Now we have the odd group of the irregular verbs: the 르 irregular verbs. Unlike all other groups, these verbs are named after the verb stem’s last syllable.

The Odd Duckling

Unlike all other groups which are named after the verb’s final consonant, the 르 irregular verbs get their name from their final syllable which is ‘르’. This groups while different is actually a pretty straightforward irregular verb. You will understand how it works in no time. The first rule you need to know is, of course, when it becomes irregular. Like the ㅂ irregular verbs or ㄷ irregular verbs, this group of verbs show its true colors when you use a verb ending that starts with a vowel.

When you add a verb ending starting with a vowel to a 르 irregular verb, the existing ㄹ moves to the syllable before the 르 syllable and the ㅡ transforms into another ㄹ that goes to the first verb ending syllable. That might sound a more complicated than it actually is.

  • 모르다 + 아요 = 몰 + ㄹ + 아요 = 몰라요.

This is all there is to know about the 르 irregular verbs. As I said this group of verbs might be a bit different, they are also very straightforward.

르 irregular verbs chart

The Fifth Short List

As always I selected a handful of useful 르 irregular verbs for myself to learn. Some of the verbs are pretty useful to know, especially one of them since it is also used in a few grammar structures. So it might be a good idea to at least know how that one verb works, no? The verbs I selected are: 다르다, 빠르다, 짜르다, 모르다, 부르다, 기르다, 서투르다, 마르다, 고르다, 누르다, 이르다 and 배가 부르다. You can learn these verbs with me using the Memrise course I made.


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