Partly Strong Strong Verbs



Partly Strong Strong Verbs :



The chief parts of a Verb in English are the Present Tense, the Past Tense and the Past Participle. All the other parts (Active and Passive) can be easily formed from these three. To conjugate a Verb is to show its chief parts. Verbs are classified as Strong and Weak according to the manner in which they form the Past Tense and the Past Participle.

Tests of A Weak Verb

(a) All verbs whose Past Tense ends in a D or T which is not in the Present Tense are Weak Verbs.

1. Live – lived
2. Fan – fanned
3. Carry - carried
4. Think – thought
5. Sell – sold
6. Flee - fled

(b) All Verbs whose Past Tense is formed by shortening (not changing) the vowel of the Present Tense are Weak Verbs.

1. Bleed – bled
2. Shoot – shot
3. Lead – led
4. Light - lit
5. Light - lighted

(c) All Verbs whose Past Tense is the same as the Present are Weak Verbs.

1. Cut – cut
2. Hurt – hurt
3. Put – put
4. Rid – rid
5. Spread – spread

Tests of A Strong Verb

(a) All Verbs which form the Past Tense by changing (not merely shortening) the inside vowel and do not add a final D or T are Strong Verbs.

1. Fight – fought
2. Hold – held
3. Stand – stood
4. Sit – sat
5. Find – found
6. Drive – drove
7. Ring - Rang – Rung
8. Understand – understood
9. Show – Shown
10. Imply – Implied
11. Qualify – Qualified

But BUY - BOUGHT is Weak, because after changing the inside vowel it adds a final T.

All Verbs which form the past Participle in EN or N are either wholly or partly Strong.

Wholly Strong Strong Verbs :

1. Draw – drew – drawn
2. Shake – shook – shaken

Partly Strong Strong Verbs :

1. Saw – sawed – sawn
2. Cleave – cleft – cloven

RELATED PAGES :

  1. The Verb
  2. The Auxiliary Verbs
  3. Subject-Verb Agreement - 1
  4. Subject-Verb Agreement - 2
  5. The English Verb
  6. Basic Form of The Verb
  7. Principal Parts of A Verb
  8. Non-finite Form of The Verb
  9. The Intensive Forms of English Verbs
  10. Verbal Idioms
  11. Confusing Verbs
  12. Agreement of The Verb with The Subject
  13. Sentences with Agreement of The Verb with The Subject
  14. Two Auxiliaries with One Principal Verb
  15. One Auxiliary with Two Principal Verbs
  16. Words Used as Verbs
  17. Intransitive Verb of Complete Predication
  18. Intransitive Verb of Incomplete Predication
  19. Defective Verbs
  20. Strong Verbs
  21. Tests of A Strong Verb
  22. Wholly Strong Strong Verbs
  23. Partly Strong Strong Verbs
  24. List of Strong Verbs
  25. Weak Verbs
  26. Tests of A Weak Verb
  27. List of Weak Verbs
  28. Mixed Verbs
  29. Strong Verbs Becoming Partly Weak Verbs


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