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    What do you say about the forms of irregulara verbs?

    Hi, I know about irregular verbs. My question is what kind of words you use when you mention, for example, go-went-gone? Do you have any set phrase for describing these changes of the word? Pattern?
    I say " the past form of 'go' is 'went.'" What do you say when you like to tell about changes?

    Oh, I'm afraid I don't make myself clear.

    Thank you.

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    Re: What do you say about the forms of irregulara verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by hetzer View Post
    Hi, I know about irregular verbs. My question is what kind of words you use when you mention, for example, go-went-gone? Do you have any set phrase for describing these changes of the word? Pattern?
    I say " the past form of 'go' is 'went.'" What do you say when you like to tell about changes?

    Oh, I'm afraid I don't make myself clear.

    Thank you.
    I don't completely understand. We normally describe verbs by using present tense, past tense. and past participle. We skip the present participle because they all end in -ing.

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    Re: What do you say about the forms of irregulara verbs?

    Some people refer to the principal parts or the three forms of irregular verbs.
    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Dec-2013 at 14:33. Reason: typo

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    Re: What do you say about the forms of irregulara verbs?

    It's conjugation. But, for English, I prefer 5jj's terms.

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    Re: What do you say about the forms of irregulara verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Some people refer to the principal parts or the three forms of irregular verbs.
    Hello.

    So, would it be OK to ask students questions like "What are the three forms of 'go'?" or "What are the principal parts of 'go'?"
    (This might be what hetzer means.)

    Mr. Fuji: What are the three forms of 'go'?
    Student A: go-went-gone

    Mr. Fuji: What are the principal parts of 'go'?
    Student B: go-went-gone-going

    Are these dialogues above natural?

    Thank you.

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    Re: What do you say about the forms of irregulara verbs?

    I used to ask my students simply to give me the "tenses of the verb 'to go' please". That didn't seem to require any further explanation.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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