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    Personal Pronoun "I"

    Why does the personal pronoun "I" generally take the plural form of verbs (e.g. "I love french fries.", "I take a cab going to school.", "I eat Chinese and Japanese dishes.", "I am reading."etc) in the present tense yet takes the singular form of the verb "be" in the past tense? (e.g. "I WAS there when it happened.", or "I was the one who sent the flowers to you.") Thanks You

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    Why does the personal pronoun "I" generally take the plural form of verbs (e.g. "I love french fries.", "I take a cab going to school.", "I eat Chinese and Japanese dishes.", "I am reading."etc) in the present tense
    What do you mean by "plural form of verbs"? The verbs above are singular. "Fries" or "dishes" are objects, not verbs.

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    Re: Personal Pronoun "I"

    Quote Originally Posted by naviliinad
    Why does the personal pronoun "I" generally take the plural form of verbs (e.g. "I love french fries.", "I take a cab going to school.", "I eat Chinese and Japanese dishes.", "I am reading."etc) in the present tense yet takes the singular form of the verb "be" in the past tense? (e.g. "I WAS there when it happened.", or "I was the one who sent the flowers to you.") Thanks You
    'love' is both the singular form and the plural form:

    I love
    You love
    She, He, It loves
    They love
    You love
    We love

    Both "I" and "We" share the same verb form "love".

    In Old English, "love" looked like this:

    Present
    I love = ic lufie
    You love = žū lufas; lufast
    He loves = hē lufaž

    We love = wē lufiaž
    You love = gē lufiaž
    They love = hīo lufiaž

    The plural marker used to be the ending -iaž. Over the years, though, as a result of sound change, the verb changed in form. 'f' changed to 'v', and the ending '-až' was dropped:

    lufiaž => luviaž => luv "love"

    except for in the 3rd person (She, He, It) where -ž changed to 's':

    lufaž => luvas => "loves"

    Most verbs today follow a similar pattern of development. With the exception of the 3rd person, verbs today no longer have a singular or plural marker. They are regular in form, and hence the term regular verb.

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