Pedir Conjugation | How to Conjugate Pedir in Spanish

María José Escobar Published on March 14, 2023

If you’re learning Spanish, chances are you’ve had to use the verb pedir. It is one of the most useful verbs in everyday use of Spanish. In this article, I’ll introduce you to the verb and show you how to conjugate pedir in all the different tenses. Let’s get started!

Pedir is an especially versatile verb in Spanish. Most of the time, it’s used as the verb “to ask” or “to request.” However, it can also mean “to order” or “to call for.” Think about it as a verb used to ask for something: asking for food at a restaurant, asking someone out, asking for forgiveness, or asking if you can borrow something. For the verb conjugation tables in this article, I used the verb “ask.” However, I included other common meanings conjugated in the same tense in the example sentences.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind about this verb. Note that pedir and preguntar are different verbs. Preguntar means “to ask” and is used to make general questions rather than requests. Also, you might not be surprised to learn that pedir is an irregular Spanish verb. You’ll have to learn its different conjugations rather than a common pattern. However, you’ll soon realize how helpful pedir can be and get the gist of it!

The table below shows you the three most common conjugations of pedir: the infinitive, the gerund, and the past participle.

pedir conjugation table

Here are three example sentences that use the conjugations of the Spanish verb pedir from the table above:

  • Infinitive: Te voy a pedir un favor. (I am going to ask you for a favor.)
  • Gerund: Ellos ya están pidiendo la comida. (They are ordering the food.)
  • Past Participle: Nunca había pedido indicaciones. (I had never asked for indications.)

Now, it’s time to learn pedir in all of the different Spanish verb tenses. Click on the tense you want to learn from the table below to see a conjugation table and example sentences for each tense:

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How to Conjugate Pedir in Indicative Tense

In Spanish, we use the indicative mood most frequently. This mood helps us describe facts, make statements, or talk about plans with certainty. Tenses that belong to this mood are used to describe things objectively. We’ll take a look at the indicative present, future, preterite, imperfect, and conditional tenses.

Indicative Present

The indicative present tense is the most common verb tense of pedir. It helps us describe actions that happen in the present or near future. We can use it with any time marker, which makes this quite a versatile verb form.

Below you can see a conjugation chart for the indicative present tense of pedir:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoPido I ask
PidesYou ask
VosPedísYou ask
Él/Ella/UstedPideHe/She asks, You ask
NosotrosPedimosWe ask
VosotrosPedísYou ask
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesPidenThey ask, You ask

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the indicative present tense:

  • Siempre pido lo mismo en este retaurante. (I always order the same thing in this restaurant.)
  • Siéntate en mi silla mientras pedimos sillas adicionales. (Sit in my chair while we ask for additional chairs.)
  • Haremos la fila mientras vosotros pedís la comida. (We’ll be in line while you order the food.)

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Indicative Future

We use the indicative future to talk about what will most likely happen in the future. It helps us make plans, talk about intentions, or make predictions. This is a frequent form of the future tense in Spanish.

The following is a conjugation chart for pedir in the indicative future tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoPediréI will ask 
PedirásYou will ask 
VosPedirásYou will ask 
Él/Ella/UstedPediráHe/She/You will ask 
NosotrosPediremosWe will ask
VosotrosPediréisYou will ask 
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesPediránThey will ask, You will ask

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the indicative future tense:

  • Pediremos una pizza extra grande. (We’ll order one extra large pizza.)
  • Ellos pedirán más tiempo para entregar el proyecto. (They will ask for more time to turn in the project.)
  • Pediré una habitación silenciosa. (I’ll request a quiet room.)

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Indicative Preterite

The indicative preterite is one of the two simple forms of the past tense in Spanish and the one we use more frequently. It helps us talk about actions that were completed in the past. We typically use it along with a time marker indicating when the action happened.

Here’s a conjugation chart for the verb pedir in the indicative preterite tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoPedíI asked
PedisteYou asked
VosPedisteYou asked
Él/Ella/UstedPidióHe/She/You asked
NosotrosPedimosWe asked
VosotrosPedisteisYou asked
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesPidieronThey asked, You asked

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the indicative preterite tense:

  • Lo pedí para llevar. (I ordered it to go.)
  • Ella me pidió el carro esta noche. (She asked for the car tonight.)
  • Pedimos prestado el equipo de golf. (We asked to borrow the golf equipment.)

