Esse vs Isst - question regarding why the spelling changes.
I am curious to know why the spelling changes when you use the word esse and isst?
I am sure this question has been asked before but i would just like simple explanation. I understand how to use the verbs, so not asking specifically how to say i eat vs we eat (ich esse, wir essen).
I eat, Ich Esse (First Person, Singular) you Eat, Du Isst (Second Person, Singular)
I just get why letters change when the "Person" of the sentence changes.
essen is an irregular verb. There is no rule why we do that, maybe our ancestors decided that 'du esst' doesn't sound as badass as 'du isst'.
It gets even weirder when you come to the Präteritum tense, when we somehow decide that it is "du aßt". Even as a native speaker I think that sounds wrong. Maybe the verb is cursed.