Pretérito Conjugations: Regular Verbs

Conjugaciones del pretérito: verbos regulares

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Most regular Spanish -ar, -er, and -ir verbs are conjugated with a standard root (found by dropping the infinitive) plus the appropriate endings.

Regular -ar verbs

The pretérito endings for regular -ar verbs are:

  • -aste
  • -amos
  • -asteis
  • -aron

Por ejemplo…

hablar (to talk)


mirar (to look at)

hablé miré
hablaste miraste
habló miró
hablamos miramos
hablasteis mirasteis
hablaron miraron

Verbs that end in –car, –gar, or –zar take on a spelling change in the yo form of the pretérito:

 changes to

Por ejemplo…

tocar (to play)


pagar (to pay)


rezar (to pray)

toqué pagué rezecé
tocaste pagaste rezezaste
tocó pagó rezezó
tocamos pagamos rezezamos
tocasteis pagasteis rezasasteis
tocaron pagaron rezezaron

Regular -er verbs

The pretérito endings for regular -er verbs are:

  • -iste
  • -ió
  • -imos
  • -isteis
  • -ieron

Por ejemplo…

comer (to eat)


deber (to have to)

comí debí
comiste debiste
comió debió
comimos debimos
comisteis debisteis
comieron debieron

Regular -ir verbs

The pretérito endings for regular -ir verbs are identical to those for -er verbs:

  • -iste
  • -ió
  • -imos
  • -isteis
  • -ieron

Por ejemplo…

vivir (to live)


partir (to leave)

viví partí
viviste partiste
vivió partió
vivimos partimos
vivisteis partisteis
vivieron partieron

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