Conjugate dar in El Pretérito Indefinido (simple past)

The verb dar (to give) is irregular in El Pretérito Indefinido:

yo

di

diste

él/ella/Ud.

dio

nosotros / nosotras 

dimos

vosotros / vosotras  

disteis

ellos/Uds.

dieron

Here are some examples to look at and listen to:

Yo di una sorpresa a mi hermana.
I gave a surprise to my sister.

diste un buen discurso en la universidad.
You gave a good speech at the university.

Él dio un consejo útil a su amigo.
He gave useful advice to his friend.

Nosotros dimos el libro al profesor.
We gave the book to the teacher.

Vosotros disteis un caramelo al niño.
You all gave a sweet to the child.

Ellas dieron un regalo a sus padres.
They gave a present to their parents.

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Yo di una sorpresa a mi hermana.
I gave a surprise to my sister.


diste un buen discurso en la universidad.
You gave a good speech at the university.


Ellas dieron un regalo a sus padres.
They gave a present to their parents.


Vosotros disteis un caramelo al niño.
You all gave a sweet to the child.


Nosotros dimos el libro al profesor.
We gave the book to the teacher.


Él dio un consejo útil a su amigo.
He gave useful advice to his friend.


Q&A

allison

Kwiziq community member

13 October 2018

2 replies

Using indirect object pronouns with dar

I have been told that it is not redundant, and is in fact necessary, to use the indirect object pronoun even if you specifically mention the recipient. For example, Le di el regalo a Jose. Is this just a Central American thing?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

13 October 2018

13/10/18

Hola Allison

We do need both pronouns in the sentence, indeed, but only when we start the sentence with the pronoun with "a". If we start with "le", it is optional. Take your sentence for example:

Le di el regalo a José. (correct)

Di el regalo a José. (correct)

A José le di el regalo. (correct)

A José di el regalo. (incorrect)

Even in the cases where it is correct to use just one pronoun, we tend to use both.

We have a lesson on "repetition of indirect object pronouns" coming up soon.

I hope this explanation helps.

Saludos

Inma

allison

Kwiziq community member

13 October 2018

13/10/18

Gracias!

Sue

Kwiziq community member

21 May 2018

2 replies

Should this be fueron? Or am I missing something?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

21 May 2018

21/05/18

Hola Sue

I imagine you are referring to this question that is asking to conjugate "dar" in El Pretérito Indefinido, "Ellos ___ un paseo por el parque. (They went for a walk in the park.)".

"To go for a walk" in Spanish can be expressed in two different ways: "dar un paseo" or "ir a dar un paseo". In this case, we chose verb "dar" as it is a lesson about its conjugation.

So this sentence "Ellos ___ un paseo por el parque" would be "Ellos dieron un paseo por el parque" (or "Ellos fueron a dar un paseo por el parque").

I hope this helped.

Inma

Sue

Kwiziq community member

21 May 2018

21/05/18

Gracias I've got it.
Clever stuff underway!