Irregular Verbs in Spanish

Other verbs that are very common in Spanish might have slightly different endings, or gerunds. The importance is to get the sound correct when talking. After using these only a few times, you'll start hearing other Spanish speakers using the irregular verbs. They will begin to sound 'regular'.

Notice how the verb stem changes from 'e' to 'i' and 'o' to 'u'.

Verb: Progressive Form: Meaning:  
Decir diciendo saying or telling
Ir yendo going
Pedir pidiendo asking
Venir viniendo coming
Dormir durmiendo sleeping
EXERCISE: YOUR TURN!

Turn the following English phrases into Spanish ones using the present progressive. A couple of words might require taking a look into a dictionary.

  1. I am writing a letter.
  2. He is coming to the house.
  3. We are going to the United States.
  4. She is talking.
  5. You [formal] are telling a story.
  6. You [infomral] are reading a book.
Answers:
  1. Estoy escribiendo una carta.
  2. El esta viniendo a la casa.
  3. Estamos yendo a los Estados Unidos.
  4. Ella esta hablando.
  5. Ud. esta diciendo una historia.

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