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Indicative Imperfect

The indicative imperfect tense is the second of two simple forms of past tense in Spanish. It helps us describe past actions that were recurrent. We use it when talking about habits, traditions, or routines.

Take a look below to see a conjugation chart of pedir in the indicative imperfect:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoPedíaI asked
PedíasYou asked
VosPedíasYou asked
Él/Ella/UstedPedíaHe/She/You asked
NosotrosPedíamosWe asked
VosotrosPedíaisYou asked
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesPedíanThey asked, You asked

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the imperfect tense:

  • Pedíamos juguetes cada Navidad. (We asked for toys every Christmas.)
  • Ellos siempre pedían pizza de pepperoni. (They always ordered pepperoni pizza.)
  • Siempre le pedía ayuda a mi hermano con la tarea. (I always asked my brother for help with my homework.)

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Indicative Conditional

We use the indicative conditional tense to talk about future events that depend on something else happening first. It helps us make plans or theories about something that hasn’t happened yet. It’s quite usual to see this tense used in sentences along with the conjunctions “if” or “when.”

In the following table, you can see pedir conjugated in the indicative conditional tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoPediríaI would ask
PediríasYou would ask
VosPediríasYou would ask
Él/Ella/UstedPediríaHe/She/You would ask
NosotrosPediríamosWe would ask
VosotrosPediríaisYou would ask
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesPediríanThey would ask, You would ask

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the indicative conditional tense:

  • Si estuviera en París pediría un auténtico croissant. (If I was in Paris I would order an authentic croissant.)
  • Creo que ellos pedirían que viéramos una película si estuvieran aquí. (I think they would ask for us to watch a movie if they were here.)
  • Creo que sé qué sabor de helado pedirías. (I think I know what ice cream flavor you would order.)

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How to Conjugate Pedir in Perfect Tense

Perfect tenses help us describe past actions that were completed recently or actions that will be completed in the future. You’ll be able to identify them because they are compound tenses. They are made up of the helping verb haber and the past participle of pedir (pedido). Perfect tenses include the present perfect, future perfect, past perfect, conditional perfect, and preterite perfect tenses.

Present Perfect

We use the present perfect when talking about past events that happened immediately before the present. It also helps us describe past actions that are ongoing or have an influence at the moment.

Below you can see how to conjugate pedir in the present perfect tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHe pedidoI have asked
Has pedidoYou have asked
VosHas pedidoYou have asked
Él/Ella/UstedHa pedidoHe/She has asked, You have asked
NosotrosHemos pedidoWe have asked
VosotrosHabéis pedidoYou have asked
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHan pedidoThey have asked, You have asked

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the present perfect tense:

  • Le hemos pedido a la abuela que los cuide esta noche. (We’ve asked grandma to take care of you tonight.)
  • Veo que habéis pedido un cambio de habitación. (I see you have requested a room change.)
  • He pedido un recorrido por los jardines. (I have asked for a tour through the gardens.)

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Future Perfect

The future perfect most often helps us make projections or plans. We use it to talk about how something might be forthcoming. It can also help us make questions or conjectures about something that happened in the past.

The following is a verb conjunction chart for pedir in the future perfect tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHabré pedidoI will have asked
Habrás pedidoYou will have asked
VosHabrás pedidoYou will have asked
Él/Ella/UstedHabrá pedidoHe/She/You will have asked
NosotrosHabremos pedidoWe will have asked
VosotrosHabréis pedidoYou will have asked
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHabrán pedidoThey will have asked, You will have asked

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the future perfect tense:

  • Supongo que ellos ya habrán pedido la comida. (I suppose that they will have ordered the food already.)
  • Para noviembre ya habremos pedido todos los regalos de Navidad. (By November we will have ordered all of the Christmas gifts.)
  • Para el otro año le habré pedido ese favor a mi papá. (By next year I will have asked my dad for that favor.)

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Past Perect (Pluperfect)

We use the past perfect, or pluperfect, tense to describe actions that happened before other actions in the past. It can also help us make hypotheses about how the past could have or should have been. It’s not rare to see this tense used in conditional sentences.

