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Welcome to Vol. 39 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Your weekly Spanish learning with mp3s, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more. Since learning verbs is one of the keys to obtaining fluency in Spanish, this week we take a look at some irregular verb patterns. Los verbos iregulares no son tan difíciles! (irregular verbs aren't so difficult!) They just take a little studying and then plenty of practice.

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Algunos Verbos Iregulares - Some Irregular Verbs

While irregular verbs may not follow the normal patterns we find in the present, preterite past , imperfect past, etc. - that doesn't mean there are no patterns at all! In fact once you begin using more and more Spanish verbs, you'll find that even many irregular verbs do follow some patterns like the ones you'll find below. Notice that the verbs below are irregular for every person except "nosotros".

 
e » ie

pensar (to think)

i » ie

sentir (to feel)

e » i

servir (to serve)

yo pienso siento sirvo
piensas sientes sirves
él, ella, Ud. piensa siente sirve
nosotros pensamos sentimos servimos
ellos, Uds. piensan sienten sirven
 
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You'll notice that the verbs below are also not irregular in the "nosotros" form. Notice how "dormir" is irregular in 2 of the past forms.

 

u » ue

jugar (to play)

o » ue

dormir (to sleep)

 
present
preterite
present
preterite
yo juego jugué duermo dormí
juegas jugaste duermes dormiste
él, ella, Ud. juega jugó duerme durmió
nosotros jugamos jugamos dormimos dormimos
ellos, Uds. juegan jugaron duermen durmieron
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Worksheet: Verbos iregulares

Quiz: Spanish irregular verbs


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