
This
group of verbs takes a bit of concentration. There are
many irregular forms dealing with the stem changers. These
verbs have a change of E
to I in most present tense
conjugation forms, some preterite forms, and almost all
present subjunctive forms. These verbs will have to be
studied in their conjugated forms in other sections of
this site. Don't think twice about it! Just like you did
when you learned English, once you understand the patterns,
it's easy to get it down! Most important of all is simply
to learn to recognize the stemchangers, and what kind
of stem change occurs.

Click on the various items
in the top row below to hear explanations: 


español

stem
change 
"yo"

subj
stem 
¿pretérito? 
¿futuro? 
inglés












ceñir 
ei


ciñ



to
fit 


comedirse 
ei


comid

3^{rd
}ei 

to
restrain, control oneself, be moderate 


competir 
ei


compit

3^{rd
}ei 

to
compete 


concebir 
ei


concib

3^{rd
}ei 

to
conceive, imagine, think 


conseguir 
ei


consig

3^{rd
}ei 

to
acquire, get, come across, manage 


contradecir 
ei

go

contradig

contradij


to
contradict 


corregir 
ei

jo

corrij

3^{rd
}ei 

to
correct 


decir 
ei

go

dig

dij

dir

to
say, tell 


derretir 
ei


derrit

3^{rd
}ei 

to
melt, liquefy, thaw 


despedir 
ei


despid

3^{rd
}ei 

to
say goodbye, bid adieu, emit, discharge, set forth, dismiss,
give notice 


desteñir 
ei


destiñ



to
fade 


desvestir 
ei


desvist

3^{rd
}ei 

to
undress 


elegir 
ei

jo

elij

3^{rd
}ei 

to
elect, select, choose 


embestir 
ei


embist

3^{rd
}ei 

to
attack 


engreir 
ei

ío

engrí

3^{rd
}ei 

to
spoil, make vain or conceited 


estreñir 
ei


estriñ



to
constipate 


expedir 
ei 

expid

3^{rd
}ei 

to
send, expedite 


freír 
ei

ío

frí

3^{rd
}ei 

to
fry 


gemir 
ei


gim

3^{rd
}ei 

to
moan, groam 


impedir 
ei


impid

3^{rd
}ei 

to
impede 


investir 
ei


invist

3^{rd
}ei 

to
invest, endow, establish (legally) 


maldecir 
ei

go

maldig

maldij


to
curse, cuss 


medir 
ei


mid

3^{rd
}ei 

to
measure 


pedir 
ei


pid

3^{rd
}ei 

to
request, ask for 


perseguir 
ei


persig

3^{rd
}ei 

to
pursue, chase, hunt down, persecute 


predecir 
ei

go

predig

predij


to
predict, foretell, forecast 


proseguir 
ei


prosig

3^{rd
}ei 

to
continue, proceed with 


reelegir 
ei

jo

reelij

3^{rd
}ei 

to
reelect 


reexpedir 
ei


reexpid

3^{rd
}ei 

to
reissue 


regir 
ei

jo

rij

3^{rd
}ei 

to
rule, govern, be in charge of, reign 


reír 
ei

ío

rí

3^{rd
}ei 

to
laugh 


rendir 
ei


rind

3^{rd
}ei 

to
render, conquer, subdue, deliver, give up, fatigue, exhaust,
wear out, yield, bring 


reñir 
ei


riñ



to
quarrel, fight, scold, tell off, reprimand 


repetir 
ei


repit

3^{rd
}ei 

to
repeat 


revestir 
ei


revist

3^{rd
}ei 

to
dress up the walls, decorate 


seguir 
ei


sig

3^{rd
}ei 

to
follow, continue 


servir 
ei


sirv

3^{rd
}ei 

to
serve 


sonreír 
ei

ío

sonrí

3^{rd
}ei 

to
smile 


subseguir 
ei


subsig

3^{rd
}ei 

to
follow next, be subsequent 


teñir 
ei


tiñ



to
dye, color, stain, tinge 


trasgredir 
ei


trasgrid

3^{rd
}ei 

to
transgress, break, violate 


vestir 
ei


vist

3^{rd
}ei 

to
dress, get dressed 


















