Salir in Spanish: Conjugations, Meanings & Uses


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

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

What does ‘Salir’ mean?

In Spanish, ‘salir’ is a verb that conveys the idea of exiting a place and is mainly translated as ‘to leave’, however, depending on the context where it’s being applied, it can have different meanings.

  1. If describing the action of leaving a place, ‘salir’ can be translated as ‘to leave’, ‘to get out’ or ‘to exit’.
  2. When expressing where something originated from, ‘salir’ means ‘to come from’, ‘to originate’ or ‘to arise’.
  3. If applied to social settings, ‘salir’ can be translated as ‘to go out’ or ‘to date’, depending on the situation.
  4. ‘Salir’ means ‘to come out of’, ‘to rise from’ or ‘to escape from’ when talking about getting out of difficult circumstances.
  5. If talking about consequences and outcomes, ‘salir’ is translated as ‘to turn out’ or ‘to go’.
  6. To describe things’ attributes, ‘salir’ can be translated as ‘to turn out to be’.
  7. It can also mean ‘to be in’ or ‘to appear in’ when talking about things and people shown in the media.

‘Salir’ Conjugations

In Spanish, ‘salir’ is an irregular verb. Because of this, the stem will be ‘sal’, ‘salg’ or ‘saldr’  depending on the subject and tense. In the conjugations tables below, I’ll explain to you when you need to use each one of these stems. 

graphic explaining salir stem changes in spanish

Indicative

Present tense conjugation

In the present tense, salir has some irregularities in the first person. So, to conjugate it to the present tense with ‘yo’, you’ll need to use the irregular stem ‘salg.

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoSalgoI leave
SalesYou leave
Él / Ella / UstedSaleHe/She leaves
NosotrosSalimosWe leave
VosotrosSalísYou leave
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasSalenThey/You leave

Preterite tense conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoSalíI left
SalisteYou left
Él / Ella / UstedSalHe/She left
NosotrosSalimosWe left
VosotrosSalisteisYou left
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasSalieronThey/You left

Imperfect tense conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoSalíaI left
SalíasYou left
Él / Ella / UstedSalíaHe/She left
NosotrosSalíamosWe left
VosotrosSalíaisYou left
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasSalíanThey/You left

Future tense conjugation

‘Salir’ in the future tense is an irregular verb. To conjugate it, you’ll need to add the proper endings to the stem saldr.

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoSaldréI will leave
SaldrásYou will leave
Él / Ella / UstedSaldráHe/She will leave
NosotrosSaldremosWe will leave
VosotrosSaldréisYou will leave
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasSaldránThey/You will leave

Conditional tense conjugation

Just like the future tense, ‘salir’ is also irregular in the conditional tense. This means that to conjugate it, you need to use the stem ‘saldr‘.

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoSaldríaI would leave
SaldríasYou would leave
Él / Ella / UstedSaldríaHe/She would leave
NosotrosSaldríamosWe would leave
VosotrosSaldríaisYou would leave
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasSaldríanThey/You would leave

Progressive Tenses

graphic explaining how to conjugate salir to progressive tenses in spanish

Llego en diez minutos, estoy saliendo de mi casa.
I’ll be there in ten minutes, I’m leaving my house.

Felix estuvo saliendo con Sofía durante muchos años.
Felix was dating Sofia for many years.

Perfect Tenses

graphic explaining how to conjugate salir to perfect tenses in spanish

Nunca he salido del país.
I’ve never left the country.

Pensé que ya habían salido.
I thought you had already left.

Salir Subjunctive Conjugations

Present subjunctive conjugation

In the present subjunctive, salir has an irregular conjugation. This means that you’ll use the stem ‘salg for all the subjects. 

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoSalgaTo leave
SalgasTo leave
Él / Ella / UstedSalgaTo leave
NosotrosSalgamosTo leave
VosotrosSalgáisTo leave
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasSalganTo leave

Imperfect subjunctive conjugations

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoSaliera / SalieseI left
Salieras / SaliesesYou left
Él / Ella / UstedSaliera / SalieseHe/She left
NosotrosSaliéramos / SaliésemosWe left
VosotrosSalierais / SalieseisYou left
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasSalieran / SaliesenThey/You left

Perfect subjunctive

graphic explaining how to conjugate salir to subjunctive perfect tenses

Ojalá que todo haya salido bien.
Hopefully, everything went well.

Si no hubieras salido tan tarde, habrías llegado a tiempo.
If you hadn’t left so late, you would have been on time.

Imperative

Imperative conjugation

Remember that in the negative imperative form, you’ll need to follow the present subjunctive conjugation.

PersonConjugationTranslation
SalLeave
NosotrosSalgamosLet’s leave
VosotrosSalidLeave
UstedesSalganLeave

[‘Salir’ imperative] + [complement]

Salgamos a comer el domingo.
Let’s go out for lunch on Sunday.

Por favor, sal de mi casa. 
Please, get out of my house. 

No + [‘salir’ in present subjunctive] + [complement]

No salgas, está lloviendo muy fuerte.
Don’t go out, it’s raining heavily.

Chicas, no salgan a la calle solas. 
Girls, don’t go out to the street alone. 

How to Use ‘Salir’ in Spanish with Examples

There are multiple translations of the verb ‘salir’ in Spanish. Here’s a list of the most common ways to use it:

  1. To describe the action of leaving
  2. Explaining something’s origins
  3. To talk about recreational activities
  4. To talk about overcoming a difficult situation
  5. Describing an outcome
  6. Pointing out characteristics
  7. To talk about things and people in media

To describe the action of leaving

‘Salir’ means ‘to leave’, ‘to go out’, ‘go on’, ‘to get out’ or ‘to exit’. As a result, we use it to describe that something or someone is going outside. ‘Salir’ can also be applied to a virtual context to describe exiting a program or a web browser tab.

