Catalan

Conjugate Verbs

Facts

  • Language: Catalan
  • Alternate names: Català, Catalán, Bacavès, Catalonian
  • Language code: cat
  • Language family: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, East Iberian
  • Number of speakers: 6667328
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

The language was born in early Middle Ages in Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain. Catalan is spoken, in Spain, in the provinces of Girona, Lleida (Lerida), Barcelona, Tarragona, Castella de la Plana, Valencia, Alacant, and the Balearic Islands; in France, in nearly the whole of the Pyrenees-Orientales (Rossella); in Andorra where it is the official language; and in parts of Cuba and Argentina.

The Verb

The Catalan verb system has grammatical categories similar to those of neighbouring Romance languages such as Spanish, Occitan, French, and Italian. The formal similarities with Occitan are most noticeable.

One feature of Catalan is the periphrastic preterite tense for referring to the remote past, which is constructed with characteristic present-tense forms of the verb anar (to go) and the infinitive of a verb (vaig parlar, vas/vares parlar, va parlar, vam/vàrem parlar, vau/vàreu parlar, van/varen parlar).

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