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Why are there irregular verbs in languages?
Most irregular verbs exist as remnants of historical conjugation systems. When some grammatical rule became changed or disused, some verbs kept to the old pattern. Verbs such as peep, which have similar form but arose after the Vowel Shift, take the regular -ed ending.
Why do you think that the most used verbs in a language are irregular ones?
According to Wikipedia, most common verbs in English are irregular because they are often derived from Old English verbs that were irregular, while verbs that were borrowed, later, from other languages, and that are not as common, tend to be regular.
Do other languages have irregular verbs?
In those languages the answer is almost always yes. There are also agglutinative languages with highly regular morphology. Finnish and Japanese each have just 2 or 3 irregular verbs. Finnish does have more irregular nouns though. Japanese does not not, although it has suppletion elsewhere for polite vs casual forms.
Is there a language without irregular verbs?
Esperanto is a systematic language; it has consistent, regular rules. The Guinness Book of World Records (I know, I know) claims Esperanto is the only language in which there are no irregular verbs.
How do you explain irregular verbs?
Irregular verbs are verbs that do not follow the normal patterns for tense and past participle. While most English regular verbs use the ending “-ed” for the past tense and participle forms, irregular verbs each have their own unique tense forms and past participles.
Why does French have so many irregular verbs?
Why are French verbs so irregular? – Quora. The most used verbs in many languages tend to irregularity, due to the fact that the more they have been spoken over time, the more they have mutated. People, and the mistakes they make iniate change.
What languages have the most irregular verbs?
Compared to Portuguese, Spanish has so many irregular verbs. So I think 34\% is a fair number for Spanish. I do consider Spanish stem changing verbs irregular since their present forms are not predictable from the infinitive. Furthermore, many Spanish verbs have irregular gerund, and past simple.