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Conjugate the verb into the past tense.
  grammatical changes of verb forms to agree with other words in a sentence for tense, number, person, and other things

English tense example:
    She writes.
    She is writing.
    She will write tomorrow.
    She has written in the past.
English number example:
      Jane is...
      Jane and Susan are...
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Strongly Associated with:   irregular verb
Most verbs are conjugated by changing their suffix and sometimes adding a helping verb. Most verbs follow the same pattern in English. Those that follow a different pattern are called "irregular" verbs. Here is an example of English conjugation of a regular, irregular, and the most irregular verb:

Present tense:  talk / drink / are
1st person singular: (I) talk / drink / am
2nd person singular: (you) talk / drink / are
3rd person singular: (he, she, it) talks / drinks / is
plural 1st-3rd person: (we/you/they) talk / drink / are

Past tense:  talked / drank / were
1st person singular: (I) talked / drank / was
2nd person singular: (you) talked / drank / were
3rd person singular: (he, she, it) talked / drank / was
plural 1st-3rd person: (we/you/they) talked / drank / were

All Future tense:  will talk / drink / be
All Present Participle (Perfect) tense:  have talked / drunk / been
All Past Participle (Perfect) tense:  had talked / drunk / been
All Future Participle (Perfect) tense:  will have talked / drunk / been
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  • Conjugate the verb into the past tense.
  • And conjugating those Latin verbs?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • He makes charts of Irish grammar, Irish history and algebra at home, hangs them on an easel and we have to chant our way through the cases, conjugations and declensions of Irish, famous names and battles, proportions, ratios, equations.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • I do my homework—choose five verbs and conjugate them.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak

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  • He’d hated it since he was four and his dad set learning the Latin conjugations for twenty-five irregular verbs as a "daily marker," but by the end of the day, Colin only knew twenty-three.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • I had learned eighty-five Vietnamese phrases over the last seven days, as well as a great deal of verb conjugation.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • But if Poles by the thousands have sheltered Jews, hidden Jews, laid down their lives for Jews, they have also at times, in the agony of their conjugate discord, persecuted them with undeviating savagery; it was within this continuum of the Polish spirit that Professor Bieganski properly belonged, and it was there that Sophie had eventually to reinstate him for my benefit, in order to interpret the happenings at Auschwitz .
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Not now, not conjugating verbs when I haven’t even looked at the school yet.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • If I never learned my French conjugations from Anatole, at least I would try to learn patience.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • By the time he in third grade, though, he get to talking better than the President a the United States, coming home using words like conjugation and parliamentary.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help

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  • When at last I dozed, in sheer exhaustion of mind and body, it became a vast shadowy verb which I had to conjugate.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She sat in front of Peter in French class, her ponytail bobbing up and down as she conjugated verbs out loud.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • That, she felt, would be a sweet reward indeed for all her hard work and patient grubbing among unimaginative equations and conjugations.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • On the opposite page is the Colosseum in Rome, labeled in English, and below, a conjugation: sum es est, sumus estis sunt.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • A good letter could get you a position in the better cohorts, sometimes even special jobs like legion messenger, which made you exempt from the grunt work like digging ditches or conjugating Latin verbs.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • "As to you, ’new boy,’ you will conjugate ’ridiculus sum’** twenty times."
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I do not intend to give you any homework—no difficult math questions, or anything like that, and conjugating English verbs is outside my sphere of interest.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The principal gentleman who officiated behind the counter, took a good deal of notice of me; and often got me, I recollect, to decline a Latin noun or adjective, or to conjugate a Latin verb, in his ear, while he transacted my business.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • "Look," he said quietly, "the past participle conjugated with avoir agrees with the direct object when it precedes."
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • While gathering raspberries for Mrs. Nessel, I frightened the grosbeaks from the brambles with my conjugating.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • Instead, I’m sitting alone in the parlor with an open French book on my lap, pretending to pay attention to conjugations and tenses that make my eyes hurt.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • At present, in relation to this demand that he should learn Latin declensions and conjugations, Tom was in a state of as blank unimaginativeness concerning the cause and tendency of his sufferings, as if he had been an innocent shrewmouse imprisoned in the split trunk of an ash-tree in order to cure lameness in cattle.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But conjugating the word is not sufficient pastime.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • WE SPEND THE whole of our French lesson conjugating verbs.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • I sat in the back of the classroom and couldn’t keep my mind on the conjugations.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • "Can you conjugate?" gasped Mr. Avery.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • No more would he conjugate the verb "to do in every mood and tense."
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • The old verb axe appears fully conjugated in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde—axe, axen, axed.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • ’I will not conjugate the verb,’ said Louis, ’until Bernard has said it.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Twenty minutes into French class, Madame O’Malley was conjugating the verb to believe in the subjunctive.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • Which you would know if your education had consisted of more than just learning how to swing a sword and conjugate a few verbs in the ancient language.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Mrs Merdle’s verbs were so pressingly presented to Mr Merdle to conjugate, that his sluggish blood and his long coat-cuffs became quite agitated.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • So he wrote Latin words on his blackboard, then copied out again in blue chalk the part of each word that changed in conjugation or declension, and in red chalk the part of the word that never varied.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • In my first year at City, when we were reading Caesar and I was having terrible trouble, she sat beside me long nights at the dining-room table on Lombard Street and helped me solve the puzzles of Latin declensions and conjugations.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • But we still have two plainly defined conjugations of the verb, and we still inflect it for number, and, in part, at least, for person.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Each one emerged taut, neat, and brand-new from his mobile lips; he savored every educated, biting, nimble turn of phrase that he used, taking obvious, effusive, and exhilarating enjoyment even in grammatical inflections and conjugations, and seemed to have far too much clear presence of mind ever to misspeak himself.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • During the years when I was riding herd for my uncle, my aunt, after cooking the three meals—the first of which was ready at six o’clock in the morning-and putting the six children to bed, would often stand until midnight at her ironing board, with me at the kitchen table beside her, hearing me recite Latin declensions and conjugations, gently shaking me when my drowsy head sank down over a page of irregular verbs.
    Willa Cather  --  A Wagner Matinee
  • I can’t count anymore by 7s, but I can conjugate irregular Latin verbs, and I do this while she speaks to me.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Behind my eyes I conjugate irregular Spanish verbs.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • She is a general’s daughter and the wife of a professor, but even professor’s wives are not above occasional bogglings of the cases of pronouns and the conjugations of verbs.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Its difference from standard English is not merely a difference in vocabulary, to be disposed of in an alphabetical list; it is, above all, a difference in pronunciation, in intonation, in conjugation and declension, in metaphor and idiom, in the whole fashion of using words.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • This weak conjugation was itself degenerated.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • /To speed/ and /to shoe/ have become regular, not only because of the general tendency toward the weak conjugation, but also for logical reasons.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The conjugation of /to give/, however, is yet very uncertain, and so Lardner may report accurately.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The conjugation of /to win/ is yet far from fixed.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Thus, by a circuitous route, verbs originally strong, and for many centuries hovering between the two conjugations, have eventually become strong again.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • But during the seventeenth century it seems to have been arrested, and even to have given way to a contrary tendency—that is, toward strong conjugations.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • And so he moves toward the philological millennium dreamed of by George T. Lanigan, when "the singular verb shall lie down with the plural noun, and a little conjugation shall lead them."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Practically all of them show the weak conjugation, for example, /to phone/, /to bluff/, /to rubber-neck/, /to ante/, /to bunt/, /to wireless/, /to insurge/ and /to loop-the-loop/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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