Irregular Spanish Verbs

Irregular Spanish verbs should be learned in groups, that have similar patterns. Fortunately, many highly irregular verbs are very common, and you will have many opportunities to hear and use them.

With children – Spanish irregular verbs should be learned naturally, through games and play.

Ser To be
soy somos
eres sois
es son


Estar To be
estoy estamos
estás estáis
está están

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Ir To go
voy vamos
vas vais
va van



Dar To give
doy damos
das dais

da dan

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Stem Changing Irregular Verbs

The following verbs change the stem, in the present tense, for all forms except nosotros and vosotros.

Jugar To play
juego jugamos
juegas jugáis

juega juegan



Dormir To sleep
duermo dormimos
duermes dormís

duerme duermen



Volver To return
vuelvo volvemos
vuelves volvéis
vuelve vuelven



The following verbs are conjugated the same way. Devolver (to give back), envolver (to wrap or wind up), revolver( to stir). One of my favorite foods is los huevos revueltos (scrambled eggs).

Almorzar To lunch
almuerzo almorzamos
almuerzas almorzáis
almuerza almuerzan



Spanish Irregular Verbs That Add G in Yo form

The following irregular Spanish verbs change the stem, in all forms except nosotros and vosotros. They also add a g to the stem, in the Yo form.

Tener To have
tengo tenemos
tienes tenéis
tiene tienen

These irregular Spanish verbs are conjugated like tener: abstener (to abstain), contener (to contain), detener (to detain), entretener (to distract), mantener (to support), obtener (to obtain), retener (to retain), sostener (to defend).

Venir To come
vengo venimos
vienes venís

viene vienen



Salir To leave
salgo salimos
sales salís

sale salen



Poner To put
pongo ponemos
pones ponéis

pone ponen



Similar verbs: componer (to compose), oponer (to oppose). Traer and oir add the g in the Yo form. Oír also adds y in several forms.

Traer To bring
traigo traemos
traes traéis

trae traen



Oír To hear
oigo oímos
oyes oís

oye oyen



Change C to G in the You Form

Hacer and decir change c to g in the Yo form.Decir changes e to i in all forms except nosotros and vosotros.

Decir To say
digo decimos
dices decís

dice dicen


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Hacer To make or to do
hago hacemos
haces hacéis

hace/td> hacen

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Change Stem to ie

The following verbs change the stem except in the nosotros and vosotros forms.

Pensar To think
pienso pensamos
piensas pensáis

piensa piensan



Cerrar To close
cierro cerramos
cierras cerráis

cierra cierran



Empezar To begin
empiezo empezamos
empiezas empezáis

empieza empiezan



Querer To want
quiero queremos
quieres queréis

quiere quieren



Other Important Irregular Spanish Verbs

Ver To see or watch
veo vemos
ves veos

ve ven

Prever (to preview) is conjugated the same way.

Saber To know
sabemos
sabes sabéis

sabe saben



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