There are some common Spanish verbs that are stem-changing where the -e becomes -ie in some forms in the present tense.
Learn how to conjugate -er stem-changing verbs in El Presente in Spanish
A number of common Spanish verbs (perder, defender, encender) ending in -er are stem-changing semi-regular in El Presente because the stem changes for some forms:
to switch on
él / ella / usted
|nosotros / nosotras||perdemos
|vosotros / vosotras||perdéis||defendéis||encendéis|
|ellos / ellas / ustedes||pierden||defienden||encienden|
Notice how the vowel -e- in the stem that is closer to the end of the word becomes-ie- except for the nosotros and vosotros forms.
Look at and listen to these examples:
- Conjugate querer in the present tense in Spanish (El Presente)
- Conjugate entender in the present tense in Spanish (El Presente)
- B1 Spanish verb list: Stem-changing (e > ie) verbs in the present tense
- A1 Spanish verb list: Stem-changing (e > ie) verbs in the present tense
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