Some -ir verbs that are irregular in the simple past

In the simple past, certain verbs ending in -ir (sentir/to feel, pedir/to ask for, competir/to compete, etc.) change the e in their root to an i with the pronouns él/ella/usted and ellos/ellas/ustedes.

Sentir → Sintió

To feel She felt

These are their full conjugations:

Sentir en
Yo sentí
Tú sentiste
Él/ella/usted sintió
Nosotros/as sentimos
Vosotros/as sentisteis
Ellos/ellas/ustedes sintieron
Pedir en
Yo pedí
Tú pediste
Él/ella/usted pidió
Nosotros/as pedimos
Vosotros/as pedisteis
Ellos/ellas/ustedes pidieron

Después del accidente, Betty sintió dolor en la pierna.

After the accident, Betty felt pain in her leg.

En la cena, todos pidieron el mismo plato.

At the dinner, everyone ordered the same dish.

Other verbs that share this irregularity are vestir (to dress) vestir, pret. indefinido, seguir seguir, pret. indefinido, despedir (to fire, to dismiss) despedir, pret. indefinido, concebir (to conceive) concebir, pret. indefinido and repetir (to repeat) repetir, pret. indefinido.

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