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

 

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

Conjugation of "decir" in El Presente in Spanish

yo

digo

dices

él/ella/Ud.

dice

nosotros / nosotras 

decimos

vosotros / vosotras 

decís

ellos/ellas/Uds.

dicen

Notice how the -e from most forms (except from the nosotros and vosotros form) changes to -i.

The yo form changes the -c from the stem to -g.

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.

Él 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.

Ustedes nunca dicen no.You never say no.

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)

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Examples and resources

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.
Ustedes nunca dicen no.You never say no.
Nosotros maldecimos a nuestros enemigos.We curse our enemies.
Él bendice la mesa antes de cenar todos los días.He says grace before dinner every day.
predices el futuro.You predict the future.
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