Infinitive Verb Form
Should I be learning the infinite verb forms (vara, titta, dricka, etc) with each verb? I thought at first it didn't matter but then I realized that "vara" is used a lot, like jag vill vara författare or something... Will this be taught later in the course? Seems like most are pretty easy and just end with an a, but the irregular ones like vara seem somewhat infrequent and easy to memorize.
If I should be learning them as I go along, is there a way to figure out the infinitive of each, or do I need to look them all up as I come across them?
The infinitives are pretty simple in Swedish.
Infinitives almost always end in A.
So "Kommer" is "Komma". "Hittar" is "Hitta". etc.
There are exceptions, though. Like "Kan" is "Kunna", "Blir" is "Bli", "Går" is "Gå", and a few others.
As far as I know, most people, including myself, consider the infinitives of any language the "main" form of the verb, so it's the form most widely used in dictionaries.
For clarification, do you mean "komma" and "hitta" would be the ones in the dictionaries as infinitive, or kommer/hittar?
The infinite form of the verb "to be" in German is "sein" even though it isn't conjugated that way for any pronoun, so I thought infinitive would be just the main form of the verb that gets modified. Does the infinite in Swedish refer to "att komma" or "kommer"?
"att" does mean "to" in the sense of "to [verb]" (along with a bunch of other things) but, I think... depending on the rest of the sentence, sometimes you have to omit it? So, "Jag tycker om lyssna på radio" = I like to listen to the radio. But "Det är svårt att säga" = It is difficult to say.
I hope those are correct!