The simple past tense of decir and venir


The pretérito indefinido (simple past tense) is used with completed past actions (those that started and ended in the past).

La semana pasada tomamos mucho vino.

Last week we drank a lot of wine.

The verbs decir (to say, to tell) and venir (to come) are irregular in the simple past and are conjugated as follows:

Decir en
Yo dije
Tú dijiste
Él/ella/usted dijo
Nosotros/as dijimos
Vosotros/as dijisteis
Ellos/ellas/ustedes dijeron

Venir en
Yo vine
Tú viniste
Él/ella/usted vino
Nosotros/as vinimos
Vosotros/as vinisteis
Ellos/ellas/ustedes vinieron

Él me dijo la verdad.

He told me the truth.

El doctor Macías vino a cenar ayer.

Dr. Macias came to dinner yesterday.

Note: verbs ending in -decir (predecir, bendecir, etc.) and -venir (prevenir, provenir, etc.) share this irregularity.

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