Conjugate e > i verbs in El Presente de Subjuntivo (present subjunctive)

Generally, stem changing verbs e > ie and o > ue  in El Presente keep the same irregularity in El Presente de Subjuntivo, this means that there is a vowel change in all forms except the nosotros and vosotros forms.

However e > i verbs are different as they keep the e > i change all the way through their conjugation in El Presente de Subjuntivo.

Have a look at the following table showing some e > i verbs:

  VESTIR
to dress
PEDIR
to ask/order
RR
to laugh
 yo vista

pida

ría

  vistas

pidas

rías

él / ella
usted

vista

pida

ría

nosotros 
nosotras
vistamos

pidamos

riamos

vosotros 
vosotras
vistáis

pidáis

riais

ellos / ellas
ustedes
vistan

pidan

rían

Some other common verbs that follow this rule are:

  • competir = to compete
  • repetir to repeat
  • medir = to measure
  • despedir = to fire
  • reñir = to tell off
  • sonreír to smile

Here are some examples:

No me sorprende que compitas en la final.It doesn't surprise me that you are competing in the final. [referring to tú]

No riñan a los niños tan a menudo.Don't tell the children off so often. [referring to ustedes]

Será necesario que repitamos el examen.We will have to repeat the exam.

Quiero que midáis el largo del vestido.I want you to measure the length of the dress. [referring to vosotros]

Notice how for all these verbs, the vowel -e- from the infinitive becomes -i-  in all the forms.

Listen to these examples :

No me pidáis que vaya allí por favor.Don't ask me to go there please. [referring to vosotros]

Es mejor que pidamos la cuenta ahora.We'd better ask for the bill.

No os riais tanto.Don't laugh so much. [referring to vosotros]

No es aceptable que nos riamos de ellos.It is not acceptable that we laugh at them.

Quiero que os vistáis elegantes.I want you to dress smartly. [referring to vosotros]

Es importante que vistan de forma casual para esta ocasión.It's important that they/you [ustedes] dress casually for this ocasion.

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Examples and resources

Es importante que vistan de forma casual para esta ocasión.It's important that they/you [ustedes] dress casually for this ocasion.
No me sorprende que compitas en la final.It doesn't surprise me that you are competing in the final. [referring to tú]
Será necesario que repitamos el examen.We will have to repeat the exam.
Quiero que midáis el largo del vestido.I want you to measure the length of the dress. [referring to vosotros]
Es mejor que pidamos la cuenta ahora.We'd better ask for the bill.
No os riais tanto.Don't laugh so much. [referring to vosotros]
Voy a trabajar duro antes de que el jefe me despida.I am going to work hard so the boss doesn't fire me.
No riñan a los niños tan a menudo.Don't tell the children off so often. [referring to ustedes]
No me pidáis que vaya allí por favor.Don't ask me to go there please. [referring to vosotros]
No es aceptable que nos riamos de ellos.It is not acceptable that we laugh at them.
Quiero que os vistáis elegantes.I want you to dress smartly. [referring to vosotros]
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