Latvian Verb Family II

Another verb pattern is seen in the verbs varēt “to be able” and gribēt “to want” (among others). Family II verbs will have to be memorized as such, as the ending -ēt is not unique to Family II.

Conjugation begins by creating the verbal stem on which to build the conjugated form. The verbal stem is formed by removing the infinitive ending -ēt (e.g. var-, grib-).

Tagadnē – “In The Present Tense”
To form the present tense, suffix the verbal stem with the endings from the following chart:

Person Singular Plural
1 -u -am
2 -i -at
3 stem alone stem alone

Nākotnē – “In The Future Tense”
To form the future tense, suffix the verbal stem with the endings from the following chart:

Person Singular Plural
1 -šu -sim
2 -si -sit
3 -s -s
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