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Follow Me, Please: A Guide to “Seguir” Conjugation in Spanish

Has someone ever stopped you in the street to ask directions, and you’ve found yourself absolutely unable to tell them which way to go? We’ve all been there, and those situations only get more difficult when you’re trying to help someone in a different language. Try saying the following sentence in Spanish: “Keep going straight for two blocks until you see a coffee shop, then turn right and follow the signs for the museum.”

Did you manage it? No matter how confident you feel, it’s always good to learn something new or brush up on your skills. In this blog post, we’re going to learn the Spanish verb seguir, which you have to use twice in the sentence above! Seguir translates to multiple different verbs in English, including to follow, and to continue/keep going. I promise it’s not as confusing as it sounds once you get into it! This article will give you the most important foundations and building blocks for using the verb. We’ll go over the different meanings of the verb, and explore many different tenses of seguir conjugation so that you can master it all in one place. Once you’re done reading, why not try the custom seguir Cloze Collection at the end of this post to go over what you’ve learned?

What Kind of Verb is Seguir?

Part of what makes seguir a bit complicated is that it is an irregular verb. If you’ve learned with us before, you’ll know that we love irregular verbs. From dormir (to sleep) to oír (to hear), we’re steadily growing our collection of irregular verb guides on this blog. If you’re in the mood to keep reading once you’re done with this post, feel free to check other irregular verbs out by clicking the links!

So, back to seguir. What makes seguir an irregular verb is that it doesn’t follow the traditional rules for Spanish verbs ending in ir, er, or ar. In regular verbs, the stem of the verb doesn’t change no matter how you conjugate it. For example, amar (to love) is a regular verb. When you conjugate it in the first-person present tense, it becomes yo amo (I love). The stem of the verb remains “am”. On the other hand, the first-person present tense of seguir is yo sigo (I follow/ I continue). As you can see, the stem of the verb changes from “segu” to “sig”, making it irregular. Unfortunately, because irregular verbs change so much, you often have to memorize verb tables for all tenses until you know them by heart. Don’t worry too much, though, it’ll become muscle memory with enough practice!

The Different Meanings of Seguir

We mentioned above that seguir can mean both to follow and to continue/keep going. So, how do you distinguish between both meanings? In the case of seguir, you can very reliably tell which meaning is being used based on the context of the rest of the sentence. For example, if your friend says “Seguí a tu cantante preferido en Instagram” (I followed your favorite singer on Instagram), you can immediately tell that seguir means to follow. Conversely, if your family members say “Sigue adelante, todo te va a salir bien” (keep going, everything is going to turn out great), you’ll know that seguir means to continue/keep going.

It can be worrying to feel uncertain about exactly what seguir means in each situation. However, the good thing is the conjugation of the verb remains the same no matter which meaning you’re referring to. Don’t be afraid to lean on context and keep practicing. You’ll be able to parse out different meanings of seguir in no time!

Now, let’s get into seguir conjugation.

Seguir Verbals

I always like to start things off by getting the complicated stuff out of the way so the rest feels easy by comparison. Seguir verbals can be challenging, mainly because verbals are verbs that don’t act like verbs in a sentence. Instead, they act as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. Let’s go over three of seguir’s verbals so you can identify them quickly: el infinitivo (the infinitive), el gerundio (the gerund), and el participio (participle).

Infinitivo (infinitive)

The infinitive of the verb seguir is simply “seguir”. That’s because seguir doesn’t need to be conjugated when it isn’t the active verb in a sentence. Here’s an example:

  • “Estoy cansado, voy a seguir durmiendo” -> “I’m tired, I’m going to keep sleeping”

As you can see, the verb seguir isn’t conjugated, because the active verb here is “ir”.

Gerundio (gerund)

The gerund of the verb seguir is “siguiendo”. You can use it in sentences with a different active verb, to indicate that the action is still ongoing and hasn’t ended yet. For example:

  • “Estoy siguiendo esta serie porque el tema me parece muy interesante” -> “I’m following this series because I find the theme very interesting”. In this case, the active verb is estar (to be), and we use siguiendo because the action isn’t done yet.

