Salir Conjugation | How to Conjugate Salir in Spanish

María José Escobar Published on March 28, 2023

In this article, I’ll introduce you to the Spanish verb for going out or leaving: the verb salir. You’ll learn when to use this verb and how to conjugate it in all Spanish tenses. I’ll also give you some example sentences along with each tense to help you practice. Let’s dive right in!

Most of the time we use salir for the English verbs “to go out” or “to leave.” You’ll find that conjugation tables in this article use “leaving” but I included “going out” in the example sentences for more clarity. Salir is a versatile irregular verb. It can help us talk about leaving or passing by a place, or going out with someone.

It’s also helpful when we want to describe how something turns out, getting out of a meeting, or showing up on the media. For example, we say “¡Todo salió bien!” when we want to say “Everything turned out alright!” or “Estoy saliendo con alguien” to say “I am dating someone.”

The table below shows you how to conjugate salir in the infinitive, gerund, and past participle.

salir conjugation table

Here are three example sentences that use the conjugations of salir from the table above:

  • Infinitive: Vamos a salir en la mañana. (We’re going to leave in the morning.)
  • Gerund: Estoy saliendo para el trabajo. (I am leaving for work.)
  • Past Participle: Me alegra que hayas salido de vacaciones. (I’m glad you’ve gone out on vacation.)

You’ve now learned what the verb salir can help us describe and its three main conjugation forms. The table below shows you all the different conjugations for each Spanish verb tense. Click on the one you want to learn to see salir conjugated in that tense:

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How to Conjugate Salir in Indicative Tense

Indicative tenses help us describe things as they are. We mainly use them to talk about objective situations and occasionally to express opinions or thoughts. Note that the indicative mood is the most common in day-to-day Spanish. Here are the tenses that belong to this mood: the present, future, preterite, imperfect, and conditional.

Indicative Present

We use the indicative present to talk about things happening now or in the future. It can also be used to talk about general truths or to ask questions. We typically use it to describe routines, habits, or traditions.

Below is a conjugation chart of salir in the present tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoSalgoI leave 
SalesYou leave
VosSalísYou leave
Él/Ella/UstedSaleHe/She leaves, You leave
NosotrosSalimosWe leave
VosotrosSalísYou leave
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesSalenThey leave, You leave

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

  • Salgo a trotar todos los días. (I go out to run every day.)
  • Ellos salen del trabajo a las 6 p.m. (They leave work at 6 p.m.)
  • Si salimos ya, llegaremos a tiempo. (If we leave now, we’ll arrive on time.)

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Indicative Future

The indicative future is the most common form of the future tense in Spanish. We use it when talking about events that will happen at a certain time. It helps us describe plans or make predictions about the future.

In the following table you can see a conjugation chart of salir in the future tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoSaldréI will leave 
SaldrásYou will leave
VosSaldrásYou will leave
Él/Ella/UstedSaldráHe/She/You will leave
NosotrosSaldremosWe will leave 
VosotrosSaldréisYou will leave
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesSaldríanThey will leave, You will leave

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

  • Saldré a caminar el sábado en la mañana. (I will go out on a walk on Saturday morning.)
  • Saldremos temprano para la cita. (We will leave early for the appointment.)
  • Vosotros saldréis al final de la obra. (You will go out at the end of the play.)

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Indicative Preterite

The indicative preterite is the most common past tense form of salir. We use this tense to describe actions that happened at a specific point in time or that are completed. This is one of the two simple forms of past tense in Spanish.

The table below is a conjugation chart of salir in the indicative preterite tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoSalíI left
Saliste You left
VosSalisteYou left
Él/Ella/UstedSalióHe/She/You left
NosotrosSalimosWe left
VosotrosSalisteisYou left
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesSalieronThey left, You left

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

  • Saliste sin tu celular esta mañana. (You left without your phone this morning.)
  • Ellos salieron hace un rato. (They left a while ago.)
  • Salimos de la casa temprano. (We left the house early.)