[‘Salir’ conjugated]  + [preposition] + [determiner] + [complement]

Salí de la casa sin mi celular.
I left my house without my phone.

¿Cómo salgo de esta página?
How do I get off this website?

El gato salió al jardín.
The cat went out into the garden.

Mis amigos saldrán de viaje la próxima semana. 
My friends will go on a trip next week. 

People often add reflexive pronouns before ‘salir’ to emphasize the action of leaving or going outside. However, since this is done to intensify the sentence, reflexive pronouns will not change the meaning of the sentence.

¡Sálte de mi casa!
Get out of my house!

Mamá, el perro se salió a la calle. 
Mom, the dog got out

Take Note: In many contexts, salir is the direct translation of ‘to leave’. But depending on the situation where it’s being applied, ‘to leave’ can also mean ‘dejar’ or ‘irse’. Although you may assume that they’re synonyms, the truth is that there’s a significant difference between ‘dejar’, ‘salir’ and ‘irse’

Explaining something’s origins

Spanish speakers use the verb ‘salir’ to talk about the source of things. So, when wondering or explaining the way something started or came to be, ‘salir’ means ‘to come from’, ‘to originate’ or ‘to arise’.

[‘Salir’ conjugated] + de + [complement]

¿De dónde salió toda esta basura?
Where did all of this trash come from?

No sé de dónde salió mi inspiración.
I don’t know where my inspiration came from.

Esa frase salió de un meme en redes sociales.
That phrase originated from a meme on social media.

To talk about recreational activities

Another common use of ‘salir’ in Spanish is to describe or refer to the social gatherings or things that people do for fun outside their homes. So, in this context, ‘salir’ can be translated as ‘to go out’.

[‘Salir’ conjugated] + [complement]

Ayer salí con mis amigos.
Yesterday, I went out with my friends.

Mónica y yo saldremos a ver una película.
Monica and I are going out to see a movie.

Mis papás salían a cenar todos los sábados.
My parents went out to have dinner every Saturday. 

Desde que empezó la pandemia, casi no salgo.
Since the pandemic started, I hardly ever go out.

In Spanish, ‘salir’ can also be used as a synonym of ‘to date’.

(Noun) + [‘salir’ conjugated] + [complement]

Ricardo y yo nunca salimos.
Ricardo and I never dated.

Escuché que tu hermana sale con su mejor amigo.
I heard that your sister is dating her best friend.

Cuando salía con Charles todo era más fácil.
When I was dating Charles, everything was easier.

To talk about overcoming a difficult situation

‘Salir’ doesn’t only refer to getting out of a place, but it can also be used to talk about getting out of a situation. In this case, ‘salir’ is mostly used to describe someone overcoming hard circumstances and it can be translated as ‘to come out of’, ‘to escape from’ or ‘to rise from’.

[‘Salir’ conjugated] + de + [complement]

Sé que saldrás de esta.
I know you will come out of this better and stronger.

Mis abuelos salieron de la pobreza con mucho esfuerzo.
My grandparents rose out of poverty with a lot of effort.

Qué bueno que por fin saliste de esa relación tan tóxica.
It’s good that you finally escaped from that toxic relationship.

Describing an outcome

In other contexts, we can use ‘salir’ to explain how things went or the outcome of a certain situation. So, in this type of situation, this verb can be translated as ‘to turn out’, ‘to be okay’ ot ‘to go’.

(Noun) + [‘salir’ conjugated] + [complement]

¿Todo salió bien?
All went well?

No te preocupes, todo saldrá bien. 
Don’t worry, everything is going to be okay.

Las cosas no salieron como esperábamos.
Things didn’t turn out the way we expected.

El evento salió mejor de lo que creímos.
The event went better than we thought.

Pointing out characteristics

‘Salir’ can also be a very useful verb to describe things in an informal way. In this context, the description usually communicates a previous expectation or a surprising outcome. It can be translated as ‘to turn out to be’.

(Noun) + [‘salir’ conjugated] + (adverb) + [adjective]

El pastel que compré salió muy desabrido.
The cake I bought turned out to be very tasteless.

La comida en ese restaurante salió muy barata.
The food in that restaurant turned out to be very cheap.

Espero que el shampoo que me recomendaron salga bueno.
I hope the shampoo they recommended turns out to be good.

Talking about things and people in media

Another use for ‘salir’ is when talking about things and people that show up in movies, television, and other types of media. It can be translated as ‘to be in’ or ‘to appear in’.

(Noun) + [‘salir’ conjugated] + en + [noun]

Ella salió en La Voz.
She was on The Voice.

Mira, es el carro que sale en los anuncios.
Look, it’s the car that appears in the ads.

Jennifer Lawrence sale en Los Juegos del Hambre.
Jennifer Lawrence is in The Hunger Games.

Salir Expressions & Idioms

Here are some popular expressions used by native Spanish speakers that contain the verb ‘salir’.

Salir adelante is an expression especially used in difficult moments. It means ‘to move forward’ or ‘to keep on going’.

Salir con su domingo siete is a Mexican phrase often used with a humorous tone to talk about women getting pregnant before marriage. A rough translation would be ‘to get knocked up’.

Salir al paso is used to describe someone denying or refuting information or rumors. It could be translated as ‘to refute’.

Synonyms of ‘Salir’ in Spanish

Irse is the pronominal form of the verb ‘ir’, which means ‘to leave’ or ‘to go’ .

Partir can be translated as ‘to depart’. It’s used in more formal and literary contexts.

Aparecer is the direct translation of ‘to appear’. It is used to talk about things and people that are on movies and tv.

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