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02 Preterite – IR Stem-changers (e-i)

Hola. Finally there is a video (although a little long) to explain those strange stem-changers in the preterite. Although you might remember that -ar and -er verbs in the preterite don’t stem-change like they do in the present, the -ir verbs have to be weird. This video will explain how (e-ie) and (e-i) -ir verbs work in the preterite. Enjoy!

Notice that servir is actually an (e-i) verb in the present. This was a mistake in the video!

Let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about this video below!


– to prefer
divertirse – to have fun
consentir – to consent
mentir – to lie
sentir – to feel (+ noun)
sentirse – to feel (+ adj)


pedir – to ask (for)
despedirse – to say goodbye
reír(se) – to laugh
repetir – to repeat
seguir – to continue
conseguir – to obtain, get
servir – to serve
vestirse – to dress oneself / to get dressed

la clase de español
– Spanish class
comer – to eat
los tomates – tomatoes
mucho – much, a lot
en – in
las fiestas – parties
la piscina – pool
les – to them, to you all / for them, for you all
su(s) – his/her/their/your(formal)/your (plural)
la atención – attention
diez – ten
los dólares – dollars

Related video(s):

  1. Preterite regular -AR verbs
  2. Preterite -AR verbs: -GAR, -CAR, -ZAR
  3. Preterite regular -ER verbs
  4. Preterite regular -IR verbs
  5. Preterite -IR Stem-changers (o-u)

10 Responses

  1. Could you possibly post the video’s on a download hosting site like megaupload? My school doesn’t allow youtube video’s… =(

  2. You have the best Spanish tutorial in this planet! Your memory hints are always helpful and clever-
    ni yo ni tu. Muchas gracias.

  3. Cuando ha un momento, puede hacer otro video de verbo de haber, el presente y el preterito, por favor.

    Necesito entender el verbo haber y el verbo tener.

    Por ejemplo

    I have been studing spanish for three months. Tengo will not be used but he will be used, why?

  4. According to this video(4:46) “servir” changes from e to ie, but I think it is from e to i.
    Great videos thank you.

  5. It was the most difficult lesson about preterite 🙁 I don’t think i’m gonna learn it at all 🙁 but anyway Thanks it’s still helpful!

  6. Thank you for your excellent videos. I am using them for review and am viewing them in sequence. This, the 113th one, has the most difficult material so far. I’ll have to gather strength before viewing again.

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