulgues quiere quer
Singular formal you voulez / veuillez voglia vulgui quiera queira
Let's... voulons / veuillons vogliamo vulguem queramos queiramos
Plural familiar you voulez / veuillez vogliate vulgueu quered querei
Plural formal you voulez / veuillez vogliano vulguin quieran queiram
Negative Imperative          
Singular familiar you ne veuille pas non volere no vulguis no quieras não queiras
Singular formal you ne veuillez pas non voglia no vulgui no quiera não queira
Let's not... ne veuillons pas non vogliamo no vulguem no queramos não queiramos
Plural familiar you ne veuillez pas non vogliate no vulgueu no queráis não queirais
Plural formal you ne veuillez pas non vogliano no vulguin no quieran não queiram
Gerund: wanting
Present Participle: wanting
en voulant
volent queriendo querendo
Past Participle: wanted voulu voluto volgut querido querido
Auxiliary verb used in perfect tenses avoir avere haver haber ter


The periphrastic past in Catalan is an alternative to the preterite. It is formed by using anar as an auxiliary verb followed by the infinitive.

vaig voler
vas voler
va voler
vam voler
vau voler
van voler

There is an alternative form of the imperfect subjunctive in Spanish, which is more similar to Portuguese. Simply replace -ra- with -se- for all conjugations:

quisiera / quisiese
quisieras / quisieses
quisiera / quisiese
quisiéramos / quisiésemos
quisierais / quisieseis
quisieran / quisiesen

The future subjunctive is only used in formal or literary Spanish, but it is easy to conjugate since it is nearly identical to the imperfect subjunctive forms. The future subjunctive in Portuguese is very common and the same endings are used for the personal infinitive (see below).

Spanish Portuguese
quisiere quiser
quisieres quiseres
quisiere quiser
quisiéremos quisermos
quisiereis quiserdes
quisieren quiserem

The personal infinitive in Portuguese uses the infinitive as the stem + the endings of the future subjunctive.


There is an alternative form of the past perfect in Portugueuse which only uses one word rather than an auxiliary verb + past participle. These conjugations are quite similar to the imperfect subjunctive conjugations using -ra- in Spanish. However, this simple form is only used in formal or literary Portuguese. (Note that the imperfect subjunctive in Spanish using -ra- can also be used in formal or literary language as an alternative to the compound past perfect.)



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