Questions about modification of a verb from its basic form.

Conjugation is the modification of a verb from its basic form.

The conjugation of English verbs involves relatively few distinct inflected forms. For a regular verb such as walk, there are only four: walk, walks, walked, walking. Irregular verbs may have more or fewer forms.

Many English verb constructions are periphrastic and consist of an auxiliary verb followed by a non-finite form of the main verb (such as a participle or infinitive). Some examples of English periphrastic constructions are the progressive, formed with an inflected form of the auxiliary be followed by the ing-form (I am walking) and the perfect, formed with an inflected form of the auxiliary have follows by the past participle (I have walked).

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