Verbs

There are two classes of verbs in Kryptonian. Class 1 verbs are all regular and conjugate with verb suffixes for tense and aspect (fig. 2). Class 2 verbs, on the other hand, are irregular; they have a simple future, present, and past tense only, and do not take the tense/aspect verb suffixes.

Class 1 Verbs

The vowel chart forms a basis for understanding the verb suffixes for class one verbs. Compare the vowels on the chart (fig. 1) with the vowels found in the verb suffixes (fig. 2).

The Vowel Chart
i
/i/
O
/ao/
u
/u/
E
/e/
e
/eh/
o
/o/
A
/a/
U
/uh/
a
/ah/
fig. 1
Verb Suffixes
Progressive Perfective Simple
Future
!
/i/
@
/ao/
#
/u/
Present
$
/es/
%
/ehth/
^
/odh/
Past
&
/as/
*
/uhsh/
(
/ahzh/
fig. 2

The root of a class 1 verb without a verb suffix creates the potential form of the verb - "able to." With that in mind, we can see how a class 1 verb conjugates with the following example in figure 3.

Conjugation Example
ewö
/ehwor + Ø/
able to speak
ewö!
/ehwor + i/
will be speaking
ewö@
/ehwor + ao/
will have spoken
ewö#
/ehwor + u/
will speak
ewö$
/ehwor + es/
am/are speaking*
ewö%
/ehwor + ehth/
have spoken
ewö^
/ehwor + odh/
speak*
ewö&
/ehwor + as/
was speaking
ewö*
/ehwor + uhsh/
had spoken
ewö(
/ehwor + ahzh/
spoke
fig. 3
English Tense Translations

English does not have a simple present tense equivalent to Kryptonian. In English a present action is indicated with the present progressive, "I am doing ...," while the simple present, "I do ...," is used to indicate a habitual action. Please keep this distinction in mind when translating text to or from English.

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