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Conjugate huir and construir in El Presente (present tense)

Huir (to run away) and construir (to build) are irregular verbs in Spanish in El Presente.

Have a look at this table:

  HUIR
to run away
CONSTRUIR
to build
 yo huyo
construyo
  huyes construyes

él / ella / usted

huye
construye
nosotros / nosotras huimos construimos
vosotros / vosotras huis
construís
ellos/ ellas /ustedes
huyen
construy
en


 

Notice how for these verbs, the vowel -i- becomes -y- 

EXCEPT for nosotros/nosotras and vosotros/vosotras where it remains -i-

Notice how for the vosotros forms: "huis" and "construís" the first does not have an accent [´] because it is a monosyllabic word, while the second one does because it has more than one syllable.

Look at and listen to these examples:

Yo construyo una casa.
I'm building a house.

huyes del incendio.
You're running away from the fire.

Ella construye un puente.
She's building a bridge.

Nosotros huimos de los bombardeos.
We're running away from the bombing.

Vosotros construís un palacio.
You're building a palace.

Ellos huyen de la lluvia.
They're running away from the rain.

 

See also: List of Spanish Irregular -uir verbs (i > y) in the present and past tenses.

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Examples and resources

Nosotros huimos de los bombardeos.
We're running away from the bombing.


huyes del incendio.
You're running away from the fire.


Vosotros construís un palacio.
You're building a palace.


Yo construyo una casa.
I'm building a house.


Ellos huyen de la lluvia.
They're running away from the rain.


Ella construye un puente.
She's building a bridge.


Q&A

William

Kwiziq community member

21 October 2017

5 replies

Ending of huir 2nd person plural

The ending in the verb table for vosotros needs an accent? No?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

21 October 2017

21/10/17

Hola William, "huis" doesn't have an accent because it is a monosyllable word. However "construís", where the stress is also on the "i" needs the accent as it is a more than one syllable word and it finishes in consonant "s". We will soon have a lesson about accents. Thanks for pointing out the omission. We are adding that information to the lesson.

William

Kwiziq community member

24 October 2017

24/10/17

Matias, Mateo y tú HUIS del asesino. Matias, Mateo and you are running away from the assassin.

I answered this question without using the accent. The response was '"nearly right" and suggested the accent should be included.

In Harrap's book of common Spanish Verbs the accent is included, On the attached verb conjugation website the accent is also included.

http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-spanish-verb-huir.html

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

30 November 2017

30/11/17

Hola William, we are following The Royal Spanish Academy's accentuation rules from 2010 and these say that all monosyllabic words containing the diphthong "ui" and ending by -s are not accentuated anymore. It is possible that you find some websites or resources still admitting this accent in such case but unfortunately it is not correct anymore. I hope this explanation helps! Thanks for your contribution.

William

Kwiziq community member

30 November 2017

30/11/17

Yes, it does. Thank you

William

Kwiziq community member

5 December 2017

5/12/17

Can I suggest include a comment that accent is no longer required on this page?
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