Spanish Verbs: Preterite Irregular Tense

Several Spanish verbs are irregular in the preterite past tense. There aren't any rules to explain how to conjugate these verbs, they must simply be memorized. Below we've listed these words along with their conjugations in the preterite. Read and listen to each word and its conjugation, then repeat it out loud.

decir

to tell

to tell
decir
I told
dije
you told (familiar)
dijiste
you told (formal)
he told
she told
dijo
we told
dijimos
you told (familiar plural)
dijisteis
you told (formal plural)
they told
dijeron

ver

to see

to see
ver
I saw
vi
you saw (familiar)
viste
you saw (formal)
he saw
she saw
vio
we saw
vimos
you saw (familiar plural)
visteis
you saw (formal plural)
they saw
vieron

traer

to bring

to bring
traer
I brought
traje
you brought (familiar)
trajiste
you brought (formal)
he brought
she brought
trajo
we brought
trajimos
you brought (formal plural)
they brought
trajeron

Other Spanish words that are conjugated like traer in the preterite past tense include:

  • atraer (to attract)
  • detraer (to detract)
  • distraer (to distract)
  • extraer (to extract)
  • maltraer (to ill-treat)
  • retraer (to retract)
  • sustraer (to subtract)

Verbs ending in -ucir are also irregular and are conjugated as shown below using the Spanish verb producir as an example. All -ucir verbs are conjugated in the preterite tense using the same endings.

producir

to produce

to produce
producir
I produced
produje
you produced (familiar)
produjiste
you produced (formal)
he produced
she produced
produjo
we produced
produjimos
you produced (familiar plural)
produjisteis
you produced (formal plural)
they produced
produjeron

Other Spanish words that are conjugated like producir in the preterite past tense include:

  • aducir (to present proof)
  • conducir (to conduct)
  • coproducir (to co-produce)
  • deducir (to deduce)
  • inducir (to induce)
  • introducir (to introduce)
  • reducir (to reduce)
  • traducir (to translate)