Ver

Quick Answer

In general, vermeans to see or to watch in English, but it may have other meanings! Read on to find out more about ver in Spanish.

Ver: So Many Meanings

In general, ver translates as to see or to watch, and it can be used to mean quite a few things. For example, it can be used in the following ways:

• To express the general action of perceiving somebody or something with your eyes.

examples
Fui al centro comercial ayer. - ¿Viste el árbol de Navidad?
I went to the mall yesterday. - Did you see the Christmas tree?

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• To talk about viewing a TV show, a movie, a sporting event, etc.

examples
Vamos a ver una película.
We’re going to see a movie.

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• To express the action of visiting someone or a place.

examples
Vimos a Javier y Rosa el fin de semana pasado.
We saw Javier and Rosa last weekend.

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• To talk about a possible result or ending.

examples
Ya verás lo que pasa.
You'll see what happens.

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• To indicate understanding.

examples
Ya veo a qué te refieres.
I see what you’re talking about.

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  • To express the action of verifying something.
examples
Tengo que ver si la puerta está bien cerrada.
I have to see if the door is locked tight.

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  • To talk about considering something.
examples
En la reunión, veremos las tres propuestas presentadas.
At the meeting, we’ll see the three proposals submitted.

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Verse vs Ver

Verse is used to talk about how someone or something looks.

examples

¡Te ves fantástica!
You look fantastic!

¿Cómo me veo con esta blusa?
How do I look in this shirt?

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Ver vs Mirar

The Spanish verbs ver and mirar can both be used to talk about the act of perceiving something with your eyes. Learn how to distinguish between these easily confused verbs in this article.

Conjugating Ver

Let’s see how to conjugate ver in the present and the preterite.

Ver in the Present

Pronoun(s)ConjugationTranslationNotes
yo
veo
I see
ves
you seeinformal singular you
vos
ves
you seeinformal singular you (in parts of Latin America)
él, ella
ve
he, she sees
usted
ve
you seeformal singular you
nosotros, nosotras
vemos
we see
vosotros, vosotras
veis
you seeinformal plural you (in Spain)
ellos, ellas
ven
they see
ustedes
ven
you seeplural you (in Latin America), formal plural you (in Spain)

Ver in the Preterite

Pronoun(s)ConjugationTranslationNotes
yo
vi
I saw
viste
you sawinformal singular you
vos
viste
you sawinformal singular you (in parts of Latin America)
él, ella
vio
he, she saw
usted
vio
you sawformal singular you
nosotros, nosotras
vimos
we saw
vosotros, vosotras
visteis
you sawinformal plural you (in Spain)
ellos, ellas
vieron
they saw
ustedes
vieron
you sawplural you (in Latin America), formal plural you (in Spain)