Read the article about how irregular verbs are becoming regular and then answer the questions.
Research into linguistics is showing that irregular verbs are heading for extinction. This may be a great relief to those people who learn English and have to memorise the, almost, 200 irregular verbs. In the future, broke will evolve into broked; drove will evolve into droved and chose will become chosed. Experts in the field of language change have made their prediction after the first study of its kind into how irregular verbs have evolved in the last 1,000 years. Their focus has been on the major works of literature and they have tracked verbs from the past until today. Around 90% of verbs in English are regular which means that they take an ed ending: so walk becomes walked, and look becomes looked, and behave becomes behaved. Irregular verbs, as language learners know, are different and have many different ways of forming the past. Some verbs, like hit, stay the same while others, like 'catch' take a different ending and become caught. The study, carried out at the University of Boston, discovered that irregular verbs are changing because of pressure from language users, especially 2nd language users. This is because they find it hard to remember all the irregular verbs and people can still understand them when they make an irregular verb into a regular one; I bringed my bag with me. The academics have predicted that 50 of the irregular verbs will evolve into regular verbs within the next 30 years.
Ask the following questions with either true, false or not given.
- Irregular verbs will disappear one day.
- There are more than 200 hundred irregular verbs.
- The experts whom carried out the study all have PhDs.
- About 90% of verbs are irregular.
- The University of Boston is the oldest university in America.
- 2nd language users find it difficult to remember irregular verbs.