¡Arriba! 6 + 7 : Irregular Spanish Preterite Verbs, Part I

In an effort to think outside the book, I’ve made a big ole list of the most common irregular preterite (pretérito) verbs. And what would be the fun in keeping them all to myself?

o to ue in the present, o to u in the preterite (3rd person singular and plural)

dormir (to sleep) : durmió, durmieron
morir (to die) : murió, murieron

inexplicable change in the preterite

dar (to give) : di, diste, dio, dimos, disteis, dieron
ir (to go) : fui, fuiste, fue, fuimos, fuisteis, fueron
irse (to go away): me fui, etc.
ser (to be) : fui, fuiste, fue, fuimos, fuisteis, fueron
ver (to see) : vi, viste, vio, vimos, visteis, vieron

vin stem in preterite

venir (to come) : vine, viniste, vino, vinimos, vinisteis, vinieron
convenir (to agree, to convene, to be fitting) : convine, etc.

ac to ic, ue to is change in the preterite

hacer (to do, to make) : hice, hiciste, hizo, hicimos, hicisteis, hicieron
deshacer (to undo, to destroy, to take apart) : deshizo, etc.
satisfacer (to satisfy) : satisfice, satisficiste, satisfizo, etc.
querer (to want, to wish) : quise, quisiste, quiso, quisimos, quisisteis, quisieron

add a j baby

atraer (to attract, to allure, to charm) : atraje, atrajiste, atrajo, atrajimos, atrajisteis, atrajeron
conducir (to lead, to conduct, to drive) : conduje, condujeron, etc.
decir (to say, to tell) : dije, dijiste, dijo, dijimos, dijisteis, dijeron
bendecir (to bless, to consecrate), maldecir (to curse), predecir (to predict, to forecast) : all like decir
inducir (to influence, to persuade, to lead) : induje, indujiste, indujo, indujimos, indujisteis, indujeron
introducir (to introduce), producir (to produce, to cause), reducir (to reduce), traducir (to translate) : all like inducir
trae (to bring) : traje, trajiste, trajo, trajimos, trajisteis, trajeron

I’ll let those sink in before going on. But I will remind you that some of these are “go verbs.”


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