Conjugate irregular poner and its derivatives in El Pretérito Indefinido (simple past)

Poner and its derivatives componer, disponer, and proponer are irregular verbs in El Pretérito Indefinido that all follow the same pattern: 

yo puse
pusiste
él / ella / Ud. puso
nosotros / nosotras  pusimos
vosotros / vosotras pusisteis
ellos / ellas / Uds.  pusieron
Now listen to these examples:

Yo puse la mesa.
I set the table.

¿Dispusiste todo para recibir a tus invitados?
Did you arrange everything to receive your guests?

¿Tú propusiste ir al cine?
Did you propose going to the cinema?

Este cuadro se compuso a base de diferentes figuras geometricas.
This painting was composed of different geometric figures.

Rossini compuso el Barbero de Sevilla.
Rossini composed the Barber of Seville.

Nosotros propusimos un nuevo candidato para ese trabajo.
We proposed a new candidate for that job.

Vosotros pusisteis la television encima de la mesa.
You put the television on the table.

¿Vosotras compusisteis esa canción?
Did you compose that song?

Ellos no dispusieron de mucho tiempo para hacer el examen.
They did not have much time to take the exam.

Verbs that follow this pattern are:

  • poner (to put)
  • componer (to form / to compose)
  • disponer (to get/  to arrange)
  • proponer (to suggest/ to propose))

Poner and its derivatives belong to a group of verbs that all have an irregular stem but share the same set of endings. See Irregulares en Indefinido/mismas terminaciones.

Examples and resources

¿Tú propusiste ir al cine?
Did you propose going to the cinema?


Este cuadro se compuso a base de diferentes figuras geometricas.
This painting was composed of different geometric figures.


Ellos no dispusieron de mucho tiempo para hacer el examen.
They did not have much time to take the exam.


Yo puse la mesa.
I set the table.


¿Vosotras compusisteis esa canción?
Did you compose that song?


Rossini compuso el Barbero de Sevilla.
Rossini composed the Barber of Seville.


Vosotros pusisteis la television encima de la mesa.
You put the television on the table.


Nosotros propusimos un nuevo candidato para ese trabajo.
We proposed a new candidate for that job.


¿Dispusiste todo para recibir a tus invitados?
Did you arrange everything to receive your guests?


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