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Conjugate your verbs with Microsoft

Technology to aid translation

Those of us who took Latin at school know how hard it can be to keep all of the verb forms straight when trying to learn a new language. Now Microsoft has filed a patent for a technology that may help by automatically conjugating verbs in various languages.

According to a patent application Microsoft filed on 31 August 2006 to the US Patent and Trademark Office, the company aims to patent a "verb conjugating system" that "allows a user to input a form of a verb and display the verb forms".

The system would allow a user