Middle English Verb Endings

Complete the two exercises below:

1. Consult the Wycliffite “Tower of Babel” passage, 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 personicic
second personthouthou
third personheheo
plural (all)theige
   
PRESENT SUBJUNCTIVE  
singular (all)  
plural (all) descende we
   
PRETERITE INDICATIVE  
first personicic
second personthouthou
third person(he) deuydide(he) descendide
plural (all)wethei
   
PRETERITE SUBJUNCTIVE  
singular  
plural  
   
PAST PARTICIPLE  
(all)dyuydid 



2. What kind of verb is founden/funden in verse 2?
How would you conjugate it (give the number, tense & mood)?
What would its infinitive be? (Hint: consult the paradigm in ODEL.)