The Most Essential Spanish AR Verbs

All Spanish verbs in their infinitive form end in -ar, -er, or -ir. The ending will affect how the verb is conjugated.

-ar verbs are the most common verb type in Spanish, so you’ll encounter them a lot.

To form AR verbs in the present form you remove the -ar and add the following endings depending on who is performing the verb's action.

Conjugate AR Verbs in the Present Tense

Add this ending hablar / to speak
yo -o hablo
-as hablas
él/ella/Ud. -a habla
nosotros -amos hablamos
vosotros -áis habláis
ellos/ellas/Uds. -an hablan

See how to conjugate other tenses.

The top 100 Spanish AR verbs you should know

Here are the 100 most common verbs in Spanish ending in -ar, listed in order of frequency of use. Use them to optimize your learning by starting with the most important verbs.

Click each verb to view the conjugations in different forms and tenses, and for quizzes to test your knowledge.

Irregular verbs are in red

No. Spanish English
1 estar to be (health, location, state)
2 dar to give
3 llegar to arrive, come, reach
4 pasar to pass, to spend (time), to happen
5 quedar to stay, remain
6 hablar to speak
7 llevar to carry, bring
8 dejar to leave, abandon, to let, allow
9 encontrar to find, encounter
10 llamar to call, to name
11 pensar to think
12 tomar to take, drink
13 tratar to treat, handle
14 mirar to watch, look at
15 contar to count, relate, tell
16 empezar to begin, start
17 esperar to wait for, to hope
18 buscar to search for, look for
19 entrar to enter, go in, come in
20 trabajar to work
21 recordar to remember, remind
22 terminar to finish, end
23 comenzar to begin, start, commence
24 sacar to take out, stick out
25 necesitar to need, require