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Indicative Imperfect

The indicative imperfect is a simple form of past tense in Spanish. We use it to describe past actions that were ongoing. The literal translation of salir in this tense is “left” but I included “used to leave” below to emphasize that this tense mainly describes habitual actions.

Here’s the conjugation chart of salir in the indicative imperfect tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoSalía I left
SalíasYou left
VosSalíasYou left
Él/Ella/UstedSalíaHe/She/You left
NosotrosSalíamosWe left
VosotrosSalíaisYou left
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesSalíanThey/You left

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

  • Ellos salían en la universidad. (They went out in college/They dated in college.)
  • Siempre salía de la clase de última. (I always left the class last.)
  • Nosotros siempre salíamos tarde. (We always left late.)

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Indicative Conditional

We use the indicative conditional when talking about probabilities or hypothetical situations. It can also help us make polite requests. You’ll frequently see this tense used in conditional sentences along with words like “if” or “when.”

This is how you conjugate salir in indicative conditional tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoSaldríaI would leave 
SaldríasYou would leave 
VosSaldríasYou would leave 
Él/Ella/UstedSaldríaHe/She/You would leave
NosotrosSaldríamosWe would leave 
VosotrosSaldríais You would leave 
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesSaldríanThey would leave, You would leave

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

  • Saldría por un helado pero está lloviendo. (I would go out for an ice cream but it’s raining.)
  • Saldríamos más temprano pero no hemos dormido bien. (We would leave earlier but we haven’t slept well.)
  • Ellos saldrían más tarde si no tuvieran que trabajar. (They would leave later if they didn’t have to work.)

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How to Conjugate Salir in Perfect Tense

Perfect Tenses are made up of a form of the helping verb haber and the past participle conjugation of salir (salido). We use these tenses to describe past events that have an influence on the present. They also help us talk about what will happen in the future. We’ll go over the following tenses: present perfect, future perfect, past perfect, conditional perfect, and preterite perfect.

Present Perfect

The present perfect tense helps us describe actions that have taken place in the past. We also use it to talk about actions completed immediately before the present or ongoing actions.

In the following table you can see salir conjugated in the present perfect tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHe salidoI have left
Has salido You have left
VosHas salidoYou have left
Él/Ella/UstedHa salidoHe/She has left, You have left
NosotrosHemos salido We have left
VosotrosHabéis salido You have left
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHan salido They have left, You have left

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

  • Hemos salido a tomar aire fresco. (We have gone out for fresh air.)
  • Ellos han salido varias veces esta semana. (They have gone out a few times this week.)
  • Habéis salido justo a tiempo. (You have left just on time.)

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Future Perfect

We use the future perfect tense to talk about actions that will be completed before other actions in the future. It also helps us make theories or what might have or could have happened in the past. It’s common to see this verb tense used in conditional sentences.

Below you can see a conjugation chart of salir in the future perfect tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHabré salido I will have left
Habrás salidoYou will have left
VosHabrás salidoYou will have left 
Él/Ella/UstedHabrá salido He/She/You will have left
NosotrosHabremos salidoWe will have left
VosotrosHabréis salido You will have left
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHabrán salido They will have left, You will have left

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

  • En junio habré salido de vacaciones. (In June I will have left on vacation.)
  • Quién sabe si ya habrán salido de la obra. (Who knows if they will have left the play already.)
  • Para cuando el invierno llegue ya habremos salido de viaje. (When winter comes we will have left on a trip.)

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Past Perfect (Pluperfect)

The past perfect tense, also known as pluperfect, helps us describe events that happened before other events in the past. We use it to talk about something that had happened or what someone had done before something else in the past.

