Elvish Verb Structure and Tense
Similar to many agglutinate languages, Elvish does not have many irregular verbs. What is the difference between irregular and regular verbs, you ask? Well, you see, it’s simple: Irregular verbs are verbs that diverge from the regular pronoun and/or tense conjugation of other verbs in the language. Regular verbs, comparatively, usually change their form very little in their conjugations. This isn’t always the case in all languages, but it is the norm.
In English, this is seen in the conjugation of the present tense, past tense, and past participle.
For example, in English we have a lot of irregular verbs. For example, the standard conjugation of verbs in English for tenses (in the case of the verb to hang) is hang, hanged, hanged. Hang the man by the neck until dead. He was hanged by the neck until dead. You will be hanged by the neck until dead.
Contrast that with the verb to hang (ISN’T ENGLISH FUN?!). Which is a completely different word. And means something else. But it’s the same word. But it means… God, English is so confusing when you really sit down and think about it.
In this example, we talk about ‘to hang,’ in terms of hanging something inanimate. I.e. “hang that picture on the wall.” In this example, hang is an irregular verb, because the conjugation is: Hang, hung, hung. Please hang that picture on the wall. I hung the picture on the wall. The picture will be hung on the wall later.
With that out of the way, onto the basics of Elvish Verb Structure and Tense.