PRETERITE: Stem-Changing: e - i


Stem-changing verbs that end in -ir have a stem-change in the third person of the preterite. The pattern of the change resembles a sandal, so these verbs are also called "sandal" verbs. In this pattern, verbs that are E->IE and E->I in the present tense change E->I in the preterit in the third person:


pedir: to ask for

pedí pedimos
pediste pedisteis
pidió pidieron

Sample verbs:

  1. divertirse
  2. freír
  3. impedir
  4. mentir
  5. repetir
  6. sonreír
  7. sugerir
  8. vestirse
  9. competir
  10. arrepentirse