Study tip: learning irregular verbs in the past Posted by Adir on Oct 26, 2009 in Spanish Grammar
Irregular verbs are named that way because they are conjugated in unexpected ways. As a result, they are more difficult to learn and remember. They come in several present, past, and future tenses and there’s no magic way to learn them, but I devised a scheme here that might help you learn some verbs in the past. The verbs are tener (to have), estar (to be), venir (to come), poder (to be able to), poner (to put), querer (to want), saber (to know), caber (to fit), decir (to say) and traer (to bring).
Here’s the deal: I’ll give you the first verb form of tener (to have). See how I separared the root of the past tense and the ending. Now, if you remember just that form, and then add the same personal endings, you will be able to use all forms correctly for this tense
The same happens with these verbs:
Estar = estuv (estuv–e, estuv–iste)
Venir = vin (vin-e, vin-iste, etc.)
Poder = pud (pud-e, pud-iste)
Poner = pus (pus-e, pus-iste)
Querer = quis (quis-e, quis-iste)
Saber = sup (sup-e, sup-iste)
Caber = cup (cup-e, cup-iste)
Decir = dij (dij-e, dij-iste)
Traer = traj (traj-e, traj-iste)
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