Learning English Verb
Learning English verb conjugation is very important for proper
speaking, writing and also for your confidence level. Read this
helpful guide to learn more about proper grammar and verb
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What is a verb?
part of English speech that talks about an action, an occurrence or a
state of being.
What is English verb conjugation?
English verb conjugation means that you are changing the verb to show
that you are speaking about a change in person
(past, present, future), gender (or sex of the person speaking),
How do we conjugate a verb?
Many things influence the conjugation of verbs, such as the person,
number, voice, mood, tense and gender of the text. These must be taken
into account when conjugating any verb.
Conjugating by person
In English grammar we conjugate verbs for six different person
types, depending on who you are talking about. This also includes
- First Person Singular – I (for example, I am tall)
- Second Person Singular – You (for example, You are tall)
- Third Person Singular – He/She/It (for example, She is tall)
- First Person Plural – We (for example, We are tall)
- Second Person Plural – You (for example, You are tall)
- Third Person Plural – They (for example, They are tall)
Conjugating by number
Number not only lets you know how many people are involved in the
action, but what person to conjugate the verb in.
For example, when you talk about one person who is not present you can
say, "He is
But if a few people are not present you can say, "they are
Conjugation by voice
This lets you know if the subject is active
. Is the subject performing the action or
is the subject being acted upon?
My professor wrote
that book about politics.
The book about politics was
by my professor.
Conjugation by mood
When we speak about mood
we are speaking about the attitude of the speaker to what is
There are three moods in English grammar: subjunctive, imperative and
subjunctive mood is used by the writer to indicate a request,
requirement, or a condition contrary to a fact.
- You seem as though you were
- If I were
you, I wouldn't say that.
The imperative mood means that a command is being given.
- Just talk
indicative mood asks questions or states facts.
- I sit
- He likes
Conjugation by tense
In English grammar we also conjugate verbs in accordance to the
different verb tenses.
Examples with the verb take:
- Simple past: took
- Simple present: take
- Simple future: will take
- Past progressive: was taking
- Present progressive: is taking
- Future progressive: will be taking
- Past perfect: had taken
- Present perfect: has taken
- Future perfect: will have taken
- Past perfect progressive: had been taking
- Present perfect progressive: has been taking
- Future perfect progressive: will have been taking
So this was the review of proper English verb
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