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Video:Learn Spanish: How to Conjugate Oir in Preterite Tense

with Milo De Prieto

Learn how to conjugate oir in preterite tense so that you can properly use this Spanish verb. Here are tips for conjugating oir in preterite tense.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Spanish: How to Conjugate Oir in Preterite Tense

Hola, I'm Milo for About.com and today we're talking about conjugating the verb oír, to hear, in the preterite tense, or the simple past. As a quick note "to listen" is escuchar -- the difference in the two words is the same as in English.

Conjugation of Oír in Preterite Tense

Oír is not quite a regular verb but you'll see that it follows some helpful patterns.

  • yo oí: I heard
  • tú oíste: you (informal) heard
  • usted oyó: you (formal) heard / él/ella oyó: he, she heard
  • nosotros oímos: we heard
  • vosotros oísteis: you (plural Spain informal) heard
  • ustedes oyeron: you (plural Latin America, Spain formal) heard / ellos/ellas oyeron: they heard

Tips for Conjugating Oír in Preterite Tense

For questions, the translation would be "did you hear?" You see that oír in the preterite tense is actually very close to regular verbs ending in -er or -ir. The only difference is with el, ella, and usted where it uses a y in place of an i, and then does the same again in the plural. This makes it much easier to remember once you have down the regular verbs. Remember, because the subject is embedded in the verb, you can drop it.

Examples of Oír in Preterite Tense in Sentences

Anoche oí la música de la fiesta de abajo. Last night I heard the music from the party downstairs.

¿Oíste las noticias la semana pasada? Did you hear the news last week?

Usted oyó los ruidos. You heard the noise.

Ella oyó mi opinón de su pelo. She heard my opinion of her hair.

More Examples of Oír in Preterite Tense

Oímos el resultado del partido en la radio. We heard the result of the game on the radio.

¿Qué sonido oísteis? What sound did you hear?

¿Ustedes oyeron lo de las nuevas obras en la calle? You heard about the new streetwork?

Ellos me oyeron mejor que tu. They heard me better than you.

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