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Spanish Present Tense Stem-Changing Verbs: "e" becomes "ie"

On this page you are going to learn the Present Tense of the following Stem-Changing Verbs:
cerrar, empezar, entender, querer, encender and preferir.

All these verbs have a letter "e" right before the last syllable that changes to "ie" when you conjugate them in present tense.

However not all persons change!

Watch carefully the conjugation tables below, listen to the pronunciation and learn how to conjugate these irregular verbs.

Before learning how to conjugate these verbs, you should know their meaning ...

Here is a quick flashcard activity with examples to discover and memorize the meaning of these commonly used Spanish verbs: (below you'll find verb conjugation, pronunciation and exercises)



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Stem-changing Verbs, "e" becomes "i": Part 1 - Part 2 )

 

Good! Now that you are familiar with the meaning of these verbs in Present tense, listen and memorize the verb conjugation below. Watch carefully how they change:



cerrar
yo cierro
cierras
él cierra
nosotros cerramos
vosotros cerráis
ellos cierran

empezar
yo empiezo
empiezas
él empieza
nosotros empezamos
vosotros empezáis
ellos empiezan

entender
yo entiendo
entiendes
él entiende
nosotros entendemos
vosotros entendéis
ellos entienden

querer
yo quiero
quieres
él quiere
nosotros queremos
vosotros queréis
ellos quieren

encender
yo enciendo
enciendes
él enciende
nosotros encendemos
vosotros encendéis
ellos encienden

preferir
yo prefiero
prefieres
él prefiere
nosotros preferimos
vosotros preferís
ellos prefieren

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1. Exercise - Present tense Stem-Changing verbs (e-ie)

Practice verb conjugation:

entender ---- vosotros
answer
querer ---- nosotros
answer
encender ----
answer
entender ---- yo
answer
cerrar ---- nosotros
answer
preferir ---- nosotros
answer
entender ---- los alumnos (the students)
answer
cerrar ----
answer
empezar ---- los dibujos animados (cartoons)
answer
preferir ---- vosotras
answer
preferir ---- la gente (people)
answer
encender ---- usted
answer
empezar ---- vosotros
answer
encender ---- yo
answer
querer ----
answer
entender ---- ella
answer
querer ---- Carmen y Martha
answer
cerrar ---- vosotros
answer
querer ---- alguien (someone)
answer
preferir ---- yo
answer
entender ----
answer
cerrar ---- el bar
answer
empezar ---- la película (the film)
answer
preferir ----
answer
querer ---- vosotros
answer
cerrar ---- yo
answer
encender ---- nosotros
answer
entender ---- nosotros
answer
empezar ----
answer
empezar ---- yo
answer
cerrar ---- las tiendas (shops)
answer
preferir ---- mis padres (my parents)
answer
encender ---- ustedes
answer
encender ---- vosotros
answer
querer ---- yo
answer
empezar ---- nosotros
answer