Present Tense StemChanging Verbs
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Realidades 3
Stem-Changing Verbs
 Remember that in Spanish there are
three groups of stem-changing verbs.
 The stem change occurs in all forms
except the nosotros(as) and
vosotros(as) forms.
Stem-Changing Verbs
 Let´s look at some verbs that have a
stem change of e > ie:
PERDER (e > ie) – to lose
pierdo
perdemos
pierdes
perdéis
pierde
pierden
Stem-Changing Verbs (e > ie)
empezar
querer
preferir
pensar
divertirse
despertarse
sentirse
mentir
cerrar
comenzar
entender
to begin
to want
to prefer
to think, plan
to have fun
to wake up
to feel
to lie
to close
to begin
to understand
Stem-Changing Verbs
 Let´s look at some verbs that have a
stem change of o > ue:
PODER (o > ue) – to be able
to, can
puedo
podemos
puedes
podéis
puede
pueden
Stem-Changing Verbs (o > ue)
jugar (u > ue)
contar
costar
encontrar
recordar
volar
dormir
volver
devolver
acostarse
almorzar
to play
to count, tell a story
to cost
to find, meet
to remember
to fly
to sleep
to return
to return something
to go to bed
to eat lunch
Stem-Changing Verbs
 Let´s look at some verbs that have a
stem change of e > i:
PEDIR (o > ue) – to ask for, to
order
pido
pedimos
pides
pedís
pide
piden
Stem-Changing Verbs (e > i)
servir
repetir
reír
sonreír
seguir
vestirse
to serve
to repeat
to laugh
to smile
to follow, continue
to dress
REÍR (e > i) – to laugh
río
reímos
ríes
reís
ríe
ríen
SONREÍR (e > i) – to smile
sonrío
sonreímos
sonríes
sonreís
sonríe
sonríen
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