What is verb conjugation?
‘Verb conjugation’ simply means a verb’s end must match the subject.
How to do verb conjugation in the present simple tense
When using the present simple tense, conjugating verbs means:
– no extra ending if the subject is ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘we’, or ‘they’
– adding ‘s’ if the subject is ‘he’, ‘she’, or ‘it’.
(* if a verb ends in o, x, ch, sh. or th, then ‘es’ is usually added)
One exception is the verb ‘be’, where different subjects use different words.
|be||I am||you are||he is||she is||it is||we are||they are|
|like||I like||you like||he likes||she likes||it likes||we like||they like|
|go||I go||you go||he goes||she goes||it goes||we go||they go|
|buy||I buy||you buy||he buys||she buys||it buys||we buy||they buy|
|take||I take||you take||he takes||she takes||it takes||we take||they take|
|call||I call||you call||he calls||she calls||it calls||we call||they call|
|write||I write||you write||he writes||she writes||it writes||we write||they write|
|watch||I watch||you watch||he watches||she watches||it watches||we watch||they watch|
|have||I have||you have||he has||she has||it has||we have||they have|
|do||I do||you do||he does||she does||it does||we do||they do|
Examples of conjugated verbs in the present simple tense
|I like chicken.||She likes chicken.||They like chicken.|
|I am beautiful.||Carl is beautiful. (Carl = he)||Sheryl and I are beautiful. (Sheryl and I = we)|
|You make a lot of money.||The company makes a lot of money. (the company = it)||They make a lot of money.|
|Peter has no friends. (Peter = he)||We have no friends.||Ian and Sophia have no friends. (Ian and Sophia = they)|
|I take the bus every day.||She takes the bus every day.||2 million people take the bus every day. (2 million people = they)|