Third conjuation verbs (ir)

Those verbs ending in -ir are third conjugation verbs. To form the preterit, called the pretérito, of such verbs in Spanish, do the following:


1. Drop the infinitive ending, -ir. This produces the verb stem. escribir / to write —> escrib

Then add the following endings:

Person Verb conjugated Stem Ending
yo escribí escribí
el / ella escribió escrib
ustedes escribieronescribieron
nosotrosescribimos escribimos
ellos / ellasescribieronescribieron