1. What is verb conjugation?
‘Verb conjugation’ simply means a verb’s end must match the subject.
2. How to do verb conjugation in the present simple tense
When using the present simple tense, conjugating verbs means:
– ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘we’, or ‘they’ = no extra ending
– ‘he’, ‘she’, or ‘it’ = +s
One exception is the verb ‘be’, where different subjects use different words.
|be||I am happy||you are happy||we are happy||they are happy||he is happy||she is happy||it is happy|
|like||I like fruit||you like fruit||we like fruit||they like fruit||he likes fruit||she likes fruit||it likes fruit|
|go||I go to class||you go to class||we go to class||they go to class||he goes to class||she goes to class||it goes to class|
|buy||I buy cars||you buy cars||we buy cars||they buy cars||he buys cars||she buys cars||it buys cars|
|take||I take the bus||you take the bus||we take the bus||they take the bus||he takes the bus||she takes the bus||it takes the bus|
|call||I call my dad||you call my dad||we call my dad||they call my dad||he calls my dad||she calls my dad||it calls my dad|
|write||I write books||you write books||we write books||they write books||he writes books||she writes books||it writes books|
|watch||I watch TV||you watch TV||we watch TV||they watch TV||he watches TV||she watches TV||it watches TV|
|have||I have money||you have money||we have money||they have money||he has money||she has money||it has money|
|do||I do homework||you do homework||we do homework||they do homework||he does homework||she does homework||it does homework|
*Note: if a verb ends in o, x, ch, sh. or th, then ‘es’ is usually added
3. 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)|
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