As i have heard, there were 2 types of e's, one got creating through connecting "a" + "i" (which i think is the e for 已然形) and one through "i + a" (which i think is the e for 命令形),

And since the suffix り apparently developed through fusion of auxiliary verb あり + 四段 in 連用形 (like 書き + あり = 書けり), that means it should be "i (as in kaki) + "a" (as in ari), which means its a fusion of 命令形 right? am i correct on this?

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    It's not clear to me what you mean by "an e". Are you talking about verb stems ending with that vowel sound or something like that? Mar 7 at 2:26
  • Are you asking the /e/ sound before り went through the same sound change as 命令形, or are you actually asking if that /e/ sound was grammatically 命令形?
    – aguijonazo
    Mar 7 at 6:44


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