Mar 18, 2009, 5:37 PM
Post #23 of 36
.....there's still way too much to try and shove in there. Lately, verbos irregulares en preterito.
Supo, cupo, quiso, tuvo, anduvo, estuvo, hubo, fue. There are about eight very commonly-used verbs that are irregular in the preterite. Saber, caber, querer, tener, haber, estar, ser, decir, traer, hacer, poder, poner, venir. Okay, so thirteen--a few more than eight, and all of them are gotta-have verbs (to be, to have, to want, to say).
Learning their irregular forms is like drilling multiplication tables. Painful, boring, no fun, but eventually it sticks. The good news is the list of weird past-tense verbs is short.
Tener. Tuve. Tuviste. Tuvo. . .Poder. Pude. Pudiste. Pudo. . .
Thirteen verbs, no more. Anything else the textbook throws at you is pretty superfluous.