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Conjugating Verbs
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Grammar — Conjugating Verbs


Why Grammar?  Christian Worldview  Many of us that attended government school either never understood the importance of grammar or did not care.  Some only performed the grammar exercises since it was required and/or we did not want to get "in trouble."  This is so sad because grammar is not just about the mechanics of language, but has a Christian worldview behind it.  Grammar, as in all things in creation, points us to our Lord.  

 

Conjugating Verbs PDF file worksheets
(includes conjugation, first person, second person, and third person flashcards and more)

Conjugation Charts PDF file worksheets
(important in learning how to conjugate verbs easily)

 

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Conjugation Definition:  The orderly arrangement of verbs with respect to voices, modes, tenses, and persons.

First Person:  the speaker
Second Person:  the hearer
Third Person:  the person/thing spoken of

Let's conjugate the verb find.  Before we get started, I want you to notice that I did not type out a sentence for each of the pronouns.

            She finds
               He finds
               It finds

Instead, they became combined ...  She/He/It finds.  Later, in the chart below, you will notice that it becomes even more shortened to ... S/He/It found.

When you first begin to conjugate verbs, it is best to say all these sentences individually so you become comfortable with them.

You will also notice that some of the tenses use the helping verbs or state of being verbs will or shall.  These two verbs may be used interchangably.

 

  Tense               Active Voice                              Passive Voice

 

 Singular

 Plural

 Singular

 Plural

Present
Tense
I find
You find
She/He/It finds
We find
You find
They find
I am found
You are found
He/She/It is found
We are found
You are found
They are found

Past
Tense
I found
You found
S/He/It found
We found
You found
They found
I was found
You were found
He/She/It was found
We were found
You were found
They were found

Future
Tense
I shall/will find
You will find
S/He/It will find
We shall find
You will find
They will find
I shall be found
You will be found
He/She/It will be found
We shall be found
You will be found
They will be found

Present
Perfect
I have found
You have found
S/He/It has found
We have find
You have find
They have find
 
I have been found
You have been found
S/He/It have been found
We have been found
You have been found
They have been found

Past
Perfect
I had found
You had found
S/He/It had found
We had found
You had found
They had found
I had been found
You had been found
S/He/It had been found
We had been found
You had been found
They had been found

Future
Perfect
I shall have found
You will have found
S/He/It will have found
We shall have found
You will have found
They will have found
I shall have been found
You will have been found
S/He/It will have been foun
d
We shall have been found
You will have been found
They will have been found

 

Now it is YOUR turn to conjugate.  Try conjugating the verb play.  

 

   Tense             Active Voice                             Passive Voice

 

 Singular

 Plural

 Singular

 Plural

Present
Tense
I ______
You ______
She/He/It ______
We _____
You _____
They _____
I am ___
You are ___
He/She/It is ___
We are ___
You are ___
They are ___

Past
Tense
I _____
You _____
S/He/It _______
We _____
You _____
They _____
I was ___
You were ___
He/She/It was ___
We were ___
You were ___
They were ___

Future
Tense
I shall/will _____
You will _____
S/He/It will _____
We shall ___
You will ___
They will ___
I shall be ___
You will be ___
He/She/It will be ___
We shall be ___
You will be ___
They will be ___

Present
Perfect
I have _____
You have _____
S/He/It has _____
We have _____
You have _____
They have _____
 
I have been ___
You have been ___
S/He/It have been _
__
We have been ___
You have been ___
They have been ___

Past
Perfect
I had _____
You had _____
S/He/It had _____
We had _____
You had _____
They had _____
I had been ___
You had been ___
S/He/It had been ___
We had been ___
You had been ___
They had been ___

Future
Perfect
I shall have _____
You will have _____
S/He/It will have _____
We shall have ___
You will have ___
They will have __
I shall have been ___
You will have been ___
S/He/It will have been___
We shall have been ____
You will have been ____
They will have been ___

 

Conjugating becomes easier with practice.  Take one or two verbs and conjugate them aloud each day.  This may take a grand total of 1 to 2 minutes.

Here are some verbs to get started:  hunt, love, snore, burp, wink, smile, tell, write, like, ran, climb, protect, talk, give, believe, fly, giggle, help, look, read, add, subtract, multiply, divide, expect, hop, sleep, and learn.

On a daily basis, you may wish to ask your child to give you two verbs they would like to conjugate.

Familiarizing yourself and your children with the helping verbs or state of being verbs will prove to be invaluable, especially when you see other children and adults struggling to understand verbs.  Should your children ever opt to learn a foreign language, they will learn to conjugate in that language.  The skill is very important and relatively easy to master.  

I opted to have my children conjugate verbs daily before I formally taught them the helping verbs or state of being verbs.  When we finally formally approached learning helping verbs or state of being verbs my children discovered they already had a very good understanding of these verbs and were not frightened.  Moreover, my children fairly flew through helping verbs or state of being verbs when they were formally presented.  As far as my children were concerned helping verbs or state of being verbs were already "old friends."  This positive attitude on behalf of my children was accomplished by conjugating two (2) verbs per day!  

(NOTE:  Conjugating verbs can help distract the mind while taking long, tedious car trips !)

Again, try your own verbs.  Conjugate 1-2 verbs daily. Just fill in the blank in the above chart !

After mastery has been obtained conjugating verbs, you may want to reduce practice time to conjugating verbs 2-3 times per week.

 

Recommendations:

1) Place the “to be” verb conjugation that extends to two pages back to back and laminate them. Laminating the Conjugation Charts makes them much easier to us and will help them stand up to the usage your family puts them through!

2) Place the “love” conjugation and the fill-in-the-blank conjugation with the verb of your choice pages back to back and laminate them so they may be used over time.

3) Practice conjugating verbs 2-3 times per week. This need not take long ... only two or three minutes per session. However, you will find that this minimal exposure to conjugating verbs will stand your scholars in good stead.

4) Initially, coming up with verbs is fairly simple. However, over time you may become frustrated with thinking of new verbs. That is when refering to “Verbs” under Simple Grammar Games is extremely helpful.

5) Develop a sing-song voice while conjugating verbs. Think of how attentive children are when reciting well-beloved poems and rhymes in a sing-song voice.  It makes conjugating verbs much more fun.

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