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If a verb is irregular in one tense, will it also be irregular in all other tenses?

For example, if a verb is irregular in the present tense, will it then necessarily be irregular in the present perfect (end in "-en" rather than in "-t" and/or have its root ...
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Is there a Name for the Change of Vowels in German (Umlaute but also Contractions)?

I often found the change of sounds (vowel to Umlaut or contractions in general, like from the sound ei to ie) of certain irregular verbs, or plurals hard to remember. Also, sometimes I got confused ...
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Is there a reason for the inconsistent use of "-d" and "-t" in the 2nd plural form of "sein"?

This may have been asked before because it seems like something I would have wondered, had I ever learned German via textbook. But I couldn't find it, so I'm asking. Also, I am not sure if such a ...
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Darf "mahlen" ein regelmäßiges Verb genannt werden?

Da das Verb "mahlen" keine Vokaländerung durchmacht, warum ist es nicht regelmäßig? Und wenn es doch regelmäßig ist, warum ist sein Partizip dann "gemahlen" und nicht einfach "...
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Semantic difference between regular and irregular 'backen'

Is there a difference in meaning between the preterite buk, from backen, and backte? If so what is it? Thanks
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Is "wissen" the only verb in German to have an irregular present tense?

More precisely, apart from modal verbs, is "wissen" the only non-modal verb that uses the same form for the 1st and 3rd person singular in Präsens? I can't think of any other verb that does this and I ...
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Irregular Verbs in first and third person plural

For a regular German verb, the infinitive, first person plural and third person plural are the same - e.g. fahren; wir fahren; sie fahren. For almost all of the common irregular verbs I've seen, this ...
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Is "erinnern" irregular?

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, ...
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Konjuntiv II vom Verb sterben: »ich stärbe« vs. »ich stürbe«

Ich habe mehrmals gelesen und mir immer gedacht, dass sich die Formen des Konjunktiv II an den Formen des Präteritum orientieren müssten. Bei regelmäßigen Verben ist kein Unterschied zu merken. Zum ...
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Why do irregular verb lists not show present tense changes?

In most lists of irregular verbs, in particular the list in my Langenscheidt's dictionary, the list contains the infinitive, the past tense, and the past participle forms to show the irregularity. ...
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Warum "wurde" und nicht "ward"?

Heutzutage ist der Präteritumstamm von werden wurde. Früher war es ward. Mir scheint, dass ward die eigentlich regelmäßige Ablautfolge ist (vgl. helfen, werfen). Und doch ward es nicht mehr gesehen....
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How come there are two ways to conjugate the same verb? (e.g. erschrecken)

Take, for sake of concreteness, the verb erschrecken: Du erschrickst vor Kakerlaken (du gerätst in Panik, wenn du Kakerlaken siehst) to be compared with Du erschreckst sie, wenn du trinkst. ...
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Non-natives using strong verbs as they were weak: would this compromise understanding?

Forgetting for a moment about the stated fact that language evolves, would Germans be annoyed if a strong verb was used as it were weak (that is, with the common -te pattern in the past tense and the ...
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Most common Präteritum / Imperfekt forms in written German?

I have a German examination in two weeks, which includes two comprehensions of about CEFR-B1 level. (An example of this exam from 2012 can be found here.) I have worked up to over 2000 of the most ...
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"Fehlen" weak, "empfehlen" strong. But "finden" and "empfinden" both strong. Cases when [some_verb] conjugates differently from [prefix+some_verb]?

Compare this pair: finden - strong conjugation empfinden - strong conjugation [exactly the same] With this pair: fehlen - weak conjugation empfehlen - strong conjugation [different] ...
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Looking for ALL german verbs database

It could be plain text. I need to have there all verbs with all forms written down. I'm afraid I can't use any web source, 'cause I want to create an application that will "read" sample german book ...
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tragen trug getragen but beauftragen beauftragte beauftragt

Could a native German speaker explain to me why the following verbs are irregular tragen trug getragen betragen betrug betragen auftragen trug auf aufgetragen beitragen trug bei beigetragen but ...
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Wie erkärt sich die irreguläre Flexion von "gehen"?

Das unregelmäßige Verb "gehen" wird im Präsens wie folgt gebeugt: ich gehe, du gehst, wir gehen Nur als Partizip und als Nomen findet sich der Wortstamm "-gang-": ich bin gegangen - der Gang, ...
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