May 17, 2008

Person and Number




There are three persons in English grammar. They are called First Person, Second Person and Third Person. But there are only two Numbers such as Singular and Plural Number.
First Person
Singular
Plural
Auxiliary Verbs
Present
Past
Future
I
WE
Am, is are, do, have All Modals
Was, did, had, All Modals
Shall, Will, All modals
Second Person
You
You
Are, have, All Modals
Were, Had, All Modals
Will,
All Modals
Third Person
He, she, It, All Proper Nouns
They
Is, has, does, all Modals
Was, were, had, did, All Modals
Will, shall,
All Modals
‘Am’ is the only auxiliary verb solely used with the Subject I in the present tense.
When any Third person singular number happens to be the subject or the doer the auxiliary or main verb takes -s after it. He goes to school everyday. She eats anything while hungry. When the verb ends with a vowel generally -es adds to it.
Like do: does. Go: goes. Eat: eats.
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