segunda-feira, 15 de novembro de 2010

Verbs by Dele Olaniyi

Odete Soares Rangel
A verb is the worst thing in the world,
For me to learn aright,
And when the teacher calls on me
I never get it right.

I try to give the parts of verbs
And say see, saw, seen.
But when I give the parts of be
I can’t say bee, baw, been!

If I give the parts of go
And say go, went, gone,
It doesn’t help a bit with grow!
I can’t say grow, grent, grone.

The parts of take you’re very sure
Are take and took and taken:
Yet bake is very wrong
As bake and book and baken.

Fonte do poema:
TAYLOR, James, SHEPHERD, John, AHERN, Patrick, CAMPUZANO, Elvia. READING Structure & Strategy 2.  México: Macmillan Editores, S.A. de C.V., 1999. Poem Verbs by Dele Olaniyi.   p.5.

Então, gostaram do poema?
Será que é tão difícil mesmo aprender as formas verbais em inglês?

Vamos relembrar a construção dos verbos regulares no passado. 

1. If the verbs ends in a consonant, add ED. (help - helped, return - returned)
2. If the verbs ends in E, add only D.  (bake - baked)
3. If the verb ends in a consonant + Y, drop the Y and  add IED. (study - studied)
4. If the verbs ends in a vowel + Y, add ED.  (pray-prayed)
5. In words of two or more syllables that end in a consonant-vowel-consonant combination, double the last consonant only if the last syllable is stressed. (prefer - preferred)
6. In one-syllable words, if the verb ends in a consonant-vowel-consonant combination, double the final consonant and add ED. (rub - rubbed)

However, don't double one-syllable words ending in W, X, or Y.
bow - bowed, mix - mixed, play - played.

Agora estamos aptos a corrigir as formas verbais do poema.

a) be = be - was/were - been
b) grow = grow - grew - grown
c) bake = bake - baked - baked.

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