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Basic Regular Verb Conjugation

Verbs have two parts:  the stem and the ending.  The ending is one of these three:  -AR, -ER, or -IR.  Let's look at the verb cantar (to sing).  The stem of this verb is "CANT"  the ending is "AR".

Regular -  AR Verb Conjugation:126
To conjugate this verb, and all other regular verbs, we keep the stem and change the ending. The endings for regular -AR verbs will be the same.

Ex:  CANTAR -> CANTar -> CANTO (I sing)

Below is a regular -AR verb conjugation chart.  The stem of the verb is in italics and the ending is in bold.

CANTAR PRESENT CANTAR PRETERITE
yo canto nosotros cantamos yo canté nosotros cantamos
cantas nosotras cantamos cantaste nosotras cantamos
Ud. canta Uds. cantan Ud. cantó Uds. cantaron
él canta ellos cantan él cantó ellos cantaron
ella canta ellas cantan ella cantó ellas cantaron


Regular -  -ER Verb Conjugation:252
To conjugate this verb, and all other regular verbs, we keep the stem and change the ending. The endings for regular -ER verbs will be the same.

Ex:  CORRER -> CORRer -> CORRO (I run)

Below is a regular -ER verb conjugation chart.  The stem of the verb is in italics and the ending is in bold.

CORRER PRESENT CORRER PRETERITE
yo corro nosotros corremos yo corrí nosotros corrimos
corres nosotras corremos corriste nosotras corrimos
Ud. corre Uds. corren Ud. corr Uds. corrieron
él corre ellos corren él corr ellos corrieron
ella corre ellas corren ella corr ellas corrieron


Regular -  -IR Verb Conjugation:253
To conjugate this verb, and all other regular verbs, we keep the stem and change the ending. The endings for regular -IR verbs will be the same.

Ex:  ESCRIBIR -> ESCRIBir -> ESCRIBO (I write)

Below is a regular -IR verb conjugation chart.  The stem of the verb is in italics and the ending is in bold.

ESCRIBIR PRESENT ESCRIBIR PRETERITE
yo escribo nosotros escribimos yo escribí nosotros escribimos
escribes nosotras escribimos escribiste nosotras escribimos
Ud. escribe Uds. escriben Ud. escrib Uds. escribieron
él escribe ellos escriben él escrib ellos escribieron
ella escribe ellas escriben ella escrib ellas escribieron


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