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328 Study Questions: Kolln Chapter Three: "Expanding the Main Verb"

Vocabulary (see pages 369-84 of Kolln): active voice, agent, aspect, auxiliary, conditional mood, do support, indicative mood, infinitive, irregular verb, main verb, modal auxiliary, negative sentence, passive voice, person, regular verb, stand-in auxiliary, subjunctive mood, tense, verb-expansion rule.


  • Kolln lists five forms of a verb (base form, -s form, -ed form, -ing form, and -en form.) What are these forms called in traditional grammar?
  • What is a determiner?
  • Provide an example of an auxiliary verb attached to a main verb?
  • What is a modal auxiliary? Give an example.
  • Explain the formula T (M) (have + en) (be + ing) MV.
  • List the six major modal auxiliaries in English. (Hint: do isn't one of them).
  • What is grammatical mood in a verb?
  • Be able to explain the difference between indicative, interrogative, imperative, and conditional mood from lecture.
  • What is grammatical aspect?
  • Explain the difference between progressive (continuous) and preterite (completed) aspect in a verb.
  • Explain the difference between "simple present" and "present progressive."
  • Explain the difference between "simple past" and "past progressive."
  • What is the "stand-in" auxiliary verb?
  • What is "do support"?
  • What is the difference between active and passive voice?
  • Explain how to change active voice to passive voice or change passive voice to active voice.
  • Explain AAVE use of auxiliaries in Black Vernacular.
  • Be able to diagram a sentence in both active voice and passive voice format. Be able to convert one into the other.



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