An Elementary English Grammar, for the Use of Schools

An Elementary English Grammar, for the Use of Schools

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...the word to which it is attached be sufficiently established by usage. 236. Several strong verbs have two forms of the past tense: as spake, spoke; sang, sung. Some of these double forms are capable of explanation. See 225, 222, and 255. 237. The past tenses of the strong verbs are exhibited in the second and third columns of the ensuing list; the additional column being appropriated to those that have two forms. The asterisk () denotes that the word to which it is attached is obsolete. The letter (j) indicates that the word to which it is attached is explained in 225 and 222. This letter stands for plural, and it is supposed that the forms by the side of which it appears are derived from the plural forms as exhibited in 225, or from (what is the same thing) those of the second person singular as exhibited in 222. 1 The word become = fit or suit, is a different word from become the derivative of come. Become--jit, suit, is of the same origin with the German bequem = fitting or convenient. It is properly a weak word; although the practice of language has sanctioned the confusion. We cannot, although we ought to, say becomed. 107 THE WEAK CONJUGATION. 238. The second conjugation of English verbs is called the Weak Conjugation. The meaning of the word Weak as applied to the conjugation of verbs may be seen 255. Verbs of the weak conjugation form their past tense from the present by the addition of the sound of-d, -t, or-ed; as Jill, filled (pronounced filld), dip, dipped (pronounced dipt), instruct, instructed. 239. In the present English the past participle and past tense have generally the same form. I filled (past tense), I have filled (past participle); / dipped (past...show more

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