The first- and second-person singular, and the plural present-tense form of a verb. In grammar, the base form of a verb is the simplest form, without a special ending; it is the form listed in the dictionary.
The base form of a verb functions as the present-tense form for all persons and numbers except the third-person singular (which uses the -s form). The base form also functions as the infinitive (with or without to) and as the subjunctive mood for all persons including the third-person singular. In addition, the base form is used for the imperative mood.
Examples and Observations:
- Present Tense
"Men live in a fantasy world. I know this because I am one, and I actually receive my mail there."
"It's always easier to learn something than to use what you've learned."
(Chaim Potok, The Promise)
"The world is changing, and they are demanding that we find a solution to this conflict."
(Agshin Mehdiyev, Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
"Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your own wings on the way down."