ir – to go

ir – to go, to come, to work (operate correctly); can also translate as to be

voy, vas, va, vamos, vais, van

voy al cine (= voy a+el cine) – I’m going to the cinema

este tren va muy lento – this train is (it goes) very slow

¡ya voy! – I’m coming!

el ascensor no va – the lift isn’t working

also using irse:

me voy a la piscina – I’m going [away] to the swimming pool

Past participle: ido

¿Has ido a Francia? – Have you been to France? ... muchas veces ...

Also (auxiliary):

ir + a + infinitive – going to ...

(see future tenses)

voy a venderlo – I’m going to sell it

can also use past/imperfect tense of ir:

iba a comer paella – I was going to eat paella

iban a escuchar la radio – they were going to listen to the radio

ir + present participle – to go X-ing

fuimos andando – we walked (Lit: we went walking)

(note: ‘present participle’ (as in fue nadando – “He went swimming”) in English is called ‘gerundio’ in Spanish, but this is not the same as English ‘gerund’ which is a verb used as a noun (“Swimming is fun”).

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ir a pie/en tren/en coche – to go on foot/by train/by car

ir de compras – to go shopping

Also (reflexive):

irse – to go away, leave

me voy a la piscina – I’m going to the swimming pool

¡vete! – go away! (Imperative form of irse)



voy, vas, va, vamos, vais, van.


iba, ibas, iba, íbamos, ibais, iban.


fui, fuiste, fue, fuimos, fuisteis, fueron.

Present Subjunctive

vaya, vayas, vaya, vayamos, vayáis, vayan.

Imperfect Subjunctive

fuera, fueras, fuera, fuéramos, fuerais, fueran;

fuese, fueses, fuese, fuésemos, fueseis, fuesen.

Future Subjunctive

fuere, fueres, fuere, fuéremos, fuereis, fueren.


ve (tú), vaya (él/Vd.), vayamos (nos.), id (vos.), vayan (ellos/Vds.).

present participle (gerundio):


ir – to go was last edited on 2019-06-02  
Topic: Spanish