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Lesson 14 - Números Ordinales (Ordinal Numbers)
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This page: Learn verbs that are irregular only in the yo form in Spanish (hacer, poner, salir, traer, ver, dar).

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Verbs that are irregular only in the yo form

Grammar Lesson


The following verbs follow the regular present tense verb rules for all forms except for the yo form. Click on the verbs in the table below to hear the pronunciation and repeat.

Verbs that are irregular in the yo form
Verb Translation
► caber to fit
► caer to fall
► dar to give
► hacer to make, to do
► poner to put
► saber to know
► salir to go out, to leave
► traer to bring
► ver to see, to watch
► valer to be worth



Section 1
First lets get more familiar with the meaning of these verbs. Select the correct translation.

1. to give      

2. to make, to do      

3. to go out, to leave      

4. to put      

5. to bring      

6. to see, to watch      

7. to know      

8. to fit      

9. to be worth      

10. to fall      


Regular Present Tense

Just to refresh your memory, here are the rules for regular present tense verbs.

Spanish Present Tense
  -ar verbs -er verbs -ir verbs
Infinitive verb form hablar comer vivir
Stem habl- com- viv-
yo hablo como vivo
hablas comes vives
usted, él, ella habla come vive
nosotros, nosotras hablamos comemos vivimos
vosotros, vosotras (used in Spain) habláis coméis vivís
ustedes, ellos, ellas hablan comen viven


Verb Forms

Here are the conjugations of the verbs that you learned above. The irregular yo form is in red.

  • caber (to fit) - quepo, cabes, cabe, cabemos, cabéis, caben
  • caer (to fall) - caigo, caes, cae, caemos, caéis, caen
  • dar (to give) - doy, das, da, damos, dais, dan
  • hacer (to make, to do) - hago, haces, hace, hacemos, hacéis, hacen
  • poner (to put) - pongo, pones, pone, ponemos, ponéis, ponen
  • saber (to know) - , sabes, sabe, sabemos, sabéis, saben
  • salir (to go out, to leave) - salgo, sales, sale, salimos, salís, salen
  • traer (to bring) - traigo, traes, trae, traemos, traéis, traen
  • ver (to see, to watch) - veo, ves, ve, vemos, veis, ven
  • valer (to be worth) - valgo, vales, vale, valemos, valéis, valen

*Note that the accent is not needed with dais and veis because they are one-syllable words.



Section 2
Fill in the blank with the yo form of the verb.

1. Yo (hacer)      

2. Yo (salir)      

3. Yo (traer)      

4. Yo (dar)      

5. Yo (poner)      

6. Yo (ver)      

7. Yo (saber)      

8. Yo (caber)      

9. Yo (valer)      

10. Yo (caer)      
Actually you would say "me caigo" for "I fall." We will learn more about reflexive verbs such as this one in a future lesson. For now, just remember that the irregular yo form of this verb is "caigo."



Section 3
Fill in the blank with the correct form of the verb for the subject provided.

1. Él (He puts)      

2. Ellos (They are worth)      
Remember that "valer" means to be worth in one verb. Don't translate the word "are" in this one.

3. Yo (I put)      

4. Usted (You make)      

5. (You give)      

6. Ustedes (You bring)      

7. Yo (I make)      

8. Yo (I see)      

9. Yo (I give)      

10. Nosotros (We know)      

11. Nosotras (We make)      

12. Los lápices (The pencils fall)      

13. Yo (I go out)      

14. Yo (I bring)      

15. El libro (The book falls)      

16. Yo (I know)      

17. Ellos (They fit)      

18. Carmen (Carmen goes out)      

19. Ellas (They see)      

20. Yo (I fit)      


Verbs that end in -cer and -cir

Verbs that end in a vowel and then -cer or -cir, end in -zco in the yo form in the present tense. All other forms are regular with these verbs in the present tense.

