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Lesson 26: Stem-changing Verbs in the Present Subjunctive

lesson on Spanish stem-changing verbs in the present subjunctive tense


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Stem-Changing Verbs

This group of verbs will look familiar. These are all stem-changing verbs in the present indicative, and they, as you could probably guess, will change their stems a bit here. But we need to be alert: it’s the way they change.

Some good news, though, is that the subjunctive endings you just learned are still in play.

More good news: these changes are predictable. ‑AR, ‑ER, and ‑IR verbs where E→IE and O→UE follow the rules we learned above for most of the forms but are going to have a unique stem in the nosotros and vosotros forms.

Let’s take a look. We have an example of each type mentioned above:

cerrar present subjunctive Spanish conjugation tablesoñar present subjunctive Spanish conjugation tabledormir present subjunctive Spanish conjugation table

As you can see, starting with the yo form correctly produces the conjugated forms for most, but for these groups the nosotros and vosotros forms do not take the stem change.

Is your head spinning? That’s OK! Don’t worry too much about the formula, just practice conjugating these with VerbMaster’s intelligent tutoring system and they’ll be second nature soon enough.

Check out all cerrar conjugations, soñar conjugations, or dormir conjugations in the VerbMaster Dictionary!

Practice Time!

The only way to master these verbs is through targeted practice. Fortunately for you, VerbMaster’s intelligent tutoring system makes conjugation practice a breeze!

In this session, you’ll practice conjugating cerrar, soñar, and dormir in the present subjunctive.
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