4A: B2 Verbs

This lesson introduces a new group of verbs, the B2 group. Look at the table below and compare the ending of B2 verbs with the other groups you have already seen. 

Α-ω without accente.g. γράφω
B1-άω/-ώ with accent e.g. αγαπάω/αγαπώ
Β2e.g. θεωρώ
ABVerbs that end in -ω without accent but have different endings than Type A Verbs. These are seven verbs.πάω, λέω, ακούω, τρώω, κλαίω, καίω, φταίω

In the table below, you can see the conjugation of the verb θεωρώ (“consider, regard”) from group B2.


Does the conjugation of θεωρώ look familiar? Compare it with the conjugation of -εω contract verbs in Ancient Greek, like ποιέω.


The two are very similar, but in Modern Greek, only the contracted forms of the verbs appear.


Not all -εω contract verbs in Ancient Greek belong to the B2 group in Modern Greek. Sometimes, they instead belong to other groups: Ancient Greek φιλέω, for instance, becomes φιλάω in Modern Greek, a B1 verb conjugated like αγαπάω, and not like θεωρώ. However, B2 verbs in Modern Greek endings that are so similar to -εω contract verbs in Ancient Greek that comparing them side by side is a helpful way to learn them.