Correr in Spanish: Conjugations, Meanings & Uses

In this short guide, we will cover the following topics for ‘Correr’ in Spanish:

  1. What does ‘Correr’ mean?
  2. ‘Correr’ Conjugations
  3. How to Use ‘Correr’ in Spanish
  4. Expressions & Idioms with ‘Correr’
  5. Synonyms of ‘Correr’ in Spanish

What does ‘Correr’ mean?

Definition – ‘Correr’ means to run,  to rush, or ‘to jog’. Additionally, in Latin America, correr is also commonly used to express that a person was either fired or dismissed from a place.

Here are some of the most common ways to use ‘correr’ in Spanish. Notice that, depending on the context, this verb might have different translations. 

  1. When explaining that someone or something is moving at a fast pace or is running, ‘correr’ means ‘to run’, ‘to rush’ or ‘to elapse’.
  2. When referring to dismissing or firing someone, ‘correr’ is translated as ‘to dismiss’, ‘to fire’ or ‘to kick out’.

‘Correr’ Conjugations 

‘Correr’ is a regular verb in Spanish. This means that you’ll remove the ‘-ER’ from the infinitive form of the verb and add the endings shown below. However, to conjugate correr in the future and conditional tenses, we won’t use a stem. Instead, we’ll just add the appropriate endings to the verb in the infinitive form.


Present tense conjugation

YocorroI run
corresYou run
Él / Ella / UstedcorreHe/She runs
NosotroscorremosWe run
VosotroscorréisYou run
Ustedes / Ellos / EllascorrenThey/You run

Preterite tense conjugation

YocorríI ran
corristeYou ran
Él / Ella / UstedcorrHe/She ran
NosotroscorrimosWe ran
VosotroscorristeisYou ran
Ustedes / Ellos / EllascorrieronThey/You ran

Imperfect tense conjugation 

YocorríaI ran
corríasYou ran
Él / Ella / UstedcorríaHe/She ran
NosotroscorríamosWe ran
VosotroscorríaisYou ran
Ustedes / Ellos / EllascorríanThey/You ran

Future tense conjugation

YocorreréI will run
correrásYou will run
Él / Ella / UstedcorreráHe/She will run
NosotroscorreremosWe will run
VosotroscorreréisYou will run
Ustedes / Ellos / EllascorreránThey/You will run

Conditional tense conjugation

YocorreríaI would run
correríasYou would run
Él / Ella / UstedcorreríaHe/She would run
NosotroscorreríamosWe would run
VosotroscorreríaisYou would run
Ustedes / Ellos / EllascorreríanThey/You would run

Progressive Tenses

graphic explaining how to conjugate correr in progressive tenses in spanish

Lucy está corriendo en el parque. 
Lucy is running in the park. 

Cuando me fui, mis primos estaban corriendo a sus amigos. 
When I left, my cousins were kicking their friends out. 

Perfect Tenses

graphic explaining how to conjugate correr to the perfect tenses in spanish

No he corrido en mucho tiempo. 
I haven’t jogged in a long time.

En una semana, habremos corrido 10 km. 
In one week, we will have run 10 km. 

Correr Subjunctive Conjugations

Present subjunctive conjugation

YocorraTo run
corrasTo run
Él / Ella / UstedcorraTo run
NosotroscorramosTo run
VosotroscorráisTo run
Ustedes / Ellos / EllascorranTo run

Imperfect subjunctive conjugations

Yocorriera / corrieseI ran
corrieras / corriesesYou ran
Él / Ella / Ustedcorriera / corrieseHe/She ran
Nosotroscorriéramos / corriésemosWe ran
Vosotroscorrierais / corrieseisYou ran
Ustedes / Ellos / Ellascorrieran / corriesenThey/You ran

Perfect subjunctive

graphic explaining how to conjugate correr to the perfect subjunctive in spanish

Espero que no hayan corrido a Linda. 
I hope they didn’t fire Linda. 

Si hubiéramos corrido más rápido, habríamos ganado la carrera. 
If you had run faster, we’d have won the race. 


Imperative conjugation

NosotroscorramosLet’s run

[‘Correr’ conjugated] + [preposition] + [complement]

Corre en el jardín, no dentro de la casa.
Run in the garden, not inside the house.

No + [‘correr’ conjugated] + [preposition] + [complement]

No corras en el pasillo, puedes caerte.
Don’t run in the corridor, you may fall down.

How to Use ‘Correr’ in Spanish with Examples

There are two main ways in which we can use ‘correr’ in Spanish:

  1. To say ‘to run’
  2. To talk about kicking out or firing someone

In the sections below, I’ll provide you with a detailed description of how to use correr in Spanish. Make sure to take a close look at the structure and follow the examples so you can create your sentences. 

To say ‘to run’

As the direct translation of ‘to run’, in Spanish, we use correr when expressing that something or someone is jogging or running.  

[Subject] + [‘correr’ conjugated] + [complement]

Gerardo correrá 50 km a la semana.
Gerardo will run 50 km per week.

Esa motocicleta corre a 120 km.
That motorcycle runs at 120 km.

El río corre en paralelo a la carretera.
The river runs parallel to the road.

Mis hermanas y yo corremos todas las mañanas. 
My sisters and I jog every morning. 

Take Note: Besides referring to someone moving at a fast speed, in Spanish, ‘correr’ also expresses that time is passing. In this context, it means ‘to elapse’ or ‘to go by’.

Los días corren y aún no tienes el trabajo listo.
The days are going by and you still don’t have the job ready.

Talking about kicking out or firing someone

‘Correr’ also describes that a person was either fired from their job or that he or she was kicked out of a certain place. With this meaning, ‘correr’ means ‘to fire’, to dismiss’, ‘to expel’ or ‘to kick out’.  

[Direct object pronoun] + [‘correr’ conjugated] + de + [noun]

Lo corrieron de su trabajo porque llegaba tarde.
He was fired from his job because he arrived late.

Te corrí de mi casa porque me insultaste.
I kicked you out of my house because you insulted me.

A mi hermano y a mí nos corrieron de la escuela. 
My brother and I were expelled from school. 

Van a corrernos si continuamos gritando.
They’re going to kick us out if we keep shouting.

Correr Expressions & Idioms

Correr is also used to form some popular idiomatic expressions that can help you communicate your ideas better in Spanish. 

Correr el riesgo: We use this phrase when we talk about a person who may suffer harm knowing that he or she may be affected. ‘Correr el riesgo’ means ‘to run the risk’.

Correr con los gastos: In Spanish, ‘correr con los gastos’ means that a person, business or institution will be covering someone’s expenses. This expression means to pay for’ or ‘to cover expenses’. 

Correr la voz: Translated as ‘to spread the word’, this expression is used when disseminating news or information.

Synonyms of ‘Correr’ in Spanish

Despedir: In Spanish, despedir is a standard term that we use to describe that someone was fired or dismissed from their work. It can be translated as ‘to dismiss’ or ‘to fire’.

Echar: In Castilian Spanish, ‘echar’ can be used to express that a person was dismissed, expelled or kicked out from a certain place. As a synonym of ‘correr de’, echar can be translated as ‘to expel’ or ‘to kick out’. 

Transcurrir: When we want to express that time is elapsing or passing, we can use this verb which is translated as ‘to elapse’ or ‘to pass’.

Escapar: is the direct translation of ‘to escape’. As a result, it can be used instead of ‘correr’ if used to express that someone is running from something or someone. 

Trotar: In Spanish, this verb can be used when we want to say that a person runs at a steady pace. It is translated as ‘to jog’ or ‘to trot’.

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