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How do you conjugate English verbs?

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English verbs are usually conjugated into the present tense from the infinitive (a phrase that includes the word "to" followed by a verb) by doing nothing to the verb for the pronouns I, you, they, we, and you. Add an "s" to the verb for the pronouns he, she and it. Always remove the word "to" in any case.

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Some examples of English infinitives are "to look," "to eat" and "to read." To conjugate these infinitives to the present tense, just remove the word "to" from the infinitive and replace it with the pronoun you would like to use. For example, "to eat" becomes "I eat." To conjugate verbs for the pronouns he, she or it, remove the "to," and replace it with the appropriate pronoun. Then add an "s" to the end of the verb. For example, "he eats."

This technique is the most common method of conjugating English verbs. However, not all English verbs follow this pattern. Verbs in this category are termed irregular verbs, and they must be memorized, since they follow no rules.One example of this is the infinitive "to go" when used with the pronouns he, she or it. If the rules above were followed the conjugated form would be "he gos." However, the correct conjugation is "he goes."

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