Romanian/Lesson 6

Romanian past tense is different from Present because you are required to use pronouns to indicate who is doing the action. This is because the verb itself does not conjugate and therefore the pronoun is required to.

Pronoun Chart
Person Singular Plural
1st Am Am
2nd Ai Ați
3rd A Au

You may have noticed that the pronouns are nearly identical to the conjugated forms of 'have/has' in Romanian. Keep this in mind when memorizing.

'Merge' Conjugated
Person Singular Plural
1st Mers Mers
2nd Mers Mers
3rd Mers Mers

Above 'Merge' (s/he goes) has been modified for the past tense. Notice how the 'S' ending is used.

'Spus' Conjugated
Person Singular Plural
1st Spus Spus
2nd Spus Spus
3rd Spus Spus

Above 'Spune' (s/he speaks) has been modified for the past tense. Again, notice the replacement of the final consonants with an 'S'.

'Făcut' Conjugated
Person Singular Plural
1st Făcut Făcut
2nd Făcut Făcut
3rd Făcut Făcut

Above 'Face' (s/he does) has been modified for the past tense. See here how, like the other examples the final consonant has been replaced. This makes no sense on paper, as on it paper it hasn't changed. 'C' is 'C'. But it has changed in pronunciation. Rather than being pronounced as 'Fachay', it is pronounced as 'Fuhkoot'. This is a result of the letter 'C' having two alternative sounds in Romanian (it is the only letter to do so). The difference between this example and the other two is that instead of an 'S' at the end, there is a 'T'. Both 'S' and 'T' are used for the Romanian past tense, so when you come across a new vowel, make sure to know if the past tense ends in an 'S' or a 'T'.