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 policemen chase the thief all over the city.

 

Examples and resources

Ella siempre persigue sus sueños.She always pursues her dreams.
Los policías persiguen al ladrón por toda la ciudad.The policemen chase the thief all over the city.
Tú siempre consigues lo que quieres.You always get what you want.
Yo sigo el tour de Francia por la tele.I follow the Tour de France on TV.
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.

Q&A Forum 3 questions, 5 answers

PaulA2Kwiziq community member

Las or Los for Policias?

Should this be "Las Policias" ?? 

Los policías persiguen al ladrón por toda la ciudad
Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Paul,

the word "policía" in Spanish referring to "the police" (the police force) is feminine "la policía".

If we are referring to a policeman or policewoman then we say "el policía" or "la mujer policía". The feminine in singular is not commonly used. I guess this way we distinguish it from the "force", to avoid confusion. In plural, referring to some policemen or policewomen it would be "los policías" or "las policías". 

I will change the sentence in the lesson as it is in plural and should say in English "The policemen", not "the police".

I hope this clarified it.

Un saludo

Inma

Las or Los for Policias?

Should this be "Las Policias" ?? 

Los policías persiguen al ladrón por toda la ciudad

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JohanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

In the question ¿Por qué sigues pensando que no te quiero?

Why is the past participle used after the verb sigues.  Can you point me to the lesson where this structure is explained. Many Thanks

Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Johan

Here is our lesson on Seguir/continuar + gerund.

Saludos

Inma

In the question ¿Por qué sigues pensando que no te quiero?

Why is the past participle used after the verb sigues.  Can you point me to the lesson where this structure is explained. Many Thanks

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RichywinninghamA2Kwiziq community member

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

Asked 10 months ago
RichywinninghamA2Kwiziq community member

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

RichywinninghamA2Kwiziq community member

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

InmaKwiziq team member

No problem Richy. :))

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

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