Conjugate poner in El Presente (present tense)

Poner (to put) is irregular in El Presente, but only in the 'yo' form. The rest of the endings are regular:

yo pongo
pones
él / ella / Ud. pone
nosotros / nosotras
ponemos
vosotros / vosotras
ponéis
ellos / ellas / Uds.   ponen

Look at and listen to these examples:

Yo pongo las llaves en la estantería.
I put the keys on the shelf.

pones la mesa para cenar.
You set the table for dinner.

¿Usted pone azúcar en el café?
Do you take sugar in your coffee?

Nosotros ponemos siempre sal en la comida.
We always put salt in the food.

Vosotros ponéis mucho esfuerzo durante el entrenamiento.
You put in a lot of effort during training.

Ellas ponen la toalla debajo de la sombrilla.
They put the towel under the parasol.

For more verbs that follow a similar pattern, see:
Verbos yo -go (presente)

 

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Yo pongo las llaves en la estantería.
I put the keys on the shelf.


pones la mesa para cenar.
You set the table for dinner.


Ellas ponen la toalla debajo de la sombrilla.
They put the towel under the parasol.


¿Usted pone azúcar en el café?
Do you take sugar in your coffee?


Nosotros ponemos siempre sal en la comida.
We always put salt in the food.


Vosotros ponéis mucho esfuerzo durante el entrenamiento.
You put in a lot of effort during training.


Q&A

Sue

Kwiziq community member

27 April 2019

2 replies

I'm confused about the correction "me pone" . Not "pongo" ?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

27 April 2019

27/04/19

Hola Sue

In this sentence: "¿Me pone un café, por favor?, you need to conjugate it in the 3rd person singular (usted). "Me pone..." is an idiom used when you order something in a bar. It would be the equivalent to "May I have...?" or "I'd like..." 

When we use this structure, you must think of the literal translation in Spanish which is:

Do you put me a coffe, please? 

I know it sounds really weird but this is one way to order something in a bar in Spain.

So, "pone" is poner conjugated in the 3rd person singular formal for usted, "do you put...?

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Inma

Sue

Kwiziq community member

28 April 2019

28/04/19

Yes!  ¡Gracias! I realized this a little later.  Thank you for the detailed explanation!

John

Kwiziq community member

9 July 2018

1 reply

Poner vs Poder?

Why is it pones but puedes? Both words start with "po."

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

9 July 2018

9/07/18

Hola John

There are certain verbs that undergo vowel changes when they are conjugated in the present. These verbs aren't grouped depending on how they are written. It is random verbs. So these two verbs "poner" and "poder" both have stem-changes but different ones:

Poner (to put)

Yo pongo

Poder (to be able to)

Yo puedo

I hope this helped.

Inma

Let me take a look at that...