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SATISFACER (TO SATISFY), IR (TO GO) AND ZURCIR (TO DARN) AMONG THE MOST DIFFICULT VERBS IN SPANISH

‘Satisfacer’ (to satisfy), ‘ir’ (to go) or ‘zurcir’ (to darn) are three of the most difficult verbs in Spanish: ‘Satisfice’ or ‘satisfací? ‘zurzo’ or ‘zurco’? 


The Spanish language, like others languages, has irregular verbs. You will learn many of them reading or following the conjugation of other verbs.

Look closely how change verbal forms in each of them, depending of the verb tense.

Zurcir ( to darn / cerzir)

Look the irregularity in present tense (indicative and subjunctive) and in the imperfect of the subjunctive of this verb that means, mainly, to sew or to darn.

Present tense in the indicative mood: zurzo, zurces, zurce, zurcimos…

Imperfect tense in the indicative mood: zurcía, zurcías, zurcía, zurcíamos…

Past tense: zurcí, zurciste, zurció, zurcimos

Present tense in the subjunctive mood: zurza, zurzas, zurza, zurzamos

Imperfect tense in the subjunctive mood: zurciera, zurcieras, zurciera, zurciéramos

We say:

‘Zurzo el pantalón’.
‘¡Que te zurzan!’

We don’t say:

‘Zurco el pantalón’.
‘Que te zurcan!’

Satisfacer ( to satisfy / satisfazer)

Remeber that this verb that means to achieve something, is conjugated like the Spanish verb ‘hacer’ (to do).

Present tense in the indicative mood: satisfago, satisfaces, satisface, satisfacemos

Past tense: satisfice, satisficiste, satisfizo, satisficimos

Present tense in the subjunctive mood: satisfaga, satisfagas, satisfaga, satisfagamos

We say:

‘Satisfice mis deseos’.
‘No me satisfizo’.

We don’t say:

‘Satisfaco mis deseos’.
‘No me satisfació’.

Ir ( to go / ir)

Look the irregularity in the following verb tenses of this verb of movement that expresses, mainly, the move from one place to another.:

Present tense in the indicative mood: voy, vas, va, vamos

Imperfect in the indicative mood: iba, ibas, iba, íbamos

Past tense: fui, fuiste, fui, fuimos

Present tense in the subjunctive mood: vaya, vayas, vaya, vayamos

Imperfect in the subjunctive mood: fuera, fueras, fuera, fuéramos

We say:

‘Voy al cine’.
‘Fui a Mallorca’.
‘No creo que vaya al concierto’.

We don’t say:

‘Iro al cine’.
‘Irí a Mallorca’.
‘No creo que ira al concierto’.

Madrid, March 28, 2016, Sandra Municio / Practica Español

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