It’s time to take a look at grammatik (grammar) again. (I bet you’ve savnet – missed – it!) If you … a certain kind of very active words, you can hardly … a sentence. In other words: Verbs are a necessary evil! :-]
Kaja spiser en is. Per spiste en is. Ungerne har spist en is. (Kaja eats an ice-cream. Per ate… The kids have eaten…)
As you know, normal – or ”weak” – verbs are piece of cake in Danish. You have a root (like spis-), you add an ending (-te or -ede in the past tense), and voila! The real trouble comes with the ”strong” verbs, since they’re irregular and you have to learn them by heart. It’s a little bit like learning to count.
If you’re the kind of learner that loves schemes and little tables, however, I’ve got some splendid news for you: There’s a method in the madness!
For example, if you know the inflection (the various forms) of at gå to walk, you can also inflect at få to get (the er/har split has something to do with movement – please don’t mind it too much now!):
at gå – går – gik – er gået
at få – får – fik – har fået
However, here comes to stand: at stå – står – stod – har stået. See? Nothing is clear-cut in the land of strong verbalization! But at least there are some neat patterns for you to lean on!
Have you noticed al the verbs that are inflected like at blive to become?
at blive – bliver – blev – er blevet
at skrive to write – skriver – skrev – har skrevet
at skrige to scream – skriver – skreg – har skreget
at bide to bite – bider – bed – har bidt
at lide to suffer – lider – led – har lidt
Or, with a vowel twist:
at nyde to enjoy – nyder – nød – har nydt
at snyde to cheat – snyder – snød – har snydt
at flyde to float – flyder – flød – har flydt
Then of course there’s also the happy family of verbs echoing at drikke to drink:
at drikke – drikker – drak – har drukket
at finde – finder – fandt – har fundet
at vinde – vinder – vandt – har vundet
Feel free to explore further patterns in your own list of wicked verbs!