The verb “ir”- “to go” in Spanish

The verb “ir”- “to go” in Spanish

Updated June 13, 2023

As you might remember, “ir” – “to go“ is considered an irregular verb as it doesn’t follow the regular patterns for verb conjugations in Spanish. What is more, it is known as one of the most frequently used verbs in this language. Let’s have a look at this peculiar verb “ir”.

Present indicative conjugation

As you already know, present indicative in Spanish is versatile as it can be used not only to mean present and past, but also future actions. Therefore, it is a good idea to master its conjugation forms as follows:


The verb “ ir” -”to go” and places

If you want to say “I go to university”, it is clearly noticed that you add the word “to” after the verb. Something similar happens in Spanish whenever you say “Voy a la universidad ”- “I go to college”. Remember that if the noun that follows is masculine, you combine the two sounds (a + el)  into a single word (al). Have a look at the examples below:

“Nosotros vamos al mercado.”      We go to the market.

“Voy al museo los sábados.”         I go to the museum on Saturdays.

Near future

When we refer to the future in English, we usually say “ I’m going to…” and it is followed by an “infinitive verb”. However, in Spanish the present indicative is used to express near future. In other words, when people refer to things that are going to happen in the coming future.

“Va a estudiar en Londres.”    She’s going to study in London.

“Vamos a viajar a Brasil.”        We are  going to travel to Brazil.

Now that you are able to use this verb “ir” in more meaningful contexts. At Bright Lingua you can learn Spanish in a wide variety of communicative situations.

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