Here’s the conjugation chart of salir in past perfect tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHabía salido I had left 
Habías salidoYou had left
VosHabías salido You had left
Él/Ella/UstedHabía salidoHe/She/You had left
NosotrosHabíamos salidoWe had left
VosotrosHabíais salidoYou had left
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHabían salido They had left, You had left

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

  • Yo ya había salido cuando tú llegaste. (I already had left when you arrived.)
  • Pensé que habíais salido con vuestra madre. (I thought you had left with your mom.)
  • Ellos habían salido por víveres antes del huracán. (They had gone out for food before the hurricane.)

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Conditional Perfect

We use the conditional perfect tense to talk about possibilities, probability, opinions, or theories. It helps us describe what the past could have or should have been. We can also use this tense to talk about actions before other actions in the past.

This is how you conjugate salir in the conditional perfect tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHabría salido I would have left 
Habrías salido You would have left 
VosHabrías salidoYou would have left 
Él/Ella/UstedHabría salido He/She/You would have left
NosotrosHabríamos salidoWe would have left 
VosotrosHabríais salido You would have left 
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHabrían salido They would have left, You would have left

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

  • Ya habríamos salido si te hubieras despertado más temprano. (We would have left already if you had woken up earlier.)
  • Pensé que habrías salido cuando yo llegara. (I thought you would have left when I arrived.)
  • Habría salido más temprano de saber que el viaje era tan largo. (I would have left earlier if I had known the trip was that long.)

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Preterite Perfect (Past Anterior)

The preterite perfect tense is used to describe actions that happened before other actions in the past. Even though it’s rarely used in modern Spanish, you may find it in older literature and law-related texts. In its place, we now use the indicative preterite or pluperfect tense.

The table below is a conjugation chart for salir in preterite perfect tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHube salidoI left
Hubiste salidoYou left
VosHubiste salidoYou left
Él/Ella/UstedHubo salidoHe/She/You left
NosotrosHubimos salidoWe left
VosotrosHubisteis salidoYou left
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHubieron salidoThey left, You left

Here are some example sentences showing how to conjugate salir in the preterite perfect tense:

  • Cuando hube salido de la casa me dirigí al trabajo. (When I left the house I went to work.)
  • Ellos hubieron salido primero que nosotros. (They left before us.)
  • Ella hubo salido temprano de la escuela. (She left school early.)

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How to Conjugate Salir in Subjunctive Tense

In Spanish, the subjunctive mood helps us talk about feelings, emotions, opinions, and thoughts. Its tone conveys uncertainty about what is being narrated and it’s usually subjective. The tenses that make up this mood are the present subjunctive, future subjunctive, and imperfect subjunctive.

Present Subjunctive

We use the present subjunctive tense to talk about present and future events. It helps us describe plans, expectations, aspirations, or wishes. This is a frequently used tense in modern Spanish and it’ll come in handy to describe several events.

In the following table you can see how to conjugate salir in the present subjunctive tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoSalgaI leave 
Salgas You leave
VosSalgas You leave
Él/Ella/UstedSalgaHe/She/You leave
NosotrosSalgamosWe leave
VosotrosSalgáis You leave
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesSalganThey leave, You leave

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

  • Es bueno que salgas a caminar de vez en cuando. (It’s good that you leave for a walk from time to time.)
  • Antes de que salgamos debemos hacer check out. (Before we leave we have to check out.)
  • Ojalá que salgáis a conocer el mundo. (I hope you go out to see the world.)

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Future Subjunctive

The future subjunctive is a tense rarely used in spoken Spanish. Its purpose is to describe a possibility or wish for the future. You may occasionally find this tense in old expressions, literature, or legal documents.

This is how you conjugate salir in the future subjunctive tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoSaliereI leave 
SalieresYou leave
VosSalieresYou leave
Él/Ella/UstedSaliereHe/She leaves, You leave
NosotrosSaliéremosWe leave
VosotrosSaliereis You leave
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesSalierenThey leave, You leave

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

  • Quien saliere durante el toque de queda será multado. (Whoever goes out during the curfew will be fined.)
  • Espero que saliéremos a comer este fin de semana. (I hope we go out to eat this weekend.)
  • Esperaré contigo hasta que salieres. (I’ll wait with you until you leave.)

