I have seen lists of stem-changing verbs, and a large group of those are verbs with ei or ie in the stem.

Is the presence of those two-letter combinations an automatic indicator that the verb is stem-changing?

I came across meinen, so there´s at least one. Is that the exception, or the rule?

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Many verbs with /ie/ or /ei/ are strong verbs, mostly belonging to either class I (infinitive with /ei/, e.g. bleiben) or class II (infinitive with /ie/, e.g. fliegen), but not all verbs with /ie/ or /ei/ are strong.

Examples for weak verbs with /ie/: siegen, quieken.

Example for a weak verb with /ei/: zeigen.

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