Here’s how to conjugate the verb pedir in the past perfect tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHabía pedidoI had asked
Habías pedidoYou had asked
VosHabías pedidoYou had asked
Él/Ella/UstedHabía pedidoHe/She/You had asked
NosotrosHabíamos pedidoWe had asked
VosotrosHabíais pedidoYou had asked
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHabían pedidoThey had asked, You had asked

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the past perfect tense:

  • Habíamos pedido la comida antes de que llegaran. (We had ordered the food before you got here.)
  • Pensé que ya habías pedido ayuda. (I thought you had already asked for help.)
  • Supusimos que habíais pedido la cena. (We supposed that you had ordered dinner.)

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Conditional Perfect

We use the conditional perfect tense to talk about past events that could have happened but didn’t. We use it to describe impossible or unreal situations. It can also help us ask rhetorical questions about the past.

Take a look at the table below to see a verb conjugation chart of pedir in the conditional perfect tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHabría pedidoI would have asked
Habrías pedidoYou would have asked
VosHabrías pedidoYou would have asked
Él/Ella/UstedHabría pedidoHe/She/You would have asked
NosotrosHabríamos pedidoWe would have asked
VosotrosHabríais pedidoYou would have asked
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHabrían pedidoThey would have asked, You would have asked

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the conditional perfect tense:

  • ¿Nos habrías pedido el favor? (Would you have asked us for a favor?)
  • Ellos habrían pedido lo mismo que siempre ordenan. (They would have asked for the same thing they always order.)
  • Asumí que habríais pedido ayuda. (I assumed you would have asked for help.)

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Preterite Perfect (Past Anterior)

The preterite perfect, or past anterior, is a tense rarely used in modern Spanish. Its purpose is to describe an action that happened immediately before another action in the past. You might come across it in older literature or legal documents.

In the following table you can see the verb conjugations of pedir in the preterite perfect tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHube pedidoI asked
Hubiste pedidoYou asked
VosHubiste pedidoYou asked
Él/Ella/UstedHubo pedidoHe/She/You asked
NosotrosHubimos pedidoWe asked
VosotrosHubisteis pedidoYou asked
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHubieron pedidoThey asked, You asked

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the past anterior tense:

  • Después de que hubimos pedido la cuenta, nos fuimos a casa. (After we asked for the check, we went home.)
  • Él hubo pedido lo mismo de siempre. (He ordered the same as always.)
  • Hubimos pedido una habitación más grande. (We requested a bigger room.)

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How to Conjugate Pedir in Subjunctive Tense

In Spanish, the subjunctive mood helps us talk about feelings, emotions, thoughts, or desires. We use it to talk about subjective ideas like possibilities or theories. We’ll go over the present subjunctive, future subjunctive, and imperfect subjunctive.

Present Subjunctive

We use the present subjunctive tense to talk about present or future situations that are not certain. It is a fairly common tense and we typically use it to describe plans, aspirations, or wishes. It’s common to see this tense used in conditional sentences.

The table below is a chart for the conjugations of pedir in the present subjunctive tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoPidaI ask
PidasYou ask 
VosPidasYou ask
Él/Ella/UstedPidaHe/She asks, You ask
NosotrosPidamosWe ask
VosotrosPidáisYou ask
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesPidanThey ask, You ask

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the present subjunctive tense:

  • Cuando pidamos la cuenta la dividiremos entre nosotros. (When we ask for the check we’ll split it among us.)
  • Espero que pidáis una segunda opinión del proyecto. (I hope you ask for a second opinion on the project.)
  • Ojalá pidan sus regalos de Navidad pronto. (I hope they ask for their Christmas gifts soon.)

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Future Subjunctive

The future subjunctive can describe both present and future events. It can be used to talk about possibilities or hypotheses. You’ll rarely come across this tense in modern Spanish since it is mostly used in literature or law-related documents. We now use the present subjunctive in its place.

Here’s a Spanish verb conjugation chart of pedir in the future subjunctive tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoPidiereI ask
PidieresYou ask
VosPidieresYou ask
Él/Ella/UstedPidereHe/She asks, You ask
NosotrosPidiéremosWe ask
VosotrosPidiereisYou ask
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesPidierenThey ask, You ask

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the future subjunctive tense:

  • Quien lo pidiere primero se quedará con él. (Whoever asks for it first will keep it.)
  • Ella me dijo que pidiéremos primero. (She said that we order first.)
  • Es importante que pidieren toda la información. (It’s important that you request all of the information.)

