Querer Preterite Tense  

Spanish Grammar Preterite Tense Verb Querer - to want

Querer preterite conjugation

The verb querer (conjugation) means "to want" or "to love". The verb is irregular in the preterite tense.

yo quise I wanted
quisiste you wanted
Ud./él/ella quiso you/he/she wanted
nosotros/as quisimos we wanted
vosotros/as quisisteis you all wanted
Uds./ellos/ellas quisieron you all/they wanted

Sentences using querer in the preterite tense

No quise asustarte.
      I didn't want to scare you.

Quisiste abrir la puerta.
      You wanted to open the door.

Pepe no quiso dar declaraciones.
      Pepe did not want to give statements.

Quisimos tomar una Coca Cola.
      We wanted to drink a Coke.

Quisisteis hacer una película.
      You guys wanted to make a movie.

Quisieron ser más transparentes.
      They wanted to be more transparent.

The verb querer changes meaning slightly between the present and preterite tense.

In the present, querer indicates a desire to do something, while in the preterite, action is implied. By using this verb, you are implying that you not only wanted to do something, but that you have either tried to carry out the action or you actively refused to do so No quise... - I didn't want....

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