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Friday, February 10, 2006


Here is a chance for you to have your questions answered by Doctor English. Today’s question is:

I have noticed of late that many otherwise intelligent people do not know (or were never taught) the correct past participle for many irregular verbs. Have they discontinued teaching the conjugation of verbs?

This is a great question and a problem that many students of English, as well as native speakers, struggle with. In fact, the conjugation of verbs is taught to both native and non-native speakers and is the grammatically correct form to use. However many English speakers still do not use the correct forms of verbs.

One of the reasons they do not conjugate the verb is that sometimes it is difficult to remember the correct form, particularly with uncommon verbs. Also, when someone is speaking fluently, they may just use the wrong form by mistake. Finally, there are people who simply use the base form of the verb because it is easier and they feel that it isn’t important to use the correct form. In all cases, however, it is grammatically incorrect to not conjugate the verb.

Thank you for sending your questions. If you have any further queries, please email Doctor English at drenglish@vec.ca.


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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:16 a.m.  

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