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Spanish verbs ending in -zar change z > c in all forms in the present subjunctive (El Presente de Subjuntivo)

Learn about Spanish -zar verbs in El Presente de Subjuntivo

Spanish verbs that end in -zar replace the -z with a -c in El Presente de Subjuntivo. This is because in Spanish, after z you can only have the vowels a, o and u.

Conjugation of verb "utilizar" (to use) affected in  El Presente de Subjuntivo

yo utilice
utilices
él / ella / Ud. utilice
nosotros utilicemos
vosotros utilicéis
ellos / ellas / Uds.   utilicen

Other verbs with this irregularity are abrazar (to hug), alcanzar (to reach) and cruzar (to cross). Have a look and listen to these examples:

Tened cuidado cuando utilicéis el equipo de música.Be careful when you use the stereo. [you=vosotros]

Espero que los niños crucen la carretera con cuidado.I hope the children cross the road carefully.

¡No me abraces tan fuerte!Don't hug me so tightly!

No me gusta que utilices mi barra de labios.I don't like it when you use my lipstick. [you=tú]

Espero que utilicen nuestras instalaciones deportivas.I hope you use our sport facilities. [you=ustedes]

See also:

Verb list: -zar verbs that change in all forms in El Presente de Subjuntivo

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Examples and resources

No me gusta que utilices mi barra de labios.I don't like it when you use my lipstick. [you=tú]
Tened cuidado cuando utilicéis el equipo de música.Be careful when you use the stereo. [you=vosotros]
¡No me abraces tan fuerte!Don't hug me so tightly!
Espero que los niños crucen la carretera con cuidado.I hope the children cross the road carefully.
Espero que utilicen nuestras instalaciones deportivas.I hope you use our sport facilities. [you=ustedes]
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