Conjugate -er verbs with o > ue change in El Presente de Subjuntivo (present subjunctive)

Spanish -er verbs that undergo a stem change o>ue in El Presente have the same stem change in El Presente de Subjuntivo.

Have a look at these two verbs:

volver (to return) 

mover (to move)

This table shows these two verbs in El Presente de Subjuntivo:

 

VOLVER

to return

MOVER
to move
 yo vuelva mueva
  vuelvas muevas

él / ella
usted

vuelva mueva
nosotros 
nosotras
volvamos movamos
vosotros 
vosotras

volváis

mováis
ellos / ellas
ustedes
vuelvan muevan

 

Notice how the -o- from the infinitive has changed to a -ue- in all forms except for nosotros and vosotros.

The endings are the same as other regular -er verbs in El Presente de Subjuntivo.

Other verbs affected by this change are:

  • Devolver (to return [something])
  • Remover (to stir)
  • Promover (to promote)
  • Disolver (to dissolve)
  • Envolver (to wrap)
  • Demoler (to demolish)
  • Cocer (to boil)

Dudo que vuelva antes de las 5.
I doubt I'll be back before 5.

No vuelvas con él; es un mentiroso.
Don't go back with him; he's a liar.

No creo que ella vuelva a ese bar tan cutre.
I don't think she'll go back to that shabby bar.

Movamos estas cajas a ese lado.
Let's move these boxes to that side.

Cuando mováis los muebles tened cuidado.
When you move the furniture be careful. (you = plural informal)

Por favor, no muevan ustedes esos papeles de sitio.
Please, do not move those papers around. (directed at "you" plural formal)

¿Quieres que yo cueza la pasta?
Do you want me to boil the pasta?

Está bien que promuevan sus descuentos con folletos.
It's good that they promote their discounts with brochures.

Es una pena que demoláis el edificio.
It's a pity that you are demolishing the building. (you = plural informal)

Be extra careful as some verbs that undergo the o>ue stem change also have have a consonant change to keep the sound of their infinitive. For example: "cocer" (to boil)

cocer → yo cueza

See the Comprehensive list of Spanish Stem-changing Verbs: present tense (o > ue)

Examples and resources

¿Quieres que yo cueza la pasta?
Do you want me to boil the pasta?


Cuando mováis los muebles tened cuidado.
When you move the furniture be careful. (you = plural informal)


Movamos estas cajas a ese lado.
Let's move these boxes to that side.


Por favor, no muevan ustedes esos papeles de sitio.
Please, do not move those papers around. (directed at "you" plural formal)


No creo que ella vuelva a ese bar tan cutre.
I don't think she'll go back to that shabby bar.


Dudo que vuelva antes de las 5.
I doubt I'll be back before 5.


Es una pena que demoláis el edificio.
It's a pity that you are demolishing the building. (you = plural informal)


No vuelvas con él; es un mentiroso.
Don't go back with him; he's a liar.


Está bien que promuevan sus descuentos con folletos.
It's good that they promote their discounts with brochures.


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