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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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.


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.


Q&A Forum 4 questions, 6 answers

DougC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

continuation

Sorry-

Forgot to include 'dieron' in the translation, but question remains the same.

Asked 10 months ago
SilviaKwiziq team member

No worries Doug, I already replied to your previous question.

Hasta pronto,

Silvia

continuation

Sorry-

Forgot to include 'dieron' in the translation, but question remains the same.

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DougC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Translation re parents and twins

In the sentence:Ellas a luz a unos gemelos preciosos. (They gave birth to beautiful twins),

1) does "ellas" indicate 'several women gave birth to several sets of twins'? 

2) If a married couple had A set of twins, would that be ' ellOs a luz a un gemelo precioso?, Or does 'a luz' literally only refer to the mother who gives birth?

Thanks

Asked 10 months ago
SilviaKwiziq team member

¡Hola Doug!

Here are the answers to your questions:

1) "Ellas" (subject pronoun for female plural) indicates several women giving birth to several sets of twins and

2) "To give birth" only applies to women giving birth, therefore we can never use a male subject in this case.

I hope this helps you to understand better.

Silvia

Translation re parents and twins

In the sentence:Ellas a luz a unos gemelos preciosos. (They gave birth to beautiful twins),

1) does "ellas" indicate 'several women gave birth to several sets of twins'? 

2) If a married couple had A set of twins, would that be ' ellOs a luz a un gemelo precioso?, Or does 'a luz' literally only refer to the mother who gives birth?

Thanks

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AllisonC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

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?
Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team member

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

AllisonC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Gracias!

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?

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SueB1Kwiziq community member

Should this be fueron? Or am I missing something?

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team member

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

SueB1Kwiziq community member
Gracias I've got it.

Should this be fueron? Or am I missing something?

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