- On the webpage, the conditional is translated as "could+verb", but I always
thought that it was would+verb! I'm confused. Help?
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- Hi Isaac,
Like is written in Wikipedia:
"Class 6 verbs in modern German: *fahren, graben, laden, schaffen, schlagen,
tragen, waschen*; also *backen, fragen*, though these are usually weak
nowadays; with j-present: *heben, schwören*. The past tense and participle
of *stehen* (*stand*, older *stund*, *gestanden*), which derive from a lost
verb **standen*, also belong to this class."
Take a look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanic_strong_verbs
2007/3/7, Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>:
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> David Parke wrote:
> > What fragen/fahren etc seem to be are Class VI strong verbs.
> My sources say _fragen_ is Class V, with irregularities. Anyway, it is
> in EN, so it doesn't matter.
> _Fahren_ is Class VI, indeed.
> > These follow the paradigm *a-*ô-*a
> > Sometimes the vowel can i-mutate to *e (as in EN heave)
> > eg EN draw/drew/drawn
> > DE tragen/trug-/getragen
> > EN slay/slew/slain
> > DE schlagen, schlug-, geschlagen
> I am afraid, irregularities in these verbs are cause by different fate of
> PG -g-, esp in EN, where it became typically a diphthong-forming element
> Middle EN period.
> > stehen/staan/stå/stand possibly fit into this class. (Loss of nasal is
> bit confusing, as is the German "eh" vowel rather than *ah)
> History says _standan_ is Class VI, too.
> -- Ynggwair (aka Yitzik)