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   Chapter 30 VERBS.

An English Grammar By William Malone Baskervill Characters: 1103

Updated: 2017-11-30 00:04

275. In parsing verbs, give the following points:-

(1) Class: (a) as to form,-strong or weak, giving principal parts; (b) as to use,-transitive or intransitive.

(2) Voice,-active or passive.

(3) Mood,-indicative, subjunctive, or imperative.

(4) Tense,-which of the tenses given in Sec. 234.

(5) Person and number, in determining which you must tell-

(6) What the subject is, for the form of the verb may not show the person and number.


276. It has been intimated in Sec. 235, we must beware of the rule, "A verb agrees

with its subject in person and number." Sometimes it does; usually it does not, if agrees means that the verb changes its form for the different persons and numbers. The verb be has more forms than other verbs, and may be said to agree with its subject in several of its forms. But unless the verb is present, and ends in -s, or is an old or poetic form ending in -st or -eth, it is best for the student not to state it as a general rule that "the verb agrees with its subject in person and number," but merely to tell what the subject of the verb is.

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