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September 28, 2015

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Oh, he really HAS learned everything! Smart boy. Just warms the heart.

Very impressive work, Mama!

"Zoop conjugates regularly" -- Oh! That warms the cockles of my word-nerd heart. =)

I had to Google "regular perfect participle." I have two questions:

1) What compels small children to add that extra "ed." (e.g. walkeded, skippeded, etc)?

2) If you know what regular participles, perfect participles, etc are, does it help you in picking up other languages?

Hi, Angela.

(1) I think little kids are still figuring out when the extra syllable is required (batted vs. banned) and adding it just in case.

(2) Maybe. But I suspect the real driver of the relationship is that people who love language are more likely to remember weird labels for word functions and to be intrigued by other languages.

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