Estar Subjunctive Conjugation

Use the chart and examples below to learn how to conjugate estar in the subjunctive tense. To keep it simple, we'll focus on the subjuntivo presente.

Estar: Subjunctive Conjugation Chart

yo esté
él/ella/Ud. esté
nosotros estemos
vosotros estéis
ellos/ellas/Uds. estén

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Examples: how to conjugate estar in subjunctive tense

Here are some examples of conjugating estar in subjunctive form:

No me importa que estemos desarmados.

I don't care that we are unarmed.

Espero que estéis hambrientos porque tenemos un buffet fabuloso.

I hope that you are hungry as we have a fabulous buffet.

La doctora recomienda que estés en casa todo el día.

The doctor recommends that you stay at home all day.


  • Estar is an irregular verb, making it trickier to learn.
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Here's a reminder of what the Spanish personal pronouns mean:

  • yo = I
  • tú = you (informal)
  • él/ella = he/she
  • nosotros/nosotras = we
  • vosotros/vosotras = you (plural, informal, Spain only)
  • ellos/ellas = they
  • Usted = you (singular formal) & ustedes = you (plural formal). These are used much more in Latin America than in Spain - the latter being more informal.

How to conjugate estar in the subjunctive tense - recommended video:

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See how to conjugate estar in other tenses:

Conjugate estar in the preterite

Conjugate estar in the present

Conjugate estar in the imperfect

Conjugate estar in the future