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Old 31st January 2008, 02:40 PM   #1
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Hi there can someone explain or referrer me to a site that explains this a little better? Some infinitive words I can do but others I struggle with for example tener and decir it changes to tena and diga, how does it get the (g's)?
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Old 31st January 2008, 03:22 PM   #2
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I can't find a reference for the reasoning behind these changes - most sites just list them. It is often a phonetic change to make the words "sound" right, especially where there is a c or other consonant that can be pronounced differently depending on the vowel endings. Most of the really irregular verbs are the very common ones and there is probably no common reason for the irregularities - it may even have been passed down from everyday Latin useage.
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Hi there can someone explain or referrer me to a site that explains this a little better? Some infinitive words I can do but others I struggle with for example tener and decir it changes to tenga and diga, how does it get the (g's)?

Like Greytop said, they are irregular verbs and the reason for that g probably has its roots in history, Latin and phonetics. There are some things you just have to learn and not question or wonder too much about the reasons why. For example, have you ever stopped to wonder why the conjugated forms of the English verb "to be" changes into "is, are, was and were" and doesn't look anything at all like its original unconjugated form "be"? Probably not. You just learned what the correct forms were and now you use them without any problems. You don't wonder why they are irregular, you just accept them.
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