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1 Of the original seven classes of strong verbs the number is greatly reduced but some of the classes remain remarkably stable class I and III stand out as survivors2 The double past tense forms of strong verbs are leveled to oneThus old I sang and we sungen become Iwe sang have sungI rood we riden become Iwe rode have riden2 The -en is used unevenly hence forgotten but got and gottenGreat increase in the number of weak verbs although some weak verbs took on strong forms by analogydive dived dived -- dive dove divedThe endings of -est and -eth become just -s for 3rd per pres ind by the end of the period Although in some sophisticated circle such as Thomas Hobbes philosophical text Leviathan the est endings remain The thou forms reamin est -st in the present and est st in the pastConjugation of Irregular Verbs to be and modalsAlways irregular in Early Modern English the forms of to be differed from contemporary use only in the th- forms thou art thou wast and thou wert and in the odd use of be for plural presentRub a dub dub Three men in a tub And who do you think they be2 The modals cause trouble would and should are past tense version of will variants of will are wull and woll and shall Could was developed by adding an l on analogy with would and should otherwise it should be coud
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