-uar verbs in El Presente de Subjuntivo (actuar, continuar)

In Spanish, verbs that end in -uar take a written accent on the -u in most El Presente de Subjuntivo conjugations. Take a look at these two common verbs ending in -uar

actuar (to act / perform) and continuar (to continue)

  ACTUAR CONTINUAR

yo

actúe continúe
actúes continúes
él/ella/usted actúe continúe
nosotros  actuemos continuemos
vosotros actuéis continuéis
ellos/ustedes actúen continúen

 

Here are some examples:

Es posible que actúe en la representación de navidad del colegio.I may play a part (act) in the Nativity play at school.

Espero que todos actuemos de forma cordial en la reunión de mañana.I hope we all proceed (act) in a cordial way tomorrow at the meeting.

Será mejor que continuéis con vuestro trabajo.You'd better continue with your work.

Quiero que continúen con su excelente labor.I want you to continue with your excellent work.

The verb in the infinitive has the stress on the -ar at the end of the word: actu-ar, continu-ar. However, when it is conjugated in El Presente de Subjuntivo, the stress is on the -u-  for all forms except the nosotros and vosotros forms. For example: actúe, actúes, actúes, actúen / continúe, continúes, continúe, continúen. In the nosotros and vosotros forms, the stress is on the -e at the end of the verb: actuemos, actuéis / continuemos, continuéis.

Other examples with verbs evaluar, insinuar, tatuar:

No es conveniente que insinúes que ella es la culpable de todo.It isn't convenient that you insinuate that it is completely her fault.

Es esencial que evaluemos la situación con mucha precisión.It's essential that we evaluate the situation with a lot of precision.

No me parece buena idea que os tatuéis los brazos.I don't think it's a good idea that you get your arms tattooed.

Here is a list of Verbs ending in -uar

Important:

Not all verbs that end in -uar follow this rule. For example, some verbs that end in -cuar allow for spellings both (e.g. licuar, adecuar, promiscuar) with and without the written accent, and verbs that end in -guar do not need extra accents at all! They are conjugated like regular -ar verbs.

Take a look at these conjugations for adecuar and averiguar:

 

  ADECUAR AVERIGUAR

yo

adecúe/ adecue averigüe
adecúes/adecues

averigües

él/ella/usted adecúe/adecue averigüe
nosotros  adecuemos averigüemos
vosotros adecuéis averigüéis
ellos/ustedes adecúen/adecuen averigüen

Important:

For verbs ending in -guar, like averiguar or apaciguar, their conjugation in El Presente de Subjuntivo has a diéresis on the letter  u [ü], that's the name of the symbol formed by the two dots above the letter. In Spanish, the diéresis is only used with the letter u. Omitting it is a spelling mistake. The diéresis on the u means that the letter u must be pronounced (it's not a silence u like in guerra or Guernica)

Cuando averigües lo que pasa, avísame.When you find out what's going on, let me know.

See also -uar verbs in El Presente (actuar, continuar)

 

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Quiero que continúen con su excelente labor.I want you to continue with your excellent work.
No me parece buena idea que os tatuéis los brazos.I don't think it's a good idea that you get your arms tattooed.
Será mejor que continuéis con vuestro trabajo.You'd better continue with your work.
Es posible que actúe en la representación de navidad del colegio.I may play a part (act) in the Nativity play at school.
Espero que todos actuemos de forma cordial en la reunión de mañana.I hope we all proceed (act) in a cordial way tomorrow at the meeting.
Es esencial que evaluemos la situación con mucha precisión.It's essential that we evaluate the situation with a lot of precision.
No es conveniente que insinúes que ella es la culpable de todo.It isn't convenient that you insinuate that it is completely her fault.
Cuando averigües lo que pasa, avísame.When you find out what's going on, let me know.
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