German Verbs

German verbs may be classified as either weak, with a dental consonant inflection, or strong, showing a vowel gradation (ablaut). Both of these are regular systems. Most verbs of both types are regular, though various subgroups and anomalies do arise. The only completely irregular verb in the language is sein (to be). However, textbooks for foreign learners often class all strong verbs as irregular. There are fewer than 200 strong and irregular verbs, and there is a gradual tendency for strong verbs to become weak.

As German is a Germanic language, the German verb can be understood historically as a development of the Germanic verb.

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... Although there are six tenses in German, only two are simple the others are compound and therefore build on the simple constructions ... There are no progressive tenses in standard German ... In colloquial German, there does exist a progressive form, but it is only used with intransitive verbs, for example, am Essen sein meaning "to be eating" ...

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