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    Default singular subject, plural verb

    Why do we say:

    "I am eating a sandwich."
    "I like reading."
    "I jog every morning."

    when the personal pronoun "I" is supposed to be singular?
    And why do we say:

    "I was at the party last night."
    "I was able to finish the exam before the bell rang."

    when the personal pronoun "I" took the singular form of the present tense of the verb?

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    "I" is always singular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jean
    Why do we say:

    "I am eating a sandwich."
    "I like reading."
    "I jog every morning."

    when the personal pronoun "I" is supposed to be singular?
    In English, the subject and the verb agree in number, like this,

    Verb BE: I am/You are/She is/He is/It is/They are/ We are
    Verb Like: I like/You like/She likes/He likes/It likes/They like/We like
    Verb Jog: I jog/You jog/She jogs/He jogs/It jogs/They jog/We jog.

    The paradigms above show set pairs: I like, I am, I jog

    Singular: I am, I like, I jog
    Plural: We are, We like, We jog

    The only way to tell if the verb (like, jog) is singular or plural is to look at the Subject: "I" means, one person (i.e., it's singular) and "We" means, more than one person (i.e., it's plural). :D

    Quote Originally Posted by jean
    And why do we say:

    "I was at the party last night."
    "I was able to finish the exam before the bell rang."

    when the personal pronoun "I" took the singular form of the present tense of the verb?
    'was' is the past tense of the verb BE:

    I am -> I was
    You are -> You were
    She is -> She was
    He is -> He was
    It is -> It was
    They are -> They were
    We are -> We were

    "I am" and "I was" are set pairs. :D

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