Deber Preterite Tense  

Spanish Grammar Preterite Tense Verb Deber - to owe, ought, should

Deber preterite conjugation

Deber means must, should, or ought.
Deber is regular in the preterite.

yo debí I should have
debiste you should have
Ud./él/ella debío you/he/she should have
nosotros/as debimos we should have
vosotros/as debisteis you all should have
Uds./ellos/ellas debieron you all/they should have

Sentences using deber in the preterite tense

Debí pensarlo dos veces.
      I should have thought about it twice.

Tú debiste estudiar todos los libros.
      You should have studied all the books.

Él debió hacerlo.
      He should have done it.

Usted debió haber llamado a la policía

     You should have called the police
      immediately. (formal)

Debimos contener el fuego.
      We should have contained the fire.

No debieron olvidar sus derechos.
      They ought not to have forgotten their rights.

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