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You reverted one of my adjustments; your editor's note is:
- "Dutch hasn't reduced any endings. The endings used today are direct descendants of the original Middle
- Dutch endings. This is very much *unlike* English. Also consider that Dutch kept the old 2nd person plural ending distinct."
Verb endings did reduce during and since Middle Dutch times, check Aspects of language change in Germanic with particular reference to Middle Dutch.
singular In the example above, when compare the strong verb endings with the 'newer' weak (or regular) verb ending, they already had been reduced from 3 to 2 during the Middle Dutch period. This is still the case in Modern Dutch, comparable with Modern English, but unlike regular verb conjugation in Low German that makes a 3 way distinction in endings like German.
plural As the example shows, Middle Dutch has 2 plural endings for weak (regular) verbs, where Modern Dutch (like Low German and English, but unlike German) has only 1 ending. Compare the conjugation of the regular Modern Dutch verb 'werken': http://en.bab.la/conjugation/dutch/werken
In other words, Dutch and English show in regular verb endings the same degree of reduction, unlike German and Low German.