Are all "-ar" verbs quite regular, when forming the gerund?

DavidC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Are all "-ar" verbs quite regular, when forming the gerund?

Inma - Many thanks for this useful lesson.

I am wondering if it might be worth emphasising, at the beginning, that "-ar" verbs all form their gerund quite regularly. Is that true?

That could be reinforced with examples like pensar [> pienso] > pensando;

and (in your category 3): contar [>cuento] > contando.

and maybe even mention in your category 1 that crear > creando is quite regular - (i.e., with no 'y' inserted).

We do appreciate your hard work and dedication !


Asked 3 months ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi David

That's a good point! No, no -ar verbs whatever irregularity they may have in the present or other tenses have an irregular gerundio. I'll add a note to the lesson. 

Gracias y saludos

Inma

DavidC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thank you Inma ...

Another possible suggestion:

Would it be correct (and helpful?) to replace:

2.  Some verbs with an e > i or e > ie stem-change in El Presente swap the -e in the infinitive for an -i

by? -

2.  Most '-ir' verbs with an e > i or e > ie stem-change in El Presente swap the -e in the infinitive for an -i

[(i) Is it true that there are not too many exceptions? - like discernir, concernir; (ii) Assuming that we can exclude almost all '-er' verbs, can we? - like 'perder' > perdiendo]. 

Con saludos agradecidos ...

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola David

I changed "some" by "most" as it's true that there are very few exceptions.

I can't think of any -er verb with a vowel change e > ie that has an irregular gerund:

 

defender, defiendo, defendiendo

perder, pierdo, perdiendo

encender, enciendo, encendiendo

atender, atiendo, atendiendo

entender, entiendo, entendiendo

querer, quiero, queriendo 

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Are all "-ar" verbs quite regular, when forming the gerund?

Inma - Many thanks for this useful lesson.

I am wondering if it might be worth emphasising, at the beginning, that "-ar" verbs all form their gerund quite regularly. Is that true?

That could be reinforced with examples like pensar [> pienso] > pensando;

and (in your category 3): contar [>cuento] > contando.

and maybe even mention in your category 1 that crear > creando is quite regular - (i.e., with no 'y' inserted).

We do appreciate your hard work and dedication !


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