Verb 3

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February 20, 2013 by k. liz

We are studying passives this week. One exercise sentence was to change a sentence like this into a passive sentence:

They made those CDs in the 1980s.

My students were working well, until one of the students asked me to check their sentence. The conversation went something like this:

S: Those CDs were maken in the 1980s.

T: What is Verb 3 of ‘to make’?

S: Not maken?

T: No, not maken.

S: Maden?

T: No, it’s made.

S: Teacher, why isn’t it maden?

T: Maden isn’t a word. It’s not in the dictionary.

S: But, teacher, we have it. Maden Turkey.

Just try and tell me this isn’t a great job.

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