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Imperfect Subjunctive

We mainly use the imperfect subjunctive tense to describe past events. It helps us speak about how the past could have or should have been. It can also help us describe unlikely events or possibilities of the future.

Below you can see a conjugation table of salir in imperfect subjunctive tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoSaliera/ SalieseI left
Salieras/ SaliesesYou left
VosSalieras/ SaliesesYou left
Él/Ella/UstedSaliera/ SalieseHe/She/You left
NosotrosSaliéramos/ SaliésemosWe left
VosotrosSalierais/ SalieseisYou left
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesSalieran/ SaliesenThey left, You left

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

  • Esperamos a que salieseis para organizar todo. (We waited until you left to organize everything.)
  • Me alegró que ella saliera a divertirse. (I’m glad she went out to have fun.)
  • Me gustaría que saliéramos de vacaciones pronto. (I’d like it if we left for vacation soon.)

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How to Conjugate Salir in Perfect Subjunctive Tense

Perfect subjunctive tenses help us talk about past actions that are related to the present or are ongoing. They also help us when speaking about what the future might be. These are compound tenses made up of the helping verb haber and the past participle form of salir (salido). We’ll go over the present perfect subjunctive, future perfect subjunctive, and pluperfect subjunctive.

Present Perfect Subjunctive

We use the present perfect subjunctive when talking about an action that happened before the sentence’s main clause. It also helps us describe events that were completed recently or will be completed soon.

The table below is a verb conjugation chart for salir in this tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHaya salidoI have left
Hayas salido You have left
VosHayas salido You have left
Él/Ella/UstedHaya salido He/She has left, You have left
NosotrosHayamos salidoWe have left
VosotrosHayáis salido You have left
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHayan salidoThey have left, You have left

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

  • No creo que hayan salido todavía. (I don’t think they have left yet.)
  • Esperaremos a que hayan salido para arreglar. (We’ll wait until they have left to clean up.)
  • Descansaremos cuando hayamos salido de vacaciones. (We’ll rest when we have left for vacation.)

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Future Perfect Subjunctive

The future perfect subjunctive helps us describe wishes or a hope that something happens in the future. It also helps us talk about what the past could have or should have been. This tense is rarely used in modern Spanish. You may occasionally find it in older literature or legal documents.

Here’s how you conjugate salir in the future perfect subjunctive tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHubiere salido I have left
Hubieres salido You have left
VosHubieres salidoYou have left
Él/Ella/UstedHubiere salido He/She has left, You have left
NosotrosHubiéremos salidoWe have left
VosotrosHubiereis salido You have left
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHubieren salido They have left, You have left

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

  • Ojalá hubieren salido con suficiente tiempo. (I hope that they have left with enough time.)
  • Es extraño que ella no hubiere salido para su cumpleaños. (It’s weird that she hasn’t gone out for her birthday.)
  • Espero que hubieren salido antes de que la tormenta llegue. (I hope they have left before the storm arrives.)

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Pluperfect Subjunctive

We use the pluperfect subjunctive to talk about wishes or desires. It helps us describe what we would have liked the past to be. We can also use it to describe conditional situations in the past tense.

In the following table you can see how to conjugate salir in pluperfect subjunctive tense:

PronounSalir ConjugationEnglish Meaning
YoHubiera/ Hubiese salidoI had left
Hubieras/ Hubieses salidoYou had left
VosHubieras/ Hubieses salidoYou had left
Él/Ella/UstedHubiera/ Hubiese salidoHe/She/You had left
NosotrosHubiéramos/ Hubiésemos salidoWe had left
VosotrosHubierais/ Hubieseis salidoYou had left
Ellos/Ellas/ UstedesHubieran/ Hubiesen salidoThey had left, You had left

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

  • No estarías enfermo si no hubieras salido con mal clima. (You wouldn’t be sick if you hadn’t gone out in bad weather.)
  • Habría sido mejor si hubiésemos salido más temprano. (It would’ve been better if we had left earlier.)
  • El que hubiera salido de ultimo debió cerrar. (Whoever had left last should have closed.)

