Preterite - Irregular - Accented endings   By Ron Slone

Spanish Grammar Preterite TenseAccented Endings
Overview

The preterite is the tense with the most irregularities. One group of irregular verbs has accented endings in the first and third-person singular forms.

The table below shows how three irregular verbs are formed in the preterite tense. The verbs oír (to hear), leer (to read), and caer (to fall) each have an accent on the ending in the first and third-person singular forms.

oír (conjugation)

yo (I heard)
oíste (you heard)
Ud./él/ella oyó (you/he/she heard)
nosotros oímos (we heard)
vosotros oísteis (you guys heard)
Uds./ellos/ellas oyeron (you all/they heard)

leer (conjugation)

yo leí (I read)
leíste (you read)
Ud./él/ella leyó (you/he/she read)
nosotros leímos (we read)
vosotros leísteis (you guys read)
Uds./ellos/ellas leyeron (you all/they read)

caer (conjugation)

yo caí (I fell)
caíste (you fell)
Ud./él/ella cayó (you/he/she fell)
nosotros caímos (we fell)
vosotros caísteis (you guys fell)
Uds./ellos/ellas cayeron (you all/they fell)

Other verbs which follow the same pattern:

creer (to believe) yo form becomes creí
poseer (to possess) yo form becomes poseí
proveer (to provide) yo form becomes proveí


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