  • cer → zco       cir → zco
  • agradecer (to thank) - agradezco, agradeces, agradece, agradecemos, agradecéis, agradecen
  • aparecer (to appear) - aparezco, apareces, aparece, aparecemos, aparecéis, aparecen
  • conducir (to drive) - conduzco, conduces, conduce, conducimos, conducís, conducen
  • conocer (to know*) - conozco, conoces, conoce, conocemos, conocéis, conocen
  • crecer (to grow) - crezco, creces, crece, crecemos, crecéis, crecen
  • deducir (to deduce) - deduzco, deduces, deduce, deducimos, deducís, deducen
  • desaparecer (to disappear) - desaparezco, desapareces, desaparece, desaparecemos, desaparecéis, desaparecen
  • desobedecer (to disobey) - desobedezco, desobedeces, desobedece, desobedecemos, desobedecéis, desobedecen
  • establecer (to establish) - establezco, estableces, establece, establecemos, establecéis, establecen
  • inducir (to induce) - induzco, induces, induce, inducimos, inducís, inducen
  • introducir (to introduce) - introduzco, introduces, introduce, introducimos, introducís, introducen
  • merecer (to deserve) - merezco, mereces, merece, merecemos, merecéis, merecen
  • obedecer (to obey) - obedezco, obedeces, obedece, obedecemos, obedecéis, obedecen
  • ofrecer (to offer) - ofrezco, ofreces, ofrece, ofrecemos, ofrecéis, ofrecen
  • pertenecer (to belong to) - pertenezco, perteneces, pertenece, pertenecemos, pertenecéis, pertenecen
  • producir (to produce) - produzco, produces, produce, producimos, producís, producen
  • reconocer (to recognize) - reconozco, reconoces, reconoce, reconocemos, reconocéis, reconocen
  • reducir (to reduce) - reduzco, reduces, reduce, reducimos, reducís, reducen
  • traducir (to translate) - traduzco, traduces, traduce, traducimos, traducís, traducen

*Conocer is to know a person (to be aquainted with). Saber is to know information.



Section 4
Select the correct translation.

1. to know      

2. to appear      

3. to deduce      

4. to drive      

5. to thank      

6. to grow      

7. to establish      

8. to disappear      

9. to deserve      

10. to disobey      

11. to induce      

12. to introduce      

13. to offer      

14. to produce      

15. to translate      

16. to obey      

17. to recognize      

18. to belong to      

19. to reduce      



Section 5
Fill in the blank with the correct form of the verb for the subject provided.

1. Usted (You establish)      

2. Yo (I grow)      

3. Él (He produces)      

4. Yo (I know, I am aquainted with)      

5. (You disobey)      

6. Ellos (They thank)      

7. Yo (I deserve)      

8. Ella (She offers)      

9. Yo (I introduce)      

10. Lucas (Lucas drives)      

11. Victoria (Victoria recognizes)      

12. El libro (The book belongs to)      

13. La medicina (The medicine induces)      

14. Los profesores (The professors appear)      

15. Ustedes (You disappear)      

16. Yo (I deduce)      

17. Yo (I obey)      

18. Yo (I reduce)      

19. Pablo y yo (Pablo and I translate)      


Verbs with orthographic changes only in the yo form

Orthographic changes are spelling changes. Some verbs have spelling changes so that they can retain the correct pronunciation in the yo form.

Verbs that end in -ger and -gir

Remember that the letter G has a soft vowel sound (like the letter H in English) before the letters E or I, but a hard vowel sound (like the G in the word "go" in English) before other letters. Verbs that end in -ger or -gir in the infinitive form, change to a letter J in the yo form to retain that soft G sound.

  • escoger (to choose) - escojo, escoges, escoge, escogemos, escogéis, escogen
  • dirigir (to direct) - dirijo, diriges, dirige, dirigimos, dirigís, dirigen

Verbs that end in -guir

Verbs that end in -guir drop the letter U (leaving only the letter G instead of GU) in the yo form to retain the correct pronunciation.

  • distinguir (to distinguish) - distingo, distingues, distingue, distinguimos, distinguís, distinguen



Section 6
Fill in the blank with the yo form of the verb.

1. Yo (exigir = to demand)      

2. Yo (proteger = to protect)      

3. Yo (extinguir = to extinguish)      

4. Yo (fingir = to pretend)      


Find the Mistake

Find the mistake in the sentence and re-write it correctly in the space. Don't forget to use correct capitalization, accents and punctuation, or the computer will mark it as incorrect.

  • Example:
  • Ella son inteligente. → Ella es inteligente.

1. Sabo mucha información.        

2. Ella traige su libro a la clase.        

3. No cuepo en el carro.        

4. Tradusco las palabras.        

5. Los estudiantes obedezcen las reglas.        

    las reglas = the rules


More Practice

Write a sentence with each of the verbs that you learned on this page on a piece of paper. For more practice, try writing some negative sentences and/or questions with the verbs.



Write five sentences about yourself in the present tense with verbs that you learned on this page.

  • Examples:
  • Hago ejercicio.
  • Pongo mi libro en la mochila.

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