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56. Verbs where e becomes i

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Lesson 56: Verbs where e becomes i

In another group of verbs, the last e in the stem turns into an i in the third person plural and in all singular persons. Beneath is a list of commmon verbs with this behavior.

to ask for; to demand; to order pedir
to serve servir
to repeat repetir
to say; to tell decir
to follow; to continue seguir
to get; to obtain, to achieve conseguir
e → i Singular Plural
First person pido
sirvo
repito
pedimos
servimos
repetimos
Second person pides
sirves
repites
pedís
servís
repetís
Third person pide
sirve
repite
piden
sirven
repiten

The last three verbs in this list don't only change the e into an i, but also add a g before the o for the first person singular.

e → i & -o → -go Singular Plural
First person digo
sigo
consigo
decimos
seguimos
conseguimos
Second person dices
sigues
consigues
decís
seguís
conseguís
Third person dice
sigue
consigue
dicen
siguen
consiguen

Note that in the first person singular of seguir and conseguir, not only a g is added, but also the u disappears.

Lesson contributors

Erik