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1. I may or can be.
1. We may or can be. 2. Thou mayst or canst be. 2. Ye or you may or can be. 3. He'may or can be 3. They may or can be.
1. I might, could, would, or 1. We might, could, would, should be.
or should be. 2. Thou mightst, couldst, 2. Ye or you might, could,
wouldst, or shouldst be. would, or should be. 3. He might, could, would, 3. They might, could, would, or should be.
or should be.
1. I may or can have been. 1. We mayor can have been. 2. Thou mayst or canst have 2. Ye or you may or can been.
have been. 3. He mayor
can have 3. They may or can have been.
1. I might; could, would, or 1. We might, could, would, should have been.
or should have been. 2. Thou mightst, couldst, 2. Ye or you might, could,
wouldst, or shouldst have would, or should have been.
been. 3. He might, could, would, 3. They might could, would or should have been..
or should have been.
1. If I be.
1. If I were,
The remaining tenses of this mood are, in general, similar to the correspondent tenses of the Indicative mood. See pages. 90, 102, 103, and the notes under the nineteenth rule of syntax.
To have been.
ple form; with observations on their peculiar nature and force.
The learner will perceive that the preceding auxiliary verbs, to have and to be, could not be conjugated through all the moods and tenses, without the help of other auxiliary verbs; namely, may, can, will, shall, and their variations. That auxiliary verbs, in their simple state, and unassisted by others, are of a very limited extent; and that they are chiefly useful, in the aid which they afford in conjugating the principal verbs; will clearly appear to the scholar, by a distinct conjugation of each of them, uncombined with any other. They are exhibited for his inspection; not to be committed to memory.
Sing: 1. I was. 2. Thou wast. 3. He was.
IMPERFECT TENSE. Sing. 1. I would. 2. Thou wouldst.
3. He vould. Plur. 1. We would. 2. Ye or you would. 3. They would
Sing. 1. I'might. 2. Thou mightst. 3. He might.
† Shall is here properly used in the present tense, having the same analogy to skould that can has to could, may to might, and will to rinud.
PRESENT TENSE Sing. 1. I can. 2. Thou canst.
3. He can. Plur. 1. We can. 2. Ye or you can.
3. They can.
Done. The verbs have, be, will, and do, when they are unconnected with a principal verb, expressed or understood, are not auxiliaries, but principal verbs: as, “We have enough;" "I am grateful ;" “ He wills it to be so ;" They ilo as they please." In this view, they also have their auxiliaries : as," I shall have enough ;" "I will be grateful,” &c.
The peculiar force of the several auxiliaries will appear from the foHowing account of them.
Do and did mark the action itself, or the time of it, with greater energy and positiveness : as, “I do speak truth ;" "I did respect him;" “Here am I, for thou didst call me." They are of great use in negative sentences: as, “ I do not fear;" “ I did not write.” They are almost universally employed in asking questions: as, “Does he learn?" "Did he not write ?" They sometimes also supply the place of another verb, and make the repetition of it, in the same or a sabsequent sentence, unnecessary : as, 6 You attend not to yo'ır studies as he does;" (i. e. as he attends, &c.) “I shall come if I can; but if I do not, please to excuse me ;" (i. e. if I come not.)
Let net only expresses permission, but entreating, ex