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"... om te wees, of om nie te wees nie" dit is die vraag! (Willem Wikkelspies/William Shakespeare)

What is a conjugated verb?

Maybe the easiest way to describe what a conjugated verb is, is to pretend conjugation does not exist. Then, we would say: "Yesterday I is sick, and today I is still a little sick, but by tomorrow I will not is sick anymore, I is sure."

I am sure you now have a great idea what conjugation is. In Latin for example, the conjugation was so important, you would say "Amo" to say I love, and "Amat" to say He loves. In English we have love and loves, but we still need to say "I" and "He" or you would not be clear on the meaning. In Afrikaans the pronouns I, you, he-she-it, we, you, they all use the same form of the verb.

All Afrikaans verbs, except these two, use the same form of the verb for Present, Future, and Past. These two verbs have one form for the present, one form for the past, and a third for the future tense.


i) You will learn to use OM TE WEES in the present, future and past tenses.
ii) You will learn how to create the sentence when you want to do the English Progressive Tenses. For example: I am working in Afrikaans becomes I work. or if you have to indicate the busy-in-the-action feel, you would say I was busy to work.
iii) You will learn how to make questions with OM TE WEES.
iv) You will learn how to make a negative sentence with a OM TE WEES sentence.
v) You will learn how to add the helping verbs KAN, WIL, MAG, and MOET to these sentences.