Talking about rats and mice, do you know why they are called rodents? Because they roen. In Spanish, roer means to gnaw. They are roedores because they roen.
This is the only Spanish verb I can recall that has 3 different choices for the present yo form. In the present tense, this verb is regular and irregular at the same time. Because the present subjunctive is formed from the yo form of the present indicative, the present subjunctive has 3 forms for each person! The imperative has also 3 choices. Use the one you like best. If you use yo roo, then the verb is regular, otherwise is irregular.
roer, to gnaw
A very similar Spanish verb, raer (to scrape off), has two different options for the yo form of the present indicative tense as well. Yo raigo o yo rayo. Yo rayo collides with the verb rayar (to scratch). http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/SrvltConsulta?TIPO_BUS=3&LEMA=raer
Yacer, to be lying, to lie, also has 3 different choices for the present indicative yo form: yazco o yazgo o yago. This verb is used mostly for dead people, so we hardly ever say yo yazgo or yo yasco or yo yago.
Important. If you ever get a hamster, they hibernate so deeply that they look dead. They get rigid, cold, and totally unresponsive, and many people who are not familiar with these little rodents get rid of them (and most probably they won’t wake up again).
Hibernate= invernar. Winter= invierno.
Originally published on 20100819. Latest update 20210428 (spanishNY.com) top