PRETERITE: Stem-Changing: e - i


Stem-changing verbs that end in -ir have a stem-change in the third person of the preterite. The pattern of the change resembles a sandal, so these verbs are also called "sandal" verbs. In this pattern, verbs that are E->IE and E->I in the present tense change E->I in the preterit in the third person:


pedir: to ask for

pedí pedimos
pediste pedisteis
pidió pidieron

Sample verbs:

  1. desvestirse
  2. divertirse
  3. mentir
  4. preferir
  5. referir
  6. reñir
  7. repetir
  8. sentirse
  9. vestirse
  10. arrepentirse