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Hope someone can help me with this exercise from a child's school workbook. I get different answers from everyone I ask, so it's just becoming more confusing.

Here goes:

Which is the odd one out? Say why. (The first one was already answered in the book).

1. helped - need - barked - followed ............. need = infinitive

2. answered - asked - looked - said...............

3. wanted - started - frightened - decided......

4. say - came - saw - was ..............................

5. surprised - tired - scared - sighed...............

Many thanks in advance. Emotion: smile
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This is an easy one. However, my answers may not be the only correct ones.

2. Said. All the others are regular verbs.
3. Decided. Decide is the only one of the verbs to which you add only a d to form a past tense or a past participle.
4. Say. All the others are past tense forms, say is a present tense form or an infinitive.
5. Sighed. Sigh is the only infinitive to which ed is added. For all the others, you need just a d. Besides, sighed is the only one that can't be used as an adjective:

I was surprised.
I was tired.
I was scared.

But not: I was sighed.

CB
After a good night's sleep I can give you other correct answers to Nos. 3 and 4.

3. Frightened. It's the only one where the end of the word is pronounced [d ]. In all others it is pronounced [id].
4. Was. Was is the only one of the verbs that can be used as an auxiliary. Examples:
He was reading when I entered his room. (Auxiliary in a continuous/progressive tense.)
He was seen at the bus stop. (A passive auxiliary.)

CB
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Hi,

Don't forget this is said to be a child's exercise. Emotion: sad

Clive
CliveDon't forget this is said to be a child's exercise. Emotion: sad
Hi Clive

Yes, indeed! I had forgotten all about that. They expect children to have very high IQs in some countries.Emotion: smile

Cheers
CB
Thanks a million for taking the time to help me.

You might not believe this, but the exercise is from an English workbook used by German school kids (11 to 12 years old). I must say, as a native Brit, I felt quite silly not knowing the answers ...think I'll just lie and say I worked it out myself. Emotion: wink

By the way, I think this is a brilliant site ...thanks again.
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AnonymousThanks a million for taking the time to help me.

You might not believe this, but the exercise is from an English workbook used by German school kids (11 to 12 years old). I must say, as a native Brit, I felt quite silly not knowing the answers ...think I'll just lie and say I worked it out myself. Emotion: wink
My pleasure! To be quite honest, at first I did think you were putting us on and had just written some verbs to see what kind of a reaction you would get.Emotion: smile This exercise is far too difficult for an 11-year-old. It took me just a few seconds to think of an answer to each item, but that's because I am used to analysing language. And it's quite understandable that a person who has not spent his life involved with languages and grammar can't automatically single out one of the alternatives. No need for you to feel silly!

I don't mind your using my answers at all. I hope they'll do. I am certain I could work out some other "correct" replies in addition to the ones I have given, but that would take some time.

CB