Is “safes” an acceptable alternative to “makes safe”

Though I know it’s uncommon usage (and intentionally so). Is the follow sentence legitimate? She safes the dangerous area so it cannot be stumbled upon. Obviously, modern usage would be “she makes safe”, but some research on my part shows that “safes” is an acceptable “third-person singular simple present” form of safe. Am I correct? … Read more

Is there a verb base-form with two semantics having different conjugations?

Is there a verb base-form with two semantics having different conjugations? For example, given base-form “rise”: “rise” “rises” “rose” “rising” “risen”; “rise” “rises” “rosed” “rising” “rised”; the latter being fictitious of course. Answer The past tense of hang has two different conjugations. When referring to the method of execution: He was hanged at dawn. When … Read more

Why is “bales” the 3rd person singular of “bail”?

Today I come across a video where I heard “But each time God bails Abraham out …”, however, looking at the subtitle, it is “bales Abraham…”. I thought the subtitle maker made a typo, but upon looking it up on Google, the word is actually legitimate: bail 3 verb: 3rd person present: bales scoop water … Read more

Syncretism of plain primary and plain secondary in Huddleston’s verb paradigm

Rodney Huddleston argued that grammars should only allow for “inflectional distinction” between two forms of a verb when “there is at least one lexeme with a stable contrast in realisation between those two forms” (76). However, in the verb paradigm “with six forms” that he lays out, what he calls the primary plain form and … Read more

Socialize or socializing?

Again in my exam paper I had to fill this missing sentence: Many critics also belive that television shoukd be used …(38) constructive purpose as well as for entertainment. Which word is correct to fill that missing statement no. (38), socialize, socializing, or neither? Answer “… used for socially constructive …” Neither of the words … Read more

I hope you can help me in this matter // is it correct?

I am writing a letter to the company with attached CV. This company can manage accreditation process and provide world leading task management and support for a specific type of job. In the end of my letter I am planning to use: …… I hope you can help in this matter. Looking forward to receiving … Read more

Is “ageing” the only exception?

have, having love, loving make, making take, taking give, giving hate, hating strive, striving Etc. When a verb in its lemmatic form ends with “-e” then its present participle omits that letter. Except that the British make an exception of the word “age” and write “ageing”. Are there other such exceptions? Are there any such … Read more

Is it correct to say “unbinded”?

Let’s say I have two objects that I want to bind together (just in abstract manner – matching abstract object). Now, let’s say I have an object that is not bound to any other object. Can I say that this object is “unbinded”? Thanks. Answer An object that is not bound isn’t * unbinded, it … Read more