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base form of a verb

Examples of base forms of regular verbs

Definition:

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.

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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."
    (Scott Adams)


  • Infinitive
    "It's always easier to learn something than to use what you've learned."
    (Chaim Potok, The Promise)


  • Subjunctive
    "The world is changing, and they are demanding that we find a solution to this conflict."
    (Agshin Mehdiyev, Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


  • Imperative
    "Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your own wings on the way down."
    (Ray Bradbury)
Also Known As: plain form, simple form, stem
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