Tener Subjunctive Conjugation

Use the chart and examples below to learn how to conjugate tener in the subjunctive tense. To keep it simple, we'll focus on the subjuntivo presente.

Tener: Subjunctive Conjugation Chart

yo tenga
él/ella/Ud. tenga
nosotros tengamos
vosotros tengáis
ellos/ellas/Uds. tengan

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Examples: how to conjugate tener in subjunctive tense

Here are some examples of conjugating tener in subjunctive form:

Yo sé que el consumidor se supone que siempre tenga la razón.

I know that the consumer is always supposed to be right. (lit: has reason)

Y yo te hice esto para que no tengas frío de noche.

And I made you this for you so you won't be/feel cold at night.

Odio que tengamos que meter a alguien en la cárcel por esto.

I hate that we have to put someone in jail for this.


  • Tener is an irregular verb, including in the subjunctive.
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Here's a reminder of what the Spanish personal pronouns mean:

  • yo = I
  • tú = you (informal)
  • él/ella = he/she
  • nosotros/nosotras = we
  • vosotros/vosotras = you (plural, informal, Spain only)
  • ellos/ellas = they
  • Usted = you (singular formal) & ustedes = you (plural formal). These are used much more in Latin America than in Spain - the latter being more informal.

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See how to conjugate tener in other tenses:

Conjugate tener in the preterite

Conjugate tener in the present

Conjugate tener in the imperfect

Conjugate tener in the future