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Easy-to-Memorize

An Irregular Verb List organized by pronunciation patterns allows students to observe the patterns and mentally categorize and organize the verbs. This aids memorization at a conscious level. But the profound advantage of organizing an Irregular Verb List by pronunciation patterns is at the subconscious level. The student reviews the list, repeating the verbs, mentally or orally, in a rhythmic rhyming pattern that has a mnemonic, almost poetic effect, which enables the student to assimilate and interiorize the verbs at the subconscious level and to subsequently draw on these resources with greater ease in a conversation.

By not including Prefixed Verbs in the list and linking them to their corresponding Core Verbs, students are conscious that while learning the Past and Past Participle of, for example, take, they are also learning those of mistake, overtake, partake, undertake, etc.


Macro-patterns and Micro-patterns

The verbs on the Easy-to-Memorize lists are organized into categories of both Macro- and Micro-patterns. Here are three examples of the 15 Macro-pattern categories that appear on the Master List:

1. Base Form, Past and Past Participle are the same:

put

put

put

2. Base Form is different, Past and Past Participle are the same:

send

sent

sent

3. Base Form, Past and Past Participle are different

eat

ate

eaten

Within each Macro-pattern verbs are divided into groups of Micro-patterns with verbs that follow the same or similar pronunciation patterns, such as:

2. Base Form is different, Past and Past Participle are the same:

lend

lent

lent

send

sent

sent

spend

spent

spent

 

 

 

bring

brought

brought

buy

bought

bought

teach

taught

taught

At the end of some Macro-pattern groups some verbs are placed together that do not fit into any other Micro-pattern group.


Criteria

VerbMatrix Irregular Verb Lists have been rigorously researched. For a verb to be included on a VerbMatrix list it must be documentable from a reliable source and you can rest assured that your students will not waste any time studying irregular Pasts and Past Participles that do not exist or that only exist in non-standard regional dialects.





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