Arabic is like Hebrew in that the verbs are grouped into categories according to conjugation patterns, and all the verbs with group conjugate the same. So I don't believe there are any irregular verbs.Whodunit said:What about Arabic? I'm sure the word "qara2a" (قرأ) could be considered irregular.
English only has 283 irregular verbs? That almost seems hard to believe. I always thought there were a lot more.English 283
It seems there are quite a few more than that:Josh Adkins said:English only has 283 irregular verbs? That almost seems hard to believe. I always thought there were a lot more.
From chartEnglishpage.com's Irregular Verb Dictionary for English learners contains over 370 irregular verbs used in modern English. To view our Extended Irregular Verb Dictionary, which contains over 470 verbs including rare and antiquated forms.
There are 3104 verbs registered in the RAE (34%) which don't follow a strict regular pattern, but many of them are not very used, or they belong to some conjugation patterns which are not hard to remember.Anne345 said:Spanish 46 !
I don't know if the ablauting verbs in English (take/took, speak/spoke, etc.) should be considered automatically irregular. Ablaut (in English and the other Germanic languages) is a system with its regular patterns and exceptions, just like the "weak" past tense (-ed).English 283
I wonder what this list (which may have been updated/revised in the past 9 years) meant by "+ 4".Finnish >=4 + 4
I agree with this. If negation is a criterion that the creator used, there'd be at least 2 in Chinese, as neither 不有 and 沒要 are unacceptable.What do you mean by irregular verbs?Concerning the 没 and the 不 it's not that simple. Both of them can be used with most of the verb.- 我不去 : I don't go- 我没去 : I did not go.
yiyiyorum? You have one too many yi's there: yiyorum.these numbers are wrong.for example in turkish
İ am saying=Diyorum.
i am eating an apple.=Elma yiyiyorum.
that's all i think
According to my lexicon of basic irregular verbs in Ancient Greek, they are 219.Latin 924
They forgot ancient greek !
They are 159. A couple of examples:How about modern Greek?
Much of the irregularity counted in Greek verbs seems based on irregularity between the main categories (present, aorist, perfect etc.), but I wonder how many examples would be found if we only counted irregularities within these categories.According to my lexicon of basic irregular verbs in Ancient Greek, they are 219..
That's right, but Arabic has only one irregular verb which is رأى ra'aa (to see- past) يرى yaraa (to see- present) it has the root r-'-y but the second one the glottal stop ' is droppd in the present for no reason, it is the only verb that drop it, so it should be, according to the Arabic verb conjugation system yar'aa.Arabic is like Hebrew in that the verbs are grouped into categories according to conjugation patterns, and all the verbs with group conjugate the same. So I don't believe there are any irregular verbs.
I don't think this is fair. The only reason there are so many 'irregular' verbs in Dutch and German is because strong verbs are considered irregular.German 170
Dutch Over 300-350
and also - sink and stinkIs "drink/drank/drunk" and "ring/rang/rung" and "swim/swam/sum" and "begin/began/begun" 4 irregular verbs or one verb class?
我不去 is the negation of 我去 I go.What do you mean by irregular verbs?Concerning the 没 and the 不 it's not that simple. Both of them can be used with most of the verb.- 我不去 : I don't go- 我没去 : I did not go.
So there can be only one pattern that counts as the regular pattern in any given language? That's a silly notion, as you wouldn't count читать as the only regular pattern and говори́ть irregular.and also - sink and stink
Why, of course these are all irregular verbs, Testing. They just belong to the same irregularity pattern, that's all.
And I'm saying that the distinction between a class of irregular verbs and a class of regular verbs is arbitrary and is not really useful/fair for comparison between languages.My experience tells me that those 4 verbs belong to the same irregular verb class, so, they are 4 irregular verbs.
The fact of being a more common and more productive inflection, I'd say. I mean, there is certainly not a clear-cut line between a regular and an irregular verb (or at least in other languages) but that doesn't mean we can reject the label altogether, there are indeed typical paradigms and ones which are rare or even unique in a single verb.What makes "talk/talked/talked" more regular than "swim/swam/swum"?