The Potential Form (can) usually is conjugated by replacing whatever verb ending is based on the verb group. However, I noticed that some verbs such as たべられる can also be written as たべれる. What's the distinction between using られる and れる? Moreover, can this also be applied to ichidan verbs?

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    Also, note that 食べる is an ichidan verb. I guess you meant to ask whether it can be applied to godan verbs. Feb 26, 2022 at 11:20

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In a phenomenon called ら抜き, 'ra-omission', the potential form of the 下一段 and 上一段 活用, as well as that of the カ変活, I believe, can be truncated to merely ~れる. This omission is rather marked in its colloquiality, and is consequently frowned upon formally.

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