Irregular verbs in the present tense: e ie

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Irregular verbs in the present tense: eie 

Some verbs change their stem from e to ie in the simple present:

Pensar → Pienso

Pensar → Pienso

Querer → Quiero

Querer → Quiero

Mentir → Miento

Mentir → Miento

The full conjugation table is as follows:

Yo pienso
Tú piensas
Él/ella/usted piensa
Nosotros/as pensamos
Vosotros/as pensáis
Ellos/ellas/ustedes piensan
Yo pierdo
Tú pierdes
Él/ella/usted pierde
Nosotros/as perdemos
Vosotros/as perdéis
Ellos/ellas/ustedes pierden
Yo siento
Tú sientes
Él/ella/usted siente
Nosotros/as sentimos
Vosotros/as sentís
Ellos/ellas/ustedes sienten

Some common verbs that follow this logic: empezar (to start); cerrar (to close); preferir (to prefer) and despertar (to wake up).

¿A qué horas empieza la película?

What time does the film start?

Lupita prefiere el vino blanco al tinto.

Lupita prefers white wine to red wine.

Normalmente me despierto temprano.

Normally I wake up early.

Note: As you can see in the conjugation table above, these verbs stay regular in the nosotros/as and vosotros/as forms.

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