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Learn provenir conjugation in Pretérito

provenir means: to come from
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In this conjugation lesson we are going to learn how to inflect the verb provenir in the Pretérito tense of the Indicativo mood. It means we will see step by step how to create and translate forms of each grammatical person.

This lesson is specifically about the provenir verb conjugation. For an overview of Simple Tenses conjugation have a look at the Simple Tenses Conjugation Chart.

We also have a Video Presentation on how to conjugate verbs in Pretérito. It’s embedded below, but using the above link you can get additional information on conjugation in this tense as well as explanation of exceptions and special cases.

How to translate Pretérito to English

Note that the English phrases provided below next to each conjugation are not direct translations from Spanish to English. They are usually the closest general equivalents. The example differences are:
  • In Spanish conjugation, there is the form usted in the third person singular. But this person does not translate to the English third person singular. It translates to the so called formal you and uses the inflected form which is most often represented as he/she/it in English conjugation charts.
  • Similar situation happens in the third person plural, where ustedes translates to the English plural formal you but uses the form which corresponds to the they form in English.
  • Tenses are used differently in Spanish and English, so the actual translation should always take into account the context and focus on translating the meaning, not just words.
  • In both languages each verb may have multiple meanings and not every meaning translates directly to the other language. Here also, the context and focusing on the particular meaning helps to create the most accurate translation.

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The ability to accurately locate the desired position on the timeline is a crucial skill for proper use of tenses. So note the timeline in our lessons and visualize it while listening, speaking, reading or writing. After a bit practice you will be able to select the right tense to use much easier.timeline preterito perfecto simple how to conjugate spanish verbs

Step by step instructions

This verb conjugates exactly as venir with pro- added in front of every form
Pretérito belongs to the simple tenses group, which means that all of the conjugated forms are one word long. There are also compound (compuesto) tenses in the Spanish language, where each inflected form consists of two words.
The verb provenir has an irregular conjugation in the Pretérito tense of the Indicativo mood.
This verb belongs to the group which in the Pretérito Perfecto Simple tense conjugates based on an irregular stem, common to each grammatical person.

This group also uses specific endings for each person, but these endings very often happen to match the regular ones.The basis for this conjugation is an irregular stem provinUse the stem provin in each person
Next, add to this irregular stem the endings specific to each person. There are a few irregular among these
Add an irregular ending -e for the first person singular. It is irregular here, but it’s also typical for all the verbs with irregular conjugation in this tense
Add an ending -iste for the second person singular. It is typical for all the verbs conjugating irregularly in this tense, but it so happens that in case of this person it is exactly the same as in regular conjugation of the entire -ir verb group
Add an irregular ending -o for the third person singular. And similarly, it is irregular here, but it’s also typical for all the verbs with irregular conjugation in this tense
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Add an ending -imos for the first person plural. And once more, it is typical for all the verbs conjugating irregularly in this tense, but it so happens that in case of this person it is exactly the same as in regular conjugation of the entire -ir verb group
Add an ending -isteis for the second person plural. And exactly as previously, it is typical for all the verbs conjugating irregularly in this tense, but it so happens that in case of this person it is exactly the same as in regular conjugation of the entire -ir verb group
Add an ending -ieron for the third person plural. Once more, it is typical for all the verbs conjugating irregularly in this tense, but it so happens that in case of this person it is exactly the same as in regular conjugation of the entire -ir verb group

¡Ya está! The conjugation is now complete. That’s the final result:

yoprovineI came from
provinisteyou came from
él/ella/ustedprovinohe/she/it came from
nosotros/nosotrasprovinimoswe came from
vosotros/vosotrasprovinisteisyou came from
ellos/ellas/ustedesprovinieronthey came from
Click to see all conjugation charts of provenir in every tense

But do not end your session yet – it’s important to repeat and practice the material in order to remember it. Check below for some links.

Next Steps to Perfection

  • To practice this conjugation and test your skills try this Conjugation Exercise or the Memory Game
  • To see other conjugation lessons for this verb choose another tense:  
  • For exercises and examples related to provenir visit our Exercise section
  • To see conjugation charts in all tenses for provenir visit the Conjugator
  • To explore other learning materials visit the Study section

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