Romanian language lesson: The Present Indicative of the verbs in -ea (2nd conjugation)
The verbs with the infinitive ending in „-ea” are considered verbs of the 2nd conjugation.
Some models conjugation are bellow:
A avea (engl. to have), a tăcea (engl. to be silent), a vedea (engl. to see), a bea (engl. to drink)
A avea A tăcea Eu am Eu tac Tu ai Tu taci El / ea are El / ea tace Noi avem Noi tăcem Voi aveți Voi tăceți Ei /ele au Ei / ele tac
A vedea A bea Eu văd Eu beau Tu vezi Tu bei El / ea vede El / ea bea Noi vedem Noi bem Voi vedeți Voi beți Ei /ele văd Ei / ele beau
As we can see from the above examples, the root verbs have a lot of irregular forms. Nevertheless, we can formulate some rules: at the root verb we have to add some endings. For the verbs from the 2nd group, the endings for most of the verbs are, respectively, as follows: Ø, -i, -e, -em, -eți, Ø. The exception is the verb “to drink” (a bea), where the ending is “u” in the 1st person singular.
For most verbs, the 1st person in the singular is homonym with the 3rd person in the plural:
eu văd (I see) = ei văd (they see)
eu beau (I drink) = ei beau (they drink)
The negative form
In order to obtain the negative form, we will add the particle “nu” in front of the verbs.
A vedea A bea Eu nu văd (I don't see) Eu nu beau (I don't drink) Tu nu vezi (you don't see) Tu nu bei (you don't drink) El / ea nu vede (he / she doesn't see) El / ea nu bea (he / she doesn't drink) Noi nu vedem (we don't see) Noi nu bem (we don't drink) Voi nu vedeți (you don't see) Voi nu beți (you don't drink) Ei /ele nu văd (they don't see) Ei / ele nu beau (they don't drink)
Mona Pologea, PhD Linguist, Rolang School, Managing Director