Spanish Grammar: Stem-Changing Irregular Verbs – [E] to [I]

Spanish Grammar: Stem-Changing Irregular Verbs - [E] to [I]

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Spanish Grammar: Stem-Changing Irregular Verbs – [E] to [I]
la gramática española: los verbos irregulares con cambios en el raíz – [e]-[i]

  • Indicates action in a sentence.
  • Some verbs change in the root or stem from [e] to [i].


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Remember, that when we are talking about conjugating verbs, there are regular verbs and irregular verbs. All verbs (regular and irregular) have the same endings. But there can be many differences in the root or stem of the verb.

Irregular verbs are verbs that have these changes in the root or stem of the word.

As you may have noticed, some irregular verbs can be grouped together. In these cases the verbs are NOT grouped by meaning or purpose, but rather just in the way that they are spelled.

Irregular verbs with changes in the first-person.

Other groups are gathered by the changes they make in the root or stem.

Stem-changing verbs (e-ie)
Stem-changing verbs (e-i)
Stem-changing verbs (o-ue)

Here are some verbs that change in the root or stem from /e/ to /i/. However, remember that these changes may not occur in all forms!

pedir : to ask

él/ella/usted PIDE
nosotros PEDIMOS
vosotros PEDÍS
ellos/ellas/ustedes PIDEN

repetir : to repeat

él/ella/usted REPITE
nosotros REPETIMOS
vosotros REPETÍS
ellos/ellas/ustedes REPITEN

Here is a list of other common irregular e-ie verbs!
Remember, there are even more that aren’t on the list!

competir : to compete
despedir : to fire
impedir : to impede
: to serve
: to dress


¿Qué pide usted?
What did you ask for?

¿Dónde compiten ellos?
Where do they compete?

¿Quién nos sirve?
Who is serving us?

¿Cómo nos impiden?
How do they impede us?

¿Cuándo despiden los empleos?
When do they fire the employees?

¿Por qué repite él todas las cosas?
Why does he repeat everything?

¿Cuántas personas se visten con los vaqueros?
How many people wear jeans?

¿Con cuál camisa me visto?
Which shirt do I wear?



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