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Imperfect Subjunctive

Similar to the present subjunctive, the imperfect subjunctive helps us talk about uncertain events, except that this is a form of past tense. You’ll notice that there are two conjugation forms for this tense that end in -era and -ese. Both of them mean exactly the same, except the first is typically used in Latin American countries and the second in Spain.

Take a look at the table below to see the imperfect subjunctive conjugation chart of pedir:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoPidiera/ PidieseI asked
Pidieras/ PidiesesYou asked
VosPidieras/ PidiesesYou asked
Él/Ella/UstedPidiera/ PidieseHe/She/You asked
NosotrosPidiéramos/ PidiésemosWe asked
VosotrosPidierais/ PidieseisYou asked
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesPidiera/ PidiesenThey asked, You asked

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the imperfect subjunctive tense:

  • Si pidiesen los regalos a tiempo no estarían de afán. (If you ordered the gifts on time you wouldn’t be in a rush.)
  • Me hubiera gustado que pidiéramos postre. (I would have liked it if we ordered dessert.)
  • Si pidiera todo lo que quiero, la lista nunca terminaría. (If I asked for everything I want, the list would never end.)

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How to Conjugate Pedir in Perfect Subjunctive Tense

Perfect subjunctive tenses are compound tenses. They are made up of a helping verb (haber) and the past participle of pedir (pedido). They help us describe past situations that have an influence on the present or future situations that are uncertain. We’ll cover the following perfect subjunctive tenses: present perfect subjunctive, future perfect subjunctive, and pluperfect subjunctive.

Present Perfect Subjunctive

We use the present perfect subjunctive tense to describe past situations that are ongoing or have an influence on the present. It also helps us talk about events that happen before the sentence’s main clause, either in the past or the future.

In the table below you can see the Spanish verb pedir conjugated in the present perfect subjunctive tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHaya pedidoI have asked
Hayas pedidoYou have asked
VosHayas pedidoYou have asked
Él/Ella/UstedHaya pedidoHe/She has asked, You have asked
NosotrosHayamos pedidoWe have asked
VosotrosHayáis pedidoYou have asked
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHayan pedidoThey have asked, You have asked

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the present perfect subjunctive tense:

  • Espero que hayan pedido suficiente pizza. (I hope that they have ordered enough pizza.)
  • Una vez lo hayamos pedido, se demorará una semana en llegar. (Once we have ordered it, it’ll take a week to arrive.)
  • Me alegra que nos hayáis pedido el favor. (I’m glad you’ve asked us for the favor.)

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Future Perfect Subjunctive

The future perfect subjunctive is rarely used in modern Spanish. You may occasionally find it in older academic or legal texts. It is used to describe actions that will be completed at a certain point in the future.

Below you can see the Spanish verb conjugation of pedir in the future perfect subjunctive tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHubiere pedidoI have asked
Hubieres pedidoYou have asked
VosHubieres pedidoYou have asked
Él/Ella/UstedHubiere pedidoHe/She has asked, You have asked
NosotrosHubiéremos pedidoWe have asked
VosotrosHubiereis pedidoYou have asked
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHubieren pedidoThey have asked, You have asked

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the future perfect subjunctive tense:

  • Asegúrate de que no hubieren pedido la comida aún. (Make sure they haven’t ordered the food yet.)
  • Espero que ella hubiere pedido ayuda a tiempo. (I hope she has asked for help on time.)
  • No recuerdo que él hubiere pedido un favor nunca. (I don’t recall that he has asked for a favor ever.)

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Pluperfect Subjunctive

We use the pluperfect subjunctive to express wishes about what the past could have or should have been. It also helps us talk about actions that happened before other actions in the past. It’s common to see this tense used in conditional sentences.

