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Stem Changing Verbs

*The stem of a verb is the part left over after the -ar, -er, -ir ending is removed.

*Stem changing verbs use the same endings as regular verbs, but the stem is different. These are sometimes called "boot verbs" because when the forms that have a stem-change are circled, the shape resembles a boot.

*The next-to-last vowel in the infinitive is the vowel that has the stem-change.

Here are verbs in each of the categories:

oŕue uŕue eŕie eŕi
poder jugar preferir pedir
almorzar   entender servir
costar   pensar repetir
dormir   querer  
    empezar  

Here is an example of a stem-changing verb conjugated:

dormir (oŕue)

duermo

dormimos

duermes

dormís

duerme

duermen

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