Conjugate preferir in El Presente (present tense)

The Spanish verb preferir (to prefer) is semi-regular since the stem changes in some forms of El Presente, but it has regular ‑ir group endings:

yo prefiero
prefieres
él / ella / Ud.  prefiere
nosotros / nosotras  preferimos
vosotros / vosotras  preferís
ellos / ellas / Uds.  prefieren

Notice how for all three groups, the first vowel -e- in the stem becomes -ie- except for the nosotros and vosotros forms.

Look at and listen to these examples:

Yo prefiero comer pescado en vez de carne.
I prefer to eat fish rather than meat.

¿Tú prefieres ir en tren o en avión?
Do you prefer going by train or plane?

Ella prefiere quedarse en casa.
She prefers to stay at home.

Nosotros preferimos ir al campo otro día.
We prefer going to the countryside another day.

¿Vosotros preferís ir a México o Panamá?
Do you prefer going to Mexico or Panama?

Ellos prefieren ir al parque que al centro comercial.
They prefer to go to the park than to the mall.

 

See also:
List of Common Spanish stem-changing (e > ie) verbs in the present tense

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¿Vosotros preferís ir a México o Panamá?
Do you prefer going to Mexico or Panama?


Ella prefiere quedarse en casa.
She prefers to stay at home.


Nosotros preferimos ir al campo otro día.
We prefer going to the countryside another day.


¿Tú prefieres ir en tren o en avión?
Do you prefer going by train or plane?


Yo prefiero comer pescado en vez de carne.
I prefer to eat fish rather than meat.


Ellos prefieren ir al parque que al centro comercial.
They prefer to go to the park than to the mall.


Q&A Forum 2 questions, 3 answers

usted

does the word usted or ustedes change the person form ?
Asked 6 months ago
SilviaKwiziq language super star

¡Hola Britt!

"Usted" is the equivalent of "you formal singular" and it is always conjugated in the 3rd person singular ("he/she" form). For example, "usted es muy simpático".

"Ustedes" is the equivalent of "you formal plural" and it is always conjugated in the 3rd person plural ("they" form). For example, "ustedes son muy simpáticos".

I hope this explanation helps.

Silvia.

yes it does, tiswhat i suspected, but I was surprised too as it is normally the 2nd person, either of singular or plural so I though it would conjugate that way but no... so a bit of adaptation is required of me.

thanks for your answer..

Britt

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Is the vosotros conjugation irregular since it does not end in eís?

Asked 10 months ago
SilviaKwiziq language super star
¡Hola William! All -ir verbs end by -ís in the "vosotros" form in the present tense. The -éis ending goes with -er verbs instead. Silvia. 

Is the vosotros conjugation irregular since it does not end in eís?

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