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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Verbs in the Present and Past Tenses Reviewer

A tense tells in what time the action of a verb takes place: the present, the past, or the future.

 The Present Tense

The base form of a verb is called the infinitive. Infinitives are composed of the particle word to and
the verb: to sing, to dance, to develop, and so on. In the conjugation of a verb in the present tense, the
particle word to is omitted. The ending -s is added to the verb in the third-person singular.

Pronoun to sleep to hurry to belong
I sleep hurry belong
you sleep hurry belong
he / she / it sleeps hurries belongs
we sleep hurry belong
they sleep hurry belong

Verbs that end in -y change to -ie- in the third-person singular conjugation and then add the ending -s.
However, if the final -y of a verb is preceded by a vowel (a, e, i, o, u), the -y does not change to -ie-.

Pronoun to marry to try to fly to say
I marry try fly say
you marry try fly say
he / she / it marries tries flies says
we marry try fly say
they marry try fly say
For verbs that end in a sound such as -s, -z, -ch, -tch, or -sh, add the ending -es instead of -s in the
third-person singular conjugation of the present tense.
Pronoun to miss to catch to rush
I miss catch rush
you miss catch rush
he / she / it misses catches rushes
we miss catch rush
they miss catch rush

The ending -es is also used as the third-person singular present tense ending for verbs that end in
vowels. For example:

I do / he does
I go / he goes

If a verb already ends in -e, just add -s:

I save / he saves
I believe / he believes

If a noun is used in place of a third-person pronoun, a plural noun will require no ending on the
verb, and a singular noun will require the ending -s:

the men sing / the man sings

boys run / a boy runs

This conjugational usage with nouns follows the pattern of the plural and singular third-person
plural and singular pronouns:

they sing / he, she, it sings they run / he, she, it runs


1. speak 2. listen 3. forgets 4. worries 5. cries 6. answer 7. surprise 8. buries 9. spend 10. becomes 11. sign, leave 12. likes, lends 13. arranges, pays 14. suggest, allow 15. catches, kisses

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