Conjugate decir and its derivatives in El Presente (present tense) : predecir, bendecir, maldecir

Decir (to say/tell) is semi-regular in El Presente. It has regular endings but the stem changes in a number of forms:

yo

digo

dices

él/ella/Ud.

dice

nosotros / nosotras 

decimos

vosotros / vosotras 

decís

ellos/ellas/Uds.

dicen

Here are some examples to look at and listen to:

Yo digo lo que pienso.
I say what I think.

predices el futuro.
You predict the future.

El bendice la mesa antes de cenar todos los días.
He says grace before dinner every day.

Nosotros maldecimos a nuestros enemigos.
We curse our enemies.

Vosotros decís siempre la verdad.
You always tell the truth.

Ellos dicen que no vienen a la reunión.
They say they are not coming to the meeting.

Verbs that follow this pattern are:
  • decir (to say/tell)
  • predecir (to predict)
  • bendecir (to bless)
  • maldecir (to curse)

For more verbs that follow a similar pattern, see: 
Verbos yo -go (presente)

Examples and resources

El bendice la mesa antes de cenar todos los días.
He says grace before dinner every day.


predices el futuro.
You predict the future.


Vosotros decís siempre la verdad.
You always tell the truth.


Ellos dicen que no vienen a la reunión.
They say they are not coming to the meeting.


Yo digo lo que pienso.
I say what I think.


Nosotros maldecimos a nuestros enemigos.
We curse our enemies.


Q&A

Sue

Kwiziq community member

2 May 2018

2 replies

What is the difference between 'semi-regular' and 'irregular' when describing changes in verbs

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

2 May 2018

2/05/18

Hola Sue

Semi-regular verbs are those that undergo a "stem change" in some tenses, but they maintain the regular endings. For example: empezar=to start -present tense (yo empiezo, tú empiezas, él empieza...). However totally irregular verbs are those that ungergo a "complete change" both in the stem and the endings. For example: ir=to go -preterite (yo fui, tú fuiste, él fue...).

I hope this made it a bit clearer.

Saludos

Inma

Sue

Kwiziq community member

2 May 2018

2/05/18

Thank you I understand now, people use different terminology in fact the way you've explained is much clearer.
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