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How to Conjugate Salir in the Imperative Tense

Just as in English, the imperative mood helps us give commands, orders, or recommendations. We also use it to give advice or make requests. There are two conjugations for the imperative: the affirmative and the negative. It’s important to note that the verb is conjugated differently depending if it’s affirmative or negative.

Take a look at the table below to see salir conjugated in the imperative tense:

PronounSalir Conjugation (Affirmative)Salir Conjugation (Negative)English Meaning
¡Sal!¡No salgas!(You) Leave!/Don’t leave!
Vos¡Salí!¡No salgás!(You) Leave!/Don’t leave!
Él/Ella/Usted¡Salga!¡No salga!(You) Leave!/Don’t leave!
Nosotros¡Salgamos!¡No salgamos!(Let’s) Leave!/Don’t leave!
Vosotros¡Salid!¡No salgáis!(You) Leave!/Don’t leave!
Ellos/Ellas/ Ustedes¡Salgan!¡No salgan!(You) Leave!/Don’t leave!

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

  • No salgas si está lloviendo. (Don’t go out if it’s raining.)
  • Salgamos ya, se nos hace tarde. (Let’s leave now, it’s getting late)
  • Salid a jugar después de hacer vuestra tarea. (Go out to play after doing your homework).

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Tips for Conjugating Salir Correctly

Conjugating irregular verbs like salir can get tricky at times, but hopefully, these tips will make your learning journey easier!

When you start learning how to conjugate salir, begin by learning the most common verb forms. We typically use indicative tenses the most. They help us describe everyday situations in a simple way. Some actions in the past tense might need to be described with perfect or subjunctive tenses. You’ll find it easier to use these compound tenses as time goes on.

Practice is key when learning to conjugate a new verb. Whether this is your first time learning the conjugations of salir or you’re refreshing your knowledge, try to practice as much as possible. Using the verb to describe common actions or events will help you get used to its different forms and purposes. Here are a couple of common expressions that use the verb salir: “Salir con alguien” which means to date someone or “salir adelante” which means to prosper.

Ways to Practice Conjugating Salir

Salir is one of the most used verbs in Spanish, so learning the conjugations is key. The best way to learn and remember is to practice. Luckily, there are many ways to practice Spanish based on your learning style. For example, a Spanish language app can help you practice in a fun and interactive way. If you prefer in-depth explanations, a Spanish book or online course is a better way to go.

Whichever way you choose to practice, stick with it and don’t give up. Learning Spanish verb conjugations is often one of the most difficult aspects for English speakers to figure out. But with time and practice, you’ll be speaking Spanish like a pro!

Salir Conjugation FAQ

How do you conjugate the verb salir?

To conjugate salir, we can start by choosing whether we want to use its infinitive, gerund, or past participle form. For situations in the past, you might use its past participle. Situations in the present might need the use of its gerund form. Future situations might use the infinitive form.

What is the past tense of salir?

The most common past tense forms of salir are “salí” and “salía.” These are the indicative preterite and the indicative imperfect tense. Most other forms of past tense are compound tenses made of a helping verb and past participle of salir.

What verb is saliendo?

The gerund form of salir is saliendo. We use this form of the verb to indicate an ongoing action. To conjugate saliendo, we use the helping verbs estar or ir before it.

What does the verb salir mean?

The verb salir most often means “to leave” or “to go out.” We can also use it to describe passing by a place or going out with someone. In some cases, we use it to describe how things turn out, how much something costs, or to describe someone’s personality.

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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