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Conjugation (/ˌkɒn.ʤju:ˈgeɪ.ʃən/) is the creation of derived forms of a verb from its principal parts by morphological inflection. The majority of English verbs show little conjugation.
Form[edit | edit source]
For example, the following table gives the conjugations of the English verb be in the indicative mood in the present and past tenses:
|First person||Dual||I am||we are||I was||we were||I be||we be||I were||we were|
|Second person||Dual||you are||you are||you were||you were||you be||you be||you were||you were|
|Third person||Masculine||he is||they are||he was||they were||he be||they be||he were||they were|
|Feminine||she is||she was||she be||she were|
|Neuter||it is||it was||it be||it were|
The majority of English verbs show little conjugation. Here, for example is the regular verb want:
|First person||Dual||I want||we want||I wanted||we wanted||I want||we want||I wanted||we wanted|
|Second person||Dual||you want||you want||you wanted||you wanted||you want||you want||you wanted||you wanted|
|Third person||Masculine||he wants||they want||he wanted||they wanted||he want||they want||he wanted||they wanted|
|Feminine||she wants||she wanted||she want||she wanted|
|Neuter||it wants||it wanted||it want||it wanted|
Pedagogy[edit | edit source]
The conjugations of be may be noted this way.
Because English is so lightly inflected, learning conjugations is not usually pedagogically sound practice. However, students or teachers may be used to doing this while learning other languages. French, German and Spanish all have extensive conjugations.