Participio (participle)

One more verbal left! The participle of seguir is “seguido”. We use it as a qualifying adjective for a sentence with a different active verb. For example:

Hemos seguido estudiando porque el examen va a ser difícil” -> “We kept studying because the exam is going to be hard”. In this case, the active verb is “haber” (to have).

Great job getting through these! It’ll all feel easier from here on out.

All-Levels Seguir Conjugation

Easy to Follow: Beginner Seguir Conjugation

Let’s start with some beginner conjugation for seguir, so that you can navigate the verb in the present tense (presente), the past perfect (perfecto), the past imperfect (imperfecto), and the future (futuro). These verb tenses should give you a really solid foundation to build the rest on!

Subject Presente (Present)

Follow, Continue”

Perfecto (Perfect)

“Followed, Continued”

Imperfecto (Imperfect)

“was following, was continuing”



“will follow, will continue”

Yo (I) Sigo Seguí Seguía Seguiré
Tú (You)

Vos (Latin America)



Seguiste Seguías Seguirás
El/Ella (He/She/It)

Usted (You, formal)

Sigue Siguió Seguía Seguirá
Nosotros (We) Seguimos Seguimos Seguíamos Seguiremos
Vosotros (You, plural)

Ustedes (Latin America)









Ellos/Ellas (They/Them) Siguen Siguieron Seguían Seguirán

Example Sentences for Beginner Conjugation

  • Present: “¿Julia sigue viviendo en Canadá?” -> “Does Julia still live in Canada?”
  • Perfect: “Te pedí que pararas de hacer ruido, pero seguiste haciéndolo.” -> “I asked you to stop making noise, but you kept doing it.”
  • Imperfect: “Antes seguía a muchos artistas en Instagram, pero ahora solo sigo a mis amigos.” -> “I used to follow a lot of artists on Instagram, but now I only follow my friends.”
  • Future: “No sabemos llegar al hotel. Si no te molesta, te seguiremos a tí.” -> “We don’t know how to get to the hotel. If it doesn’t bother you, we’ll follow you there.”

Keep Up the Pace: Seguir Conjugation for Intermediate Learners

If you feel like you have a good grasp on beginner seguir conjugation, let’s try moving on to something a little bit more challenging: compound verbs. The good thing about these is that the conjugation of seguir is always the same: seguido. What changes is the conjugation of the verb haber (to have) which always precedes the verb we’re looking at in compound tenses. Let’s look at three different compound tenses. El pretérito perfecto compuesto (compound perfect preterite), which deals with the present, pluscuamperfecto (pluperfect) which deals with the past, and futuro compuesto (future perfect) which, as its name indicates, deals with the future.

Subject Pretérito perfecto compuesto

(Compound Perfect Preterite)

“Have followed, have continued”



“Had followed, had continued”

Futuro Compuesto

(Future Perfect)

“Will have followed, will have continued”

Yo (I) He seguido Había seguido Habré seguido
Tu (You)

Vos (Latin America)

Has seguido Habías seguido Habrás seguido
El/Ella (He/She/It)

Usted (You, formal)

Ha seguido Había seguido Habrá seguido
Nosotros (We) Hemos seguido Habíamos seguido Habremos seguido
Vosotros (You, plural)

Ustedes (Latin America)

Habeís seguido

Han seguido

Habíais seguido

Habían seguido

Habréis seguido

Habrán seguido

Ellos/Ellas (Them) Han seguido Habían seguido Habrán seguido

Example Sentences for Intermediate Conjugation

  • Compound Perfect Preterite: “He seguido estudiando porque todavía no estaba listo para el examen” -> “I kept studying because I wasn’t ready for the exam yet”
  • Pluperfect: “Cuando miró su teléfono, se dió cuenta que le habían seguido casi mil personas más.” -> “When he checked his phone, he realized that a thousand more people had followed him.”
  • Future Perfect: “¿Por qué se han perdido los tíos? No sé, habrán seguido a tu abuelo y ya sabes lo mal que lee los mapas.” -> “Why did our uncles get lost? I don’t know, they must have followed your grandfather, and you know how bad he is at reading maps.”

