Conjugate stem-changing (e > i) verbs: seguir, conseguir, perseguir in El Presente (present tense)

Seguir and its derivatives: conseguir, perseguir are semi-regular verbs in Spanish in El Presente.

Have a look at this table:

  SEGUIR
to follow
CONSEGUIR
to achieve /to be able
PERSEGUIR
to chase
 yo sigo consigo persigo
  sigues consigues persigues

él / ella / usted

sigue consigue persigue
nosotros / nosotras 
seguimos conseguimos perseguimos
vosotros / vosotras 
seguís conseguís perseguís
ellos / ellas / ustedes 
siguen consiguen persiguen

Notice:

  • how the vowel -e- becomes -i- EXCEPT for nosotros/nosotras and vosotros/vosotras where it remains -e-.
  • how in the yo form -gu- is replaced with a -g-.

Look at and listen to these examples:

Yo sigo el tour de Francia por la tele.
I follow the Tour de France on TV.

Tú siempre consigues lo que quieres.
You always get what you want.

Ella siempre persigue sus sueños.
She always pursues her dreams.

Nosotros seguimos el rastro del asesino.
We're following the killer's trail.

Vosotros conseguís llegar puntuales todos los días a trabajar.
You manage to arrive on time to work every day.

Los policías persiguen al ladrón por toda la ciudad.
The police chase the thief all over the city.

 

Examples and resources

Ella siempre persigue sus sueños.
She always pursues her dreams.


Yo sigo el tour de Francia por la tele.
I follow the Tour de France on TV.


Tú siempre consigues lo que quieres.
You always get what you want.


Vosotros conseguís llegar puntuales todos los días a trabajar.
You manage to arrive on time to work every day.


Nosotros seguimos el rastro del asesino.
We're following the killer's trail.


Los policías persiguen al ladrón por toda la ciudad.
The police chase the thief all over the city.


Q&A

Richywinningham

Kwiziq community member

3 April 2019

3 replies

The question in the knowledge check was "Usted ________ todo lo que quiere." I chose "consigue", but it said the correct answer was "consigues"...

Richywinningham

Kwiziq community member

3 April 2019

3/04/19

Can someone explain why the answer is "consigues" and not "consigue"? Thanks.

Richywinningham

Kwiziq community member

3 April 2019

3/04/19

Sorry, I looked at it again and I had it backwards, the site reported the correct answer as "consigue". Sorry for the confusion.

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

3 April 2019

3/04/19

No problem Richy. :))

Let me take a look at that...