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Spanish Preterite Tense conjugation - Stem-Changing Verbs: e to i and o to u

On this page you are going to learn the Preterite Tense of the following Stem-changing Verbs:
dormir, morir, sentir, corregir and preferir.

All these verbs end in "ir" and have a letter "e" right before the last syllable. This letter "e" changes to "i" when you conjugate them. "dormir" and "morir" change the "o" to "u".

However not all persons change!

Watch carefully how they change, listen to the pronunciation and then you will be able to make the exercise at the end of this page.

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



dormir
yo dormí
dormiste
él durmió
nosotros dormimos
vosotros dormisteis
ellos durmieron

morir
yo morí
moriste
él murió
nosotros morimos
vosotros moristeis
ellos murieron

sentir
yo sentí
sentiste
él sintió
nosotros sentimos
vosotros sentisteis
ellos sintieron

corregir
yo corregí
corregiste
él corrigió
nosotros corregimos
vosotros corregisteis
ellos corrigieron

preferir
yo preferí
preferiste
él prefirió
nosotros preferimos
vosotros preferisteis
ellos prefirieron

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1. Exercise - Preterite tense Stem-Changing verbs (e-i o-u)

Do you already know the verbs above? ... Great! Practice verb conjugation:

sentir ---- vosotros
answer
corregir ---- nosotros
answer
morir ---- nosotros
answer
preferir ---- yo
answer
dormir ---- yo
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corregir ----
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dormir ---- los abuelos (grandparents)
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corregir ---- los alumnos (the students)
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morir ----
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preferir ---- ellos
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preferir ----
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dormir ----
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sentir ---- yo
answer
preferir ---- nosotros
answer
morir ---- yo
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preferir ---- vosotros
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sentir ---- ellos
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morir ---- ellos
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morir ---- él
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dormir ---- la chica (the girl)
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corregir ---- el profesor (the teacher)
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dormir ---- vosotros
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preferir ---- la gente (people)
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morir ---- vosotros
answer
corregir ---- yo
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sentir ----
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sentir ---- nosotros
answer
dormir ---- nosotros
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corregir ---- vosotros
answer
sentir ---- él
answer