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Regular Verb

A regular verb is any verb whose conjugation follows the typical pattern, or one of the typical patterns, of the language to which it belongs. A verb whose conjugation follows a different pattern is called an irregular verb.

In general, once you know how to conjugate one regular verb into the different tenses, you know how to conjugate every regular verb there is. On the other hand, the irregular verb follows its own rules, and those rules must be learned on an individual basis. 

Proper usage of regular verbs

Here is an example of the regular verb being used correctly within a sentence. 

"The man walked down the street to his parked car, so that he could drive home after work like usual."

In this sentence, "walked" is a regular verb that has been conjugated in a proper way. 

Now, here is an example of the regular verb being used incorrectly within a sentence. 

"The woman sayed to the man that if really loved her, then he willed agree to marry her by the end of the year." 

In this sentence, "sayed" and "willed" are incorrect conjugations, because say or will is not a regular verb. 

In case you are still a little confused about the regular verb, here are a couple simple rules you can follow when you are trying to make use of this part of grammar. 

1. The regular verb really refers to the vast majority of verbs within the English language. Most verbs follow a regular conjugation pattern. And you have probably learned about most irregular verbs through practical experience. So, the regular verb really should not give you much trouble at all.

2. Some regular verbs may nevertheless have irregularities in certain specific conjugations, such as the past participle form. That is, the verb may be a regular verb in most tenses, but not in one or two specific tenses. But this, too, is probably something that you have already figured out over time through experience with the English language.  

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Conjugations and typical language paradigms

Every language has a typical paradigm of conjugation for verbs. In English, for example, the past tense is typically formed by simply adding "-ed" to the end of the verb. A verb that adheres to this paradigm is called a regular verb, for the obvious reason that it is "normal" and does not deviate from the established dominant paradigm.

The regular verb is generally easy for the language user to master, since all he has to do is master the rules of the paradigm of conjugation itself, and then apply it to every regular verb there is within the given language. 

Interestingly, though, some of the most common verbs in the English language qualify not as a regular verb but rather as an irregular verb. These include the verbs be, have, and will. In part, this may be because these verbs have strong functions as helping verbs, where they are connected with other verbs in order to express variations in tense. If these verbs were regular, then this would presumably cause confusion and/or awkwardness when the verbs are used in conjunction with another regular verb. In addition, perhaps the most common verbs historically developed prior to the establishment paradigm of conjugation in the first place.

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