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  • ladymorwenna
    ... ... From _Trippingly on th Tongue: A Booke of Instruction for Speaking Early Modern English_ by Laura Crockett To Be Present Tense, Simple Singular
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 22, 2004
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      > I've just had a brilliant idea--my ninth grade class desperately
      > needs to learn 'to be' and 'to do', in all their conjugated glory--
      >
      <snip>
      >
      > I'm having a demented notion of teaching a grammar section on how to
      > speak Elizabethan, and slipping the modern conjugations in under
      > their radar. Is there anything out there that has a couple simple
      > charts of verb usages?
      >
      > Raquel

      From _Trippingly on th Tongue: A Booke of Instruction for Speaking
      Early Modern English_ by Laura Crockett

      To Be

      Present Tense, Simple
      Singular
      First person: I am
      Second person, familar: thou art/be'st
      Second person, formal: ye/you are/be
      Third person: he is
      Plural
      First person: we are
      Second person: ye/you are/be
      Third person: they are/be

      Past Tense, Simple
      Singular
      1st: I was
      2nd fam: thou wast/were/wert
      2nd form: ye/you were
      3rd: he was
      Plural
      1st: we were
      2nd: ye/you were
      3rd: they were

      Future Tense, Compound
      Singular
      1st: I will/shall be
      2nd fam: thou wilt/shalt be
      2nd form: ye/you will/shall be
      3rd: he will/shall be
      Pural
      1st: we will/shall be
      2nd: ye/you will/shall be
      3rd: they will/shall be

      To Do
      Present Tense Simple
      Singular
      1st: I do
      2nd fam: thou dost
      2nd form: ye/you do
      3rd: he doth
      Plural
      1st: we do
      2nd: ye/you do
      Third person: they do

      Past Tense, Simple
      Singular
      1st: I did
      2nd fam: thou did'st
      2nd form: ye/you did
      3rd:he did
      Plural
      1st: we did
      2nd: ye/you did
      3rd: they did

      Future Tense, Compound
      Singular
      1st: I will/shall do
      2nd fam: thou wilt/shalt do
      2nd form: ye/you will/shall do
      3rd: he will/shall do
      Pural
      1st: we will/shall do
      2nd: ye/you will/shall do
      3rd: they will/shall do

      --Morwenna
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