Conjugate decir and its derivatives in El Presente (present tense): predecir, bendecir, maldecir

Decir (to say/tell) is semi-regular in El Presente. It has regular endings but the stem changes in a number of forms:

yo

digo

dices

él/ella/Ud.

dice

nosotros / nosotras 

decimos

vosotros / vosotras 

decís

ellos/ellas/Uds.

dicen

Here are some examples to look at and listen to:

Yo digo lo que pienso.
I say what I think.

predices el futuro.
You predict the future.

El bendice la mesa antes de cenar todos los días.
He says grace before dinner every day.

Nosotros maldecimos a nuestros enemigos.
We curse our enemies.

Vosotros decís siempre la verdad.
You always tell the truth.

Ellos dicen que no vienen a la reunión.
They say they are not coming to the meeting.

Verbs that follow this pattern are:
  • decir (to say/tell)
  • predecir (to predict)
  • bendecir (to bless)
  • maldecir (to curse)

For more verbs that follow a similar pattern, see: 
Verbos yo -go (presente)

Examples and resources

Vosotros decís siempre la verdad.
You always tell the truth.


Ellos dicen que no vienen a la reunión.
They say they are not coming to the meeting.


Yo digo lo que pienso.
I say what I think.


Nosotros maldecimos a nuestros enemigos.
We curse our enemies.


El bendice la mesa antes de cenar todos los días.
He says grace before dinner every day.


predices el futuro.
You predict the future.


Q&A

Johan

Kwiziq community member

24 February 2019

2 replies

Please point me to the lesson where the construction of say “I always say it what I mean”. In English the “it” is not necessary. Yo Diego “lo” .....

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

24 February 2019

24/02/19

Hola Johan

I imagine you are referring to this sentence in that lesson:

"Yo digo lo que pienso" (I say what I think)

Here you need to see "lo que" as a unit, not just as "lo" individually. Here is the lesson you want:

Using lo que = what, which, that which, the thing that (relative pronouns)

Hope it helps.

Inma

Johan

Kwiziq community member

24 February 2019

24/02/19

Thank you very much for your reply.  Sometimes during the course of study a concept is inadvertently introduced which is outside the acquired knowledge range. Without your assistance I would have spent time unnecessarily banking my head on the wall. Thanks

Sue

Kwiziq community member

2 May 2018

2 replies

What is the difference between 'semi-regular' and 'irregular' when describing changes in verbs

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

2 May 2018

2/05/18

Hola Sue

Semi-regular verbs are those that undergo a "stem change" in some tenses, but they maintain the regular endings. For example: empezar=to start -present tense (yo empiezo, tú empiezas, él empieza...). However totally irregular verbs are those that ungergo a "complete change" both in the stem and the endings. For example: ir=to go -preterite (yo fui, tú fuiste, él fue...).

I hope this made it a bit clearer.

Saludos

Inma

Sue

Kwiziq community member

2 May 2018

2/05/18

Thank you I understand now, people use different terminology in fact the way you've explained is much clearer.
Getting that for you now.