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How to get used to verbs?

These verbs are absolutely killing me. Trinke, trinkst, trink, etc. I can't remember them as well as Spanish. For Spanish, I think o, as, a, amos, an (yo, tú, ella/él, nosotros, ellos/ustedes). But to justify, I took it for a few years. Is there a similar "chart" or way to organize which situation to use what?

July 1, 2018

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Of course there are charts (e.g. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~deutsch/Grammatik/PresentTense/Present.html). The endings for present tense are quite regular (auxiliaries and modal verbs are irregular, however), namely: -e, -(e)st, -(e)t, -en, -(e)t, -en. The difficulty is that some verbs change their vowel in 2nd and 3rd person singular (cf. e.g. http://www.nthuleen.com/teach/grammar/stemchangeexpl.html). This has to be learned (by heart!) separately.

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