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Lesson 5 - 4

Regular past


Let's turn regular. Cool! But wait...regular past isn't that regular. We actually encounter three different regular suffixes.

First of all, the (regular) verbs that end in a vowel different than e take the suffix -dde in the past tense; in our temporary list from the previous page, we only find two:

to live bo bor bodde
to have ha har hadde


Next group of regular verbs are those that take the suffix -et (optionally -a, but we'll work only with -et here). All these already end with an -e in infinitive, so in practice you just need to add -t. Let's say for now that this is the case for verbs that have a k (although the issue is a bit more complicated) just before the last e in the infinitive form:

to speak / talk snakke snakker snakket
to love elske elsker elsket

So there's one regular group left...

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