2

I learned that most infinitives end in -en, with the exception of irregulars like sein. Is the verb erinnern (to remind) also irregular? Are there any other verbs whose infinitive ends in -ern? If so, what are they — regular or irregular?

8

The three common infinitive endings of German verbs are -en, -eln, and -ern. As you already wrote, verbs ending in -en are in the far majority. But the other two are also common:

-eln: e.g. handeln, hebeln, grübeln, gründeln, makeln, lächeln, wechseln … "googeln"

-ern: e.g. ackern, ändern, ärgern, blättern, dauern, eiern, feiern, flimmern, rudern, stochern

The complete list would be pages long. To help you making a guess what the infinitive is, these verbs often have a related noun ending in -el or -er.

  • That is very good to know, and a well-presented answer. Danke! – ktm5124 Sep 25 '17 at 4:50
  • 2
    I did not get the idea of using a related noun to guess the infinitive form of the verb. Ruder --> rudern, okay. As opposed to Grund - gründeln. But ändern? flimmern? stochern? – Christian Geiselmann Sep 25 '17 at 9:01
  • 2
    Hentschel, Weydt: Handbuch der deutschen Grammatik, 4. Aufl., S. 127. – Janka Sep 25 '17 at 11:34

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.