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Grammar - Conjugating ER Verbs in the Past Tense

This Spanish Medium Review quiz will introduce you to conjugating ER verbs in the past tense. The past tense in Spanish is the pretérito tense. You were first introduced to learning how to conjugate in the pretérito tense in the Spanish Medium Review quiz titled Grammar: Learning to Conjugate in the Past Tense. To help you to better understand the changing tenses of the verbs, you will find a series of quizzes that have been structured to familiarize you with AR, ER and IR verb endings, both with their present tense endings and their past tense endings and whether the verb is a regular verb or an irregular verb.

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If you have already taken the Spanish Medium Review quiz titled Grammar: Conjugating AR Verbs in the Past Tense! then you know how this quiz is going to work. If you have not already reviewed and taken that quiz, then please do so now. The introduction of that quiz will provide you with more information on conjugating verbs in the past tense. The only difference with this quiz is that it will focus only on ER verbs. Now let’s take a look at some of those verbs.

HACER (to make/to do) (irregular in both present and past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) hago; (tú) haces; (él/ella/usted/lo) hace; (nosotros/as) hacemos; (vosotros/as) hacéis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) hacen
  • Past Tense: (yo) hice; (tú) hiciste; (él/ella/usted/lo) hizo; (nosotros/as) hicimos; (vosotros/as) hicisteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) hicieron

LEER (to read) (regular in present / irregular in past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) leo; (tú) lees; (él/ella/usted/lo) lee; (nosotros/as) leemos; (vosotros/as) leéis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) leen
  • Past Tense: (yo) leí; (tú) leíste; (él/ella/usted/lo) leyó; (nosotros/as) leímos; (vosotros/as) leísteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) leyeron

PONER (to place) (irregular in both present and past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) pongo; (tú) pones; (él/ella/usted/lo) pone; (nosotros/as) ponemos; (vosotros/as) ponéis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) ponen
  • Past Tense: (yo) puse; (tú) pusiste; (él/ella/usted/lo) puso; (nosotros/as) pusimos; (vosotros/as) pusisteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) pusieron

VER (to see) (irregular in both present and past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) veo; (tú) ves; (él/ella/usted/lo) ve; (nosotros/as) vemos; (vosotros/as) veis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) ven
  • Past Tense: (yo) vi; (tú) viste; (él/ella/usted/lo) vio; (nosotros/as) vimos; (vosotros/as) visteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) vieron

DOLER (to ache) (irregular in present / regular in past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) duelo; (tú) dueles; (él/ella/usted/lo) duele; (nosotros/as) dolemos; (vosotros/as) doléis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) duelen
  • Past Tense: (yo) dolí; (tú) doliste; (él/ella/usted/lo) dolió; (nosotros/as) dolimos; (vosotros/as) dolisteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) dolieron

TENER (to have) (irregular in both present and past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) tengo; (tú) tienes; (él/ella/usted/lo) tiene; (nosotros/as) tenemos; (vosotros/as) tenéis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) tienen
  • Past Tense: (yo) tuve; (tú) tuviste; (él/ella/usted/lo) tuvo; (nosotros/as) tuvimos; (vosotros/as) tuvisteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) tuvieron

BEBER (to drink) (regular in both present and past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) bebo; (tú) bebes; (él/ella/usted/lo) bebe; (nosotros/as) bebemos; (vosotros/as) bebéis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) beben
  • Past Tense: (yo) bebí; (tú) bebiste; (él/ella/usted/lo) bebió; (nosotros/as) bebimos; (vosotros/as) bebisteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) bebieron

CREER (to believe) (regular in present / irregular in past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) creo; (tú) crees; (él/ella/usted/lo) cree; (nosotros/as) creemos; (vosotros/as) creéis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) creen
  • Past Tense: (yo) creí; (tú) creíste; (él/ella/usted/lo) creyó; (nosotros/as) creímos; (vosotros/as) creísteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) creyeron

