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CHANGES IN THE MORPHOLOGICAL CLASSES OF VERBS

475. The historical changes in the ways of building the principal forms of the verb (stems) transformed the morphological classification of the verbs. The OE division into classes of weak and strong verbs was completely re-arranged and broken up. Most verbs have adopted the way of form-building employed by the weak verbs: the dental suffix. The strict classification of the strong verbs, with their regular system of form-building, degenerated. In the long run all these changes led to increased regularity and uniformity and to the development of a more consistent and simple system of building the principal forms of the verb.


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  1. A. You will hear a manager interviewing a person for a job. Listen out for these verbs, and then use them to complete sentences 1-5.
  2. ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS
  3. Adverbs of frequency
  4. Adverbs the hereafter
  5. Analyze the meanings of the italicized words. Identify the result of the changes of the connotational aspect of lexical meaning in the given words.
  6. B. Translate into Russian paying attention to the modals verbs. Identify the meanings of these modal verbs.
  7. C. Grammar Expansion: Modal verbs
  8. C. Grammar Expansion: Modal verbs: the past.
  9. C. Grammar Expansion: Modals verbs of certainty, probability, possibility
  10. C. Match the phrasal verbs in italics in the sentences to the definitions a) j) below.
  11. Causes of Grammatical Changes
  12. Changes in Matter




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