“Mnemonics” en españolClues for remembering the irregular preterite stems. Las clases de Español II Honores Del Señor Blease 2003
IR – to go • fui • fuiste • fue • fuimos • fuisteis • fueron
Ir- to gostem-fu My friends and I went to the “fu” fighters concert last night.
SER – to be • fui • fuiste • fue • fuimos • fuisteis • fueron
Ser/Ir • Life stinks to be a fui on a dog.
Ser- to be • To be or not to fui. (that is the question)
Ser – to be • The fud was green.
DAR – to give • di • diste • dio • dimos • disteis • dieron
I gave the di to my friend Joe. Dar – to give
Dar – to give“Di” • The teacher didn’t give me a di!
Andar-to walk • I walked part of the way anduv the rest of the way.
ANDAR The dog walked up ANDUVer the obstacle.
ANDAR I’ve been running anduv been walking.
Decir The dije told everyone to dance.
Dij-Decir- to say I told her I broke the dij.
Decir-to tell/sayDij - Dijon He told me about the honey dijon mustard.
Decir I said, “Do you have any DIJon mustard?”
The estuvwas hot. Estar – to be
Estuv- Estar- to be I was cooking on estuv.
Estar I was in the estuve playing hide-and-go-seek.
Hacer - to make We made hice using a tray, water, and the cold weather.
Hacer – to make“Hiz” I made hiz lunch.
Hacer – to do/make • I did this project and it was not hicy.
Hacer HICEd to make it.
Poder: to be able to stem-pud • The baby was able to eat “pud”ding
Poder-to be ablePud - Pudding I was able to have pudding after my surgery.
Poder – to be able to • I could trim the pudle.
Poner-to put • My puso cat put on her helmet by herself.
Poner The Indian woman put her baby in the papus.
Querer – to want “Quis” I want a quis!