Irregular verbs

Identifying a few deviating forms means understanding all irregular verbal forms at a glance

As already pointed out, the Core Vocabulary of Romance Plurilingualism (CVRP) and its EuroComDidact ToGo learning app are powerful tools for promoting Romance plurilingualism, especially the receptive competencies. Accordingly to the scientifically controlled construction of the core vocabulary, serial transparency and/or opacity between the CVRP target languages – French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish – are important categories for the didactic analysis of any lexical input. The objective is to enhance the learners’ efficiency to acquire foreign (Romance) languages. The goal also applies, of course, to verbs.

The table reminds us of the Romance conjugation patterns of regular verbs.

All these languages follow the same formation pattern: extension of the word stem by a personnel sign (i.e. fr. aim-ons, pt. pul-o), often combined with a tense or mood indication (fr.  aim-i-ez, it. lava-v-o, pt. chama-v-am, sp. anda-b-a, me permit-a-n). In Italian, an extended form -sc- is possible: finisco, finisci…; capisco, capisci, capisce, but 5. capiamo). Regular verbs maintain the same root in all persons, tenses, and modes; “irregular” verbs, on the other hand, change the radical (essere: sono, sei, siamo, fummo, sarà…).

Following the lexicographic tradition, the CVPR registers the verbs in their infinitive form. The unavoidable disadvantage is a considerable loss of intraserial transparency. To provide two examples: The infinitival pattern of Spanish querer (like, love) is morphologically quite distant from the following forms: indicative present, 1st person singular: quiero, pretérito perfecto simple, 1st person: quise, 2nd person. In French, we find the verb être with: suis, es, sommes, sont, fut, fûmes, allions…. How to create more learning economy in the field? Regarding all the irregular forms of sp. querer, being familiar with only four forms allows you to decipher 36 forms. This outlines once again the virtual efficacy of the intercomprehensive approach..

QUERER, quiero, queres, quer, queremos, quereis, querem, queria, quisera, quis, quererei, queira, quisesse, querer, quer, querido, querendo

A complete list of verb forms can be found and downloaded for free. The highlighted forms signalize transfer bases whose knowledge allows the identification of all forms of the affected verb: