In Dreyer/Schmitt, "bäckt" is given as the primary third-person form of "backen". Since I never used this and have not heard it often where I live (Northern Germany), I was very surprised by this and wondered if this could be right. Are both forms still equally valid? Are there regional differences?

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    Here in Franconia "bäckt" is used almost exclusively.
    – 0x6d64
    Jan 21, 2012 at 11:38
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    Additional to the answer check the Duden. The alternatives are mentioned.
    – Em1
    Jan 21, 2012 at 21:12
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Both forms are equally valid. The differences are regional in use, not in meaning. I did find that "backt" is sometimes listed as the more informal of the two, but that may again be regional. Both forms can be used equally, as opposed to something like "buk" (rather dated or extremely formal) vs "backte" (standard) for the past tense.


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