Here’s how you conjugate pedir in the pluperfect subjunctive tense:

PronounPedir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHubiera/ Hubiese pedidoI had asked
Hubieras/ Hubieses pedidoYou had asked
VosHubieras/ Hubieses pedidoYou had asked
Él/Ella/UstedHubiera/ Hubiese pedidoHe/She/You had asked
NosotrosHubiéramos/ Hubiésemos pedidoWe had asked
VosotrosHubierais/ Hubieseis pedidoYou had asked
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHubieran/ Hubiesen pedidoThey had asked, You had asked

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the pluperfect subjunctive tense:

  • Si me hubieras pedido el favor, te habría ayudado. (If you had asked me for a favor, I would have helped you.)
  • Me hubiera ido si me lo hubieran pedido. (I would have left if you had requested me to.)
  • Te hubiera pedido perdón de todas formas. (I would have asked for forgiveness anyway/I would have apologized anyway.)

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How to Conjugate Pedir in the Imperative Tense

The final mood in Spanish is the imperative. It helps us make requests, give commands, or give advice. When asking someone do to something, we use the conjugated form of pedir alone. To ask someone not to do something, we use “no” before the negative conjugation of pedir.

The table below shows you how to conjugate pedir in imperative tense:

PronounPedir Conjugation (Affirmative)Pedir Conjugation (Negative)English Meaning
¡Pide!¡No pidas!Ask/Don’t Ask!
Vos¡Pedí!¡No pidás!Ask/Don’t Ask!
Él/Ella/Usted¡Pida!¡No pida!Ask/Don’t Ask!
Nosotros¡Pidamos!¡No pidamos!Ask/Don’t Ask!
Vosotros¡Pidáis!¡No pidáis!Ask/Don’t Ask!
Ellos/Ellas/ Ustedes¡Pidan!¡No pidan!Ask/Don’t Ask!

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate pedir in the imperative tense:

  • Pide un vaso de agua, por favor. (Ask for a glass of water, please.)
  • Pidan lo que quieran. (Order whatever you want.)
  • No pidamos una pizza grande, somos pocos. (Let’s not order a large pizza, we’re a few.)

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Tips for Conjugating Pedir Correctly

Conjugating irregular verbs can be a challenge, especially when they are as versatile as the verb pedir. Here are a few tips to help you conjugate this verb correctly.

Try to start simple. Begin by learning the indicative and perfect tenses, which will help you express most of your ideas. You’ll eventually be able to understand and use more complex tenses. Here are some common expressions that you can use to practice: “pedir permiso” means to ask for permission or “pedir un deseo” which means to “make a wish.”

Irregular Spanish verbs are all about understanding the context. In the beginning, you might have to memorize conjugation charts and go back to them often, and that’s okay! However, if you pay close attention to the context in which the verb pedir is used, you’ll notice that it’ll be easier to conjugate it without help.

Ways to Practice Conjugating Pedir

Spanish verb conjugations are difficult. Pedir is a frequently used verb, so it’s necessary to learn how to use it. The best way to learn and remember is to practice. Luckily, there are many ways to practice Spanish. One of the most common ways is to use a Spanish language app. They are interactive and can help you learn vocabulary and basic grammar quickly. But if you want more explanation, a self-study book or an online course is a better choice.

However you like to learn, it’s important to dedicate the time and effort to master the material. Learning Spanish verb conjugations is often one of the most difficult aspects for English speakers to figure out. But with dedication and practice, you’ll know the verb pedir in no time!

Pedir Conjugation FAQ

How do you conjugate the verb pedir?

To conjugate the verb pedir, we can start by deciding whether we want to talk about the past, present, or future. To express past actions, we might use its past participle form. We’ll likely use its gerund form to talk about present actions. To describe future actions, we’ll probably use its infinitive form.

What is the past tense of pedir?

The most common past tense forms of pedir are “pedí” or “pedía.” These are the indicative preterite tense and the indicative imperfect tense, respectively.

What verb is pidiendo?

The gerund conjugation of pedir is pidiendo. We use it to describe ongoing actions in the present. For instance, to say “I am ordering an ice cream” you’d say “Estoy pidiendo un helado.”

What does the verb pedir mean?

The verb pedir most nearly means “to ask for” to “to request.” Other common meanings for this verb are to order, to call for, to borrow, or to make. We use it in situations where we need to ask for something specific rather than asking a general question.

María José Escobar

Maria is a Business Engineering student from Colombia who is passionate about learning. She loves traveling the world and connecting with different cultures. Her dream is to be a world citizen and help others learn about the things she loves, including Spanish, her native language, and her culture. Connect with Maria on LinkedIn.

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