Irregular yo forms
- go verbs

This set of verbs with irregular yo forms is called "-go verbs" because the conjugated yo form of all these verbs ends with -go. Remember, the other forms of these verbs follow the regular pattern for the present tense endings.

Here are the five most common verbs with the "-go" yo form with other forms being regular:

hacer
to do, to make
poner
to put, to place
salir
to leave, to go out
caer
to fall
caer bien to get along
traer
to bring
yohagopongosalgocaigotraigo
hacesponessalescaestraes
Ud.,él,ellahaceponesalecaetrae
nosotroshacemosponemossalimoscaemostraemos
vosotroshacéisponéissalíscaéistraéis
Uds.,ellos/ashacenponensalencaentraen


So, you see, these verbs are actually quite easy to use. Examples of usage are:

Mi hermano hace la tarea a las dos, pero yo la hago a las seis.
My brother does his homework at 2:00, but I do it at 6:00.

Yo les caigo bien con todos.
I get along (well) with everyone.

Now, there are three other important verbs that are not only -go verbs, but are also stem-changing verbs! Yes, some verbs in Spanish contain more than one kind of change :) but with practice it will become something you don't even have to think about.

First, click here to review stem-changing verbs. Now, here are three common/useful verbs that stem-change and have a -go yo form:

tener
to have
venir
to come
seguir*
to follow, to continue
yotengovengosigo
tienesvienessigues
Ud.,él,ellatienevienesigue
nosotrostenemosvenimosseguimos
vosotrostenéisvenísseguís
Uds.,ellos/astienenvienensiguen


*Another group of verbs that have yo forms that end in -go are verbs whose infinitives end in -guir. Two examples besides seguir are extinguir (to extinguish) and distinguir (to distinguish). The yo form drops the -uir and then adds the -o. All other forms keep the -u. The complete conjugation of distinguir follows:

yo distingo
distingues
Ud., él,ella distingue
nosotros distinguimos
vosotros distinguís
Uds.,ellos/as distinguen


The verbs presented here are very common and it is worth your time to memorize them as you learn Spanish better. You will come across these -go verbs quite often.

So now let's practice: Go back to Top of lesson

Práctica

Use the underlined verb from the first part of the sentence to complete the thought with the new subject in the second part of the sentence.
1. Mi hermana tiene 14 años y yo _____ doce.
2. Yo salgo de la casa temprano, mi amigo _____ tarde.
3. Yo trato de (try) extinguir el fuego, pero al fin, los bomberos _____ el fuego.
4. Ana y Paulina traen música a la fiesta. ¿Qué _____ tú?
5. El señor Hamilton nunca cae cuando patina, pero yo siempre _____.
6. Arturo viene a las tres. ¿A qué hora _____ Uds.?
7. Los otros estudiantes siguen las instrucciones. ¿_____ vosotros las instrucciones también?
8. Enrique y Pilar hacen el proyecto después de la escuela. ¿Cuándo _____ el proyecto nosotros?
9. Yo no puedo distinguir entre esas gemelas. ¿Cómo _____ tú entre ellas?
10. ¿Pones tu ropa en el armario? Yo _____ la mía en el tocador.

Answers coming soon.

Now onto the next set of verbs that have yo forms that are irregular; verbs whose infinitive ends in -cer or -cir.

Click here to go back to the Irregular Yo form starting page

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