Follow the Leader: Advanced Seguir Conjugation

If you’ve gotten to this point and still want to learn more, that’s great! Let’s look at some advanced conjugation of the subjunctive tense. Subjunctive tenses are used to conjugate verbs in ways that express doubt or uncertainty. For example, you might be trying to say “if I were to follow you”, rather than “I will follow you”. For this, you’d use the subjunctive.

Let’s look at three subjunctive tenses for the verb seguir: el subjuntivo presente (present subjunctive), subjuntivo pretérito imperfecto (subjunctive imperfect preterite), and subjuntivo futuro (future subjunctive).

Subject Present Subjunctive (subjuntivo presente)

“Follow, Continue” (uncertain)

Subjunctive imperfect preterite (subjuntivo pretérito imperfecto)

“Were to have followed, continued”

Future Subjunctive

(Subjuntivo Futuro)

“Were to follow, continue”

Yo (I) Siga Siguiera or Siguiese Siguiere
Tú (You)

Vos (Latin America)

Sigas Siguieras or Siguieses Siguieres
El/Ella (He/She/It)

Usted (Formal)

Siga Siguiera or Siguiese Siguiere
Nosotros (We) Sigamos Siguiéramos or Siguiésemos Siguiéremos
Vosotros (You, plural)

Ustedes (Latin America)



Siguiérais or Siguiéseis

Siguieran or Siguiesen



Ellos/Ellas (Them) Sigan Siguieran or Siguiesen Siguieren

Example Sentences for Advanced Conjugation

  • Present Subjunctive: “Cuando sigáis los consejos de vuestro padre, os daréis cuenta que tiene razón.” -> “When you follow your dad’s advice, you’ll realize that he’s right.”
  • Subjunctive Imperfect Preterite “Si te siguiese en YouTube, me seguirías a mí? -> “If I were to follow you on YouTube, would you follow me back?”
  • Future Subjunctive “Si te siguiere gustando el vestido en tres meses, entonces quédatelo porque yo casi no lo uso.” -> “If you still like the dress in three months, then just keep it because I almost don’t use it.”

Follow If You Can: Conditional Seguir Conjugation

Finally, let’s end the conjugation lesson with some verb tenses that you can benefit from learning no matter what your current level is. Conditional tenses are really useful because they can help add nuance to the tense you’re using, allowing them to be flexible. For example, you might be trying to tell someone that you would continue doing something if certain conditions are met. The conditional is a great way to express that in Spanish. Let’s look at two forms of conditional seguir conjugation: el condicional (conditional) and el condicional perfecto (perfect conditional).

Subject Condicional


“Would follow, continue”

Condicional Perfecto (Perfect Conditional)

“Would have followed, continued”

Yo (I) Seguiría Habría seguido
Tu (You)

Vos (Latin America)



Habrías seguido
El/Ella (He/She/It)

Usted (You, formal)

Seguiría Habría seguido
Nosotros (We) Seguiríamos Habríamos seguido
Vosotros (You, plural)

Ustedes (Latin America)



Habríais seguido

Habrían seguido

Ellos/Ellas (They/Them) Seguirían Habrían seguido

Example Sentences for Conditional Conjugation

  • Conditional: “Crees que seguiría durmiendo si la dejáramos tranquila?” -> “Do you think she’d keep sleeping if we let her be?”
  • Perfect Conditional: “Habría seguido estudiando si no hubiera tenido que ir rápidamente al supermercado, porque iba a cerrar.” -> “I would have kept studying if I didn’t have to quickly go to the supermarket because it was closing.”

Keep Moving Forward: Conclusion

Amazing job getting this far! Seguir is a really complex verb, and if you’ve gotten to the end and are feeling confident, you’re in a really good place with your learning. If you’re up for it, try practicing some seguir conjugation through the Cloze Collection at the end of this post. The collection has been tailored to the content you’ve learned in this specific lesson so that you can put it into practice right away. Speaking of following, you can follow Clozemaster on Twitter and Facebook if you want to get regular updates whenever there’s something new on the blog.

Oh, and, in case you were wondering, the correct translation for the challenge I gave you in the introduction to this post was: “Sigue recto por dos cuadras hasta que veas una cafetería. Luego, gira a la derecha y sigue las señales para el museo.” See you in my next post!

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