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Regular Verbs in the Present Tense

Regular Verbs in the Present Tense

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Part 1- Conjugating regular verbs in the present tense



Hello! In this lesson, we will learn how to conjugate regular verbs in the present tense in English. Verbs are words that usually denote an action, but may occasionally denote an occurrence , or a state of being.

Remember that conjugating a verb refers to showing all the possible forms that a verb may take in a particular verb tense. For the purposes of this lesson we will only be focusing on conjugating regular verbs in the present tense.

Regular verbs are verbs whose conjugation follows a particular pattern. These regular verbs will form the basis of this lesson.

Let us start by learning what the infinitive form of a verb is. Quite simply, the infinitive for of a verb is the unconjugated form of a verb in the present tense with the word “to” in front of it.

Let us look at a verb to understand this concept more clearly. We will start with the verb “talk”. The infinitive form of the verb “talk” is “to talk” Notice that to form the infinitive of the verb, we simply place the word “to” in front of the unconjugated form of the verb.

Let us look at another verb to reinforce this concept . We will look at the verb “eat”. The infinitive form of the verb “eat” is “to eat”. Notice again that to form the infinitive of the verb, we simply place the word “to” in front of the unconjugated form of the verb.

Now that we have a basic understanding of what the infinitive forms of verbs are, let us look at how to conjugate regular verbs in the present tense. We will start with the verb “to talk”

To talk

I talk

you talk

he talks

she talks

we talk

they talk


Notice how each conjugated form is exactly the same except for “he talks” and “she talks” which each have an “s” on the end of the verb.

This simple pattern of conjugation is followed by all regular verbs in the present tense. Let us look at another example.

To eat

I eat

you eat

he eats

she eats

we eat

they eat

Notice again how each conjugated form is exactly the same except for “he eats” and “she eats” which each have an “s” on the end of the verb. Let us look at another example.


To walk

I walk

you walk

he walks

she walks

we walk

they walk

Notice again how each conjugated form is exactly the same except for “he walks” and “she walks” which each have an “s” on the end of the verb. This simple pattern of conjugation is followed by all regular verbs in the present tense.

The only time that there is any deviation from this pattern of conjugating regular verbs in the present tense is when the verb ends in a vowel other than “e”. Vowels are the letters “a”,“e”,“i”,“o”, and “u”.

When conjugating a regular verb in the present tense, the “he” and “she” forms end with “es” instead of “s”. For example, the conjugation of the verb “to go” in the present tense is:

To go

I go

you go

he goes

she goes

we go

they go

Notice how the “he” and “she” forms end with “es” instead of “s”.


Another example of this is the conjugation of the verb “to do” in the present tense is:

To do

I do

you do

he does

she does

we do

they do

Notice how the “he” and “she” forms end with “es” instead of “s”.
It is important to note that in these examples we are using pronouns to show the various conjugations, but using the individuals or groups that the pronouns refer to will require the same conjugation as the relevant pronoun.

For example, we may say “she walks” when referring to Jennifer, or we may equally say “Jennifer walks” Notice that the conjugated form of the verb “to walk” is the same in each case.

In another example of this concept, we may say “they eat” when referring to Jennifer and David, or we may equally say “they eat” Notice that the conjugated form of the verb “to eat” is the same in each case.

Fantastic! Now that you have learned how to conjugate regular verbs in the present tense, it is your turn to practice speaking in English.