Middle English Verb Endings

Middle English Verb Endings

Complete the two exercises below:

1. Consult the Wycliffite “Tower of Babel” passage: http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/files/cb45/files/babel-syntax-2.pdf, where the verbs “to divide” and “to descend” are each used twice. The table below inserts them in a paradigm where they belong. Using the information from our textbook and from other words in the passage, complete the paradigm for these two weak verbs.

"to divide"
"to descend"
INFINITIVE    
(all)    
     
PRESENT INDICATIVE    
first person ic ic
second person thou thou
third person he heo
plural (all) thei ge
     
PRESENT SUBJUNCTIVE    
singular (all)    
plural (all)   descende we
     
PRETERITE INDICATIVE    
first person ic ic
second person thou thou
third person (he) deuydide (he) descendide
plural (all) we thei
     
PRETERITE SUBJUNCTIVE    
singular    
plural    
     
PAST PARTICIPLE    
(all) dyuydid  



2. What kind of verb is bigunnen in verse 6?
How would you conjugate it (person, number, tense, mood)?
What would its infinitive be?