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Verbs

“Argüir” (to argue), “caber” (to fit) and “huir” (to run away) among the most difficult verbs in Spanish

“Argüir” (to argue), “caber” (to fit) and “huir” (to run away) are another three Spanish verbs that have a difficult conjugation and that it has caused headache both native speakers and students of Spanish at some time. “Cabo” or “quepo”? “Arguyo” or “arguio”? “Huyo” or “huio”?


Argüir ( to argue / argüir)

Look the irregularity in the following tenses of this verb that means, mainly, ‘to give reasons’:

Present tense in the indicative mood: arguyo, arguyes, arguye, argüimos, argüís

Past tense in the indicative mood: argüí, argüiste, arguyó, argüimos, argüisteis

Present tense in the subjunctive mood: arguya, arguyas, arguya, arguyamos, arguyáis

We say:

‘Arguyó que ese es el problema’.

We don’t say:

‘Argüió que ese es el problema’.

Caber (to fit / caber)

Look the irregularity in the following tenses of this verb that means, mainly, ‘to be contained within something’:

Present tense in the indicative mood: quepo, cabes, cabe, cabemos

Past tense in the indicative mood: cupe, cupiste, cupo, cupimos

Present tense in the subjunctive mood: quepa, quepas, quepa, quepamos

Imperfect tense in the subjunctive mood: cupiera, cupieras, cupiera, cupiéramos

We say:

‘¡Que no te quepa ninguna duda de que ganará el torneo!’

‘Los libros no cupieron en la maleta’.

We don’t say:

‘¡Que no te caba ninguna duda de que ganará el torneo!’

‘Los libros no cabieron en la maleta’.

Huir ( to run away / fugir)

Look the irregularity in the following tenses of this verb that means, mainly, ‘to get away of a place very fast to avoid a damage or danger’:

Present tense in the indicative mood: huyo, huyes, huye, huimos

Past tense in the indicative mood: hui, huiste, huyó, huimos

Present tense in the subjunctive mood: huya, huyas, huya, huyamos

We say:

‘El ladrón huyó en una furgoneta’.

‘¡No huyas, cobarde!’

We don’t say:

‘El ladrón huió en una furgoneta’.

‘¡No huias, cobarde!’

Sandra Municio / Practica Español

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