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Conjugate hacer in El Pretérito Indefinido (simple past)

The verb hacer (to do/make) is irregular in El Pretérito Indefinido:

yo

hice

hiciste

él/ella/Ud.

hizo

nosotros

hicimos

vosotros

hicisteis

ellos/ellas/Uds.

hicieron

In the third person singular (él/ella/usted), you need to change the c for a z. This is to keep the [ss] pronunciation, otherwise "hico" would be pronounced [hiko]! 

Here are some examples to look at and listen to:

Yo hice la compra ayer.I did the shopping yesterday.

¿Hiciste las maletas?Did you pack?

Ella hizo una tarta para mi cumpleaños.She made a cake for my birthday.

Nosotros hicimos los deberes.We did our homework.

Vosotros hicisteis el camino a pie.You made your way on foot.

Ellas hicieron un gran esfuerzo para llegar a tiempo.They made a big effort to be on time.


Hacer belongs to a group of verbs that all have an irregular stem but share the same set of endings. To learn more about this have a look at Irregulares en Indefinido/mismas terminaciones.

Other related lessons Conjugate ser in El Pretérito Imperfecto (imperfect tense)

Examples and resources

Ellas hicieron un gran esfuerzo para llegar a tiempo.They made a big effort to be on time.
¿Hiciste las maletas?Did you pack?
Yo hice el examen ayer.I sat the exam yesterday.
Nosotros hicimos un viaje por África.We took a trip through Africa.
Yo hice la compra ayer.I did the shopping yesterday.
Vosotros hicisteis el camino a pie.You made your way on foot.
Nosotros hicimos los deberes.We did our homework.
Ella hizo una tarta para mi cumpleaños.She made a cake for my birthday.

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JohnB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Changing c to z

Hola,

Just to say that it is really helpful to get an explanation why these spelling changes are necessary. It helps to reinforce understanding of how and when this happens with other verbs as well, and can be invaluable when you forget how a verb is conjugated, but are able to work it out from examples like this.

Many Thanks. John


Asked 1 month ago

Changing c to z

Hola,

Just to say that it is really helpful to get an explanation why these spelling changes are necessary. It helps to reinforce understanding of how and when this happens with other verbs as well, and can be invaluable when you forget how a verb is conjugated, but are able to work it out from examples like this.

Many Thanks. John


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