Do all regular Dutch infinitives end in -en?
Do all regular Dutch infinitive forms of verbs end in -en? Are all the regular verbs conjugated the same way?
In the present tense they indeed are, but in the past tense they aren't. ‘I cooked’ is ‘Ik kookte’ and ‘I played’ is ‘Ik speelde’. So you can see that some end in ‘te’ and others in ‘de’. If I'm correct (which I'm 99% sure I am) then if the last letter of the stem of a verb is voiced, then use ‘de’ (or ‘den’ for plural subjects) and if the last letter of the stem is voiceless, use ‘te’ (and again ‘ten‘ for plural subjects). And unfortunately there are lots of irregulars. But there are lots in English too. And as a kid you learned these aswell so? Some examples are: I slept = Ik sliep, I ate = Ik at, I went = Ik ging, we wrote = wij schreven, we smelled = wij roken (which also means we smoke in the present tense). And verbs that are irregular in English don't have to be irregular in Dutch and vice versa, such as: I looked = Ik keek and I ran = Ik rende. Succes with learning!