ARDER (to burn) (regular in both present and past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) ardo; (tú) ardes; (él/ella/usted/lo) arde; (nosotros/as) ardemos; (vosotros/as) ardéis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) arden
  • Past Tense: (yo) ardí; (tú) ardiste; (él/ella/usted/lo) ardió; (nosotros/as) ardimos; (vosotros/as) ardisteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) ardieron

CAER (to fall) (irregular in both present and past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) caigo; (tú) caes; (él/ella/usted/lo) cae; (nosotros/as) caemos; (vosotros/as) caéis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) caen
  • Past Tense: (yo) caí; (tú) caíste; (él/ella/usted/lo) cayó; (nosotros/as) caímos; (vosotros/as) caísteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) cayeron

LLOVER (to rain) (irregular in present / regular in past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) lluevo; (tú) llueves; (él/ella/usted/lo) llueve; (nosotros/as) llovemos; (vosotros/as) llovéis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) llueven
  • Past Tense: (yo) lloví; (tú) lloviste; (él/ella/usted/lo) llovió; (nosotros/as) llovimos; (vosotros/as) llovisteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) llovieron

COGER (to catch) (irregular in present / regular in past)

  • Present Tense: (yo) cojo; (tú) coges; (él/ella/usted/lo) coge; (nosotros/as) cogemos; (vosotros/as) cogéis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) cogen
  • Past Tense: (yo) cogí; (tú) cogiste; (él/ella/usted/lo) cogió; (nosotros/as) cogimos; (vosotros/as) cogisteis; (ellos/ellas/ustedes/los) cogieron

As you can see, there are a number of irregular verb conjugations going on here. Again, there is no set rule so learning these tense forms will be all memorization. Just take your time with each verb. Practice looking at the verb endings, saying the verbs and even writing the verbs down. When you feel comfortable with one verb, move on to the next. When you have familiarized yourself with each verb given here, move on to the quiz questions. Try to challenge yourself by not looking back at the introduction. If you take your time, you will be able to master each of these verbs!

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  1. How would you conjugate the verb llover in the past tense using the pronoun we?
    The past tense of the verb llover (to rain) when conjugated with the pronoun we would be llovimos.
  2. What is the singular formal past tense of beber?
    The singular formal past tense of beber (to drink) would mean you drank. In Spanish that would be bebió.
  3. How would you conjugate the verb tener in the past tense using the pronoun I?
    The past tense of the verb tener (to have) when conjugated with the pronoun I would be tuve (I had).
  4. What does the Spanish word cogisteis mean in English?
    The Spanish word cogisteis comes from the verb coger. It means to catch. Cogisteis is the past tense of the verb and means you caught (plural familiar).
  5. What does the Spanish word dolieron mean in English?
    The Spanish word dolieron comes from the verb doler. It means to ach. Dolieron is the past tense of the verb and means they ached.
  6. How would you conjugate the verb caer in the past tense using the singular familiar pronoun you?
    The past tense of the verb caer (to fall) when conjugated with the singular familiar pronoun you would be caíste (you fell).
  7. What is the plural formal past tense of hacer?
    The plural formal past tense of hacer (to make/to do) would mean you made/you did. In Spanish that would be hicieron.
  8. How would you conjugate the verb ver in the past tense using the pronoun she?
    The past tense of the verb ver (to see) when conjugated with the pronoun she would be vio (she saw). (Being irregular in the past tense the 'o' does not have an accent mark.)
  9. What does the Spanish word ardí mean in English?
    The Spanish word ardí comes from the verb arder. It means to burn. Ardí is the past tense of the verb and means I burned.
  10. What does the Spanish word creímos mean in English?
    The Spanish word creímos comes from the verb creer. It means to believe. Creímos is the past tense of the verb and means we believed. (Being irregular in the past tense the 'i' receives an accent mark.)

Author: Christine G. Broome

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