Preterite - Irregular Verbs  

Spanish Grammar Preterite Tense Irregular Verbs

An irregular Spanish verb is one which does not follow standard rules of conjugation. Some of the irregularities of the irregular verbs are predictable. The table below shows the terminations for many irregular verbs in the preterite tense.

yo e
Ud./él/ella o
nosotros as imos
vosotros as isteis
Uds./ellos/ellas ieron

The verb poder (to be able) is irregular in the preterite tense. It is a u-stem verb, the stem changes from o to u. When cojugated, poder uses the irregular preterite tense endings shown in the table above. It is conjugated as shown below.

yo pude nosotros pudimos
pudiste vosotros pudisteis
Ud./él/ella pudo Uds./ellos/ ellas pudieron

Let's look at some example sentences using the verb poder.

No pude hacer nada.
I couldn't do anything.

Vi a Luis pero no pude hablar con él.
I saw Luis but I was not able to speak with him.

Follow the links below for an explanation of the most common irregular verbs types in the Preterite tense.

u-stem verbs

j-stem verbs

i-stem verbs

accented endings

(e) changes to (i)

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