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Lesson 8: The present tense in -ir 1

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Some examples of verbs ending in -ir:

vivir
to live
escribir
to write
abrir
to open
compartir
to share

In the present tense, we replace the ending -ir by a different ending, depending on the person who is performing the action. Note that these endings are exactly the same as for verbs ending in -er.

Replace -ir withEndingExample
First person (I)-o(yo) vivo
I live
Second person (you)-es(tú) vives, (usted) vive
you live
Third person (he, she)-e(él) vive, (ella) vive
he lives, she lives

Note that the polite form usted uses the third instead of the second person conjugation.

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