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144 Spanish irregular verbs – Parte 3

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Spanish irregular verbs – Parte 3






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Hoy es jueves, 17 de julio de 2017


This week we introduced stem-changing verbs and learned how to make the stem-change when we conjugate the verbs.
Today, we’ll learn some finer points, have a little quiz and then I promised you some fun phrases that you wouldn’t be able to say if you didn’t have these verbs.

Remember: With stem-changing verbs the nosotros and vosotros forms do NOT change



¡Empezemos! – Let’s start!


1. Finer points – Los puntos más finos


a. Both tener and venir are irregular in the ‘Yo’ form in addition to being e-ie stem-changing!
Learn them together since they are so similar. Watch the nosotros / vosotros forms, however. Tener is and -er verb and venir is an -ir verb.


yo tengo / yo vengo
tú tienes / vienes

ella tiene / viene

Nosotros tenemos / venimos
Vosotros tenéis / venís

ellas tienen / vienen



b. The verb nevar – to snow

You don’t snow and I don’t snow, but ‘It‘ snows.

This is unique for that reason. You’ll only conjugate it in the 3rd person singular…which means the él/ella/Ud. form.

Nieva. – It snows or It’s snowing.

En Denver, no nieva en el verano. En las montañas, sí, pero no nieva en la ciudad.



c. Find another part of speech that goes with these verbs. For example…


cerradoclosed is the adjective of the verb cerrar

La nieve snow is the noun for the verb nevar

una recomendacióna recommendation is the noun for the verb recomendar

los pensamientos thoughts is the noun for the verb pensar


What verb do these come from?

Querido/a – dear (a way to open a letter)

el comienzo – the start

una preferencia – a preference

la pérdida – the loss



Spanish Irregular verbs quiz


2. Quiz – Selección multiple

Select the correct translation


a. to light or turn on
¿entender? / ¿encender?

b. to boil
¿hervir? / ¿buscar?

c. to get, obtain
¿obtener? / ¿ganar?

d. to lose
¿limpiar? / ¿perder?

e. pensar
to think? / to have?

f. cerrar
to serve? / to close?

g. to querer
to want? / to love?



Select the correct conjugation for the subject

h. I have
¿yo tieno? / ¿yo tengo?

i. we want
¿quieremos? / ¿queremos?

j. they think
¿piensan? / ¿piensen?

k. Do you prefer…?
¿Prieferes? / ¿Prefieres?

l. I’ll obtain
¿yo obtengo? / ¿yo obteno?

m. empezamos
He’ll start? / We’ll start?

n. entiende
I understand? / S/he understands?



3. Ocho frases that you wouldn’t be able to say if you didn’t know these verbs. Congratulations you made it through the week of ‘irregular verbs’!

How silly can I get?


a. ¡Tengo 2 entradas/boletos para ver a Shakira en vivo! – I have 2 tickets to see Shakira live!

b. No entiendo el chiste. – I don´t understand the joke.

c. ¿Qué recomienda Ud? – What do you recommend?

d. ¡Está nevando! – It’s snowing!

e. Te quiero mucho. – I love you so much.

f. Estoy perdido/a. – I’m lost

g. Déjame pensar. -Let me think.

h. Yo perdí mis zapatos. – I lost my shoes.



Action steps: Take the Quiz. Note the phrases and fine points that you want to remember. Leave the rest behind.


Leave me a note. What kind of silliness can you come up with using these verbs? I’d love to hear from you.


Come back tomorrow! – Regresa mañana,