Old English weak and strong verbs

 

1. Indicate whether the following verbs from the Babel passage are strong or weak. Give your reasons. (Sometimes it can help to think of the Modern English form.) Click here to download and print another copy of the Babel passage. Before you start, answer this question: what does the –on ending signify? 

spræcon
wunodon
hæfdon
todælede
astah
getimbrodon
begunnon
nemde

2. Find the four forms of the verb of being (one of them may be hard to recognize because of a late OE spelling) in the Babel passage.

Parse those four examples for the following grammatical features:

person (first, second, third)
number (singular, plural)
tense (present, preterite)
mood (indicative, subjunctive, imperative)