Learning to identify a verb

How can I best learn the paradigms of nouns and verbs and the other inflected parts of speech?
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Learning to identify a verb

Post by JBarach-Sr » June 5th, 2011, 11:00 am

When I teach how to identify a verb, I rely on my automotive trouble-shooting technique.
I begin with questions (as shown in a chart), such as, does the verb have this particular characteristic? If Yes then it must be this; if No, then it must be that.
For instance, in early lessons to distinguish between present active and present passive, I use this chart
By lesson 16, we initially ask, does the verb have an augment (visible ε or lengthened vowel)? If yes, it is a past tense, if no, it is present or future.
Then on the future side, we ask if it has a σ before the personal endings? If yes, it is future, if no, it is present
By lesson 19, we are considering aorists (asking about stem change), and aorist & future passives (asking about θη).
These lessons can be found at
John Barach, Sr
καὶ ἀνέγνωσαν ἐν βιβλίῳ νόμου τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἐδίδασκεν Εσδρας καὶ διέστελλεν ἐν ἐπιστήμῃ κυρίου καὶ συνῆκεν ὁ λαὸς ἐν τῇ ἀναγνώσει. (Neh. 8:8)

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