stem change verbs

is there a way to tell if a verb is a stem change verb by looking at the infinitive or you just have to memorise it as you go along

3 years ago


Maybe someone has a genius delineation, but I thought you basically just had to memorize them. That said, once you're familiar with the main groups, you'll start to "hear" where others fit in. (Like, even if you didn't learn "hervir" as an e-ie changer, you'll hear that "herves" sounds wrong and will want to make it say "hierves" instead.

Unit Three here is another good resource.

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From the top of my head, I think any infinitive verb that ends in "cer" is a stem changer. e.g. merecer, parecer, amanecer, agradecer, conocer etc...

3 years ago
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