Next up we’ll tackle another group of very irregular sounding verbs. You’ll really notice the difference here, but, again, these are high-frequency verbs and VerbMaster has lots of examples for you to practice.
So just like before with querer we broke it in half, QUER+ER, then made some changes to the stem, we’re going to do the same here. QUER‑ will become QUIS‑ in the preterite. The stems of hacer (to do), tener (to have), and decir (to say) will become, respectively, HIC‑, TUV‑, and DIJ‑.
These verbs all have their own endings, unique from the rest of the preterite. Watch out, though, for a few spelling changes in certain forms. See below:
The stem-change verb endings, just to set them apart for you, are the following. Note that there are no written accents.
Let’s take a look at our last group of irregular preterite tense verbs:
* Just like in Lesson 10, you might have noticed that prefixed forms of some of these verbs (tener and mantener) follow the same pattern. Keep your eyes out for little tricks like that!
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