Learn how to conjugate the English verb explain with the below conjugation table. To listen to the audio pronunciation for each conjugation, simply click on the speaker icon next to the conjugated tense. To practice and test yourself on the English verb explain, first add it to your verb list by clicking on the Add to My Verbs button above.

Indicative

Present simple

  • I explain
  • you explain
  • he explains
  • we explain
  • you explain
  • they explain

Past simple

  • I explained
  • you explained
  • he explained
  • we explained
  • you explained
  • they explained

Future

  • I will explain
  • you will explain
  • he will explain
  • we will explain
  • you will explain
  • they will explain

Present continuous

  • I am explaining
  • you are explaining
  • he is explaining
  • we are explaining
  • you are explaining
  • they are explaining

Past continuous

  • I was explaining
  • you were explaining
  • he was explaining
  • we were explaining
  • you were explaining
  • they were explaining

Future continuous

  • I will be explaining
  • you will be explaining
  • he will be explaining
  • we will be explaining
  • you will be explaining
  • they will be explaining

Present perfect

  • I have explained
  • you have explained
  • he has explained
  • we have explained
  • you have explained
  • they have explained

Pluperfect

  • I had explained
  • you had explained
  • he had explained
  • we had explained
  • you had explained
  • they had explained

Future perfect

  • I will have explained
  • you will have explained
  • he will have explained
  • we will have explained
  • you will have explained
  • they will have explained

Present perfect continuous

  • I have been explaining
  • you have been explaining
  • he has been explaining
  • we have been explaining
  • you have been explaining
  • they have been explaining

Pluperfect continuous

  • I had been explaining
  • you had been explaining
  • he had been explaining
  • we had been explaining
  • you had been explaining
  • they had been explaining

Future perfect continuous

  • I will have been explaining
  • you will have been explaining
  • he will have been explaining
  • we will have been explaining
  • you will have been explaining
  • they will have been explaining

Subjunctive

  • I would explain
  • you would explain
  • he would explain
  • we would explain
  • you would explain
  • they would explain

  • I would be explaining
  • you would be explaining
  • he would be explaining
  • we would be explaining
  • you would be explaining
  • they would be explaining

  • I would have explained
  • you would have explained
  • he would have explained
  • we would have explained
  • you would have explained
  • they would have explained

  • I would have been explaining
  • you would have been explaining
  • he would have been explaining
  • we would have been explaining
  • you would have been explaining
  • they would have been explaining

Imperative

Affirmative

  • (you) explain
  • (we) Let's explain
  • (you) explain

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