This is a brief outline of how regular verbs (as opposed to irregular verbs) function in Romanian. There are four different conjugations, and you can tell which conjugation a verb belongs to by looking at the verb ending in the infinitive. The first conjugation ends with a, the second with ea, the third with e and the fourth with i.
Conjugation one ends in
The present tense describes what is happening at this point in time.In English, we commonly use 'am' doing something to describe the present tense. If you asked me what I am doing nowm I would reply "I am writing an explanation of using the present tense in Romanian".
"I write", and "I am writing" in the Romanian present tense and are both translated as eu scriu. There is no 'am doing something' in the present tense. This is the same in the other romance languages. In Romanian, as in English and many other languages, many commonly used verbs are irregular.
A întreba is a verb from the first conjugation (the most common type of conjugation). The a before the verb indicates that the verb is in the infinitive.
|you (plural) ask||întrebați|
A plăcea is a verb from the second conjugation (of which there are not many).
|you (plural) please||plăceți|
A merge (as can be seen from the ending e) is a verb from the third conjugation.
|you (plural) go||mergeți|
A dormi (as can be seen from the ending i) is a verb from the fourth conjugation.
|you (plural) sleep||dormiți|