Conjugate irregular verbs ending in -zar in el Pretérito Indefinido (simple past)

Verbs ending in-zar like: organizar (to organise), analizar (to analyse), cazar (to hunt) are irregular in El Pretérito Indefinido because the spelling changes for pronunciation reasons in the first person singular (yo).

yo organicé
organizaste
él / ella / Ud. organizó
nosotros / nosotras  organizamos
vosotros / vosotras  organizasteis
ellos / ellas / Uds. organizaron
Notice that the -z- is replaced with -c-. However, apart from the yo form, all the other endings are the same as those of regular -ar verbs: -aste, -o, -amos, -asteis, -aron.


Have a look at  and listen to these examples.

Crucé la calle con mucho cuidado.
I crossed the street very carefully.

Organicé una fiesta sorpresa para Laura.
I organised a surprise party for Laura.

Analicé el documento concienzudamente.
I analysed the document thoroughly.

Cacé dos osos.
I hunted two bears.

Here are some other examples with -z (not-c). Notice how the pronunciation is the same:

¿Quién organizó la fiesta de Susana?
Who organized Susana's party?

Los niños pequeños no cruzaron la carretera solos.
The little children didn't cross the road by themselves.

¿Cazásteis muchas mariposas en el parque?
Did you catch lots of butterfies in the park?

For more verbs that follow this pattern see the List of -zar verbs change z>c in El Indefinido for the yo form

Examples and resources

Los niños pequeños no cruzaron la carretera solos.
The little children didn't cross the road by themselves.


Organicé una fiesta sorpresa para Laura.
I organised a surprise party for Laura.


¿Cazásteis muchas mariposas en el parque?
Did you catch lots of butterfies in the park?


Crucé la calle con mucho cuidado.
I crossed the street very carefully.


¿Quién organizó la fiesta de Susana?
Who organized Susana's party?


Cacé dos osos.
I hunted two bears.


Analicé el documento concienzudamente.
I analysed the document thoroughly.


Q&A

Tonya

Kwiziq community member

9 March 2019

2 replies

Examples with z

I think it would also be helpful to have examples with the conjugates that still have 'z', so that we know how it sounds and how to pronounce it correctly.

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

11 March 2019

11/03/19

Hola Tonya

I´ve added some examples that keep the -z as you suggested.

Gracias, un saludo

Inma

Tonya

Kwiziq community member

12 March 2019

12/03/19

I just tried them out. Very helpful and you responded so quickly. Thank you very much!

Tonya

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