Early Contemporary Swedish
Early Contemporary Swedish differed from the Swedish spoken today in the way that verbs agreed in number. Compared with Late Modern Swedish? there were no more inflection for person in plural forms.
Swedish language periods
|Early Old Swedish?||1225-1375|
|Late Old Swedish?||1375-1526|
|Early Modern Swedish?||1526-1750|
|Late Modern Swedish?||1750-1880|
|Early Contemporary Swedish||1880-|
The infinitive forms of Swedish verbs end in a vowel, which in almost all cases is the letter a.
Verbs are conjugated according to tense and number.
Sample weak verb: kalla
In weak verbs the number is distinguished in present only.
(Compare these verb forms with corresponding conjugations in today's Swedish.)
- kalla to call,
- söka to search,
Sample strong verb: skriva
In strong verbs the number is distinguished both in present and past.
- Barðal, Jóhanna et al.. Nordiska. Våra språk förr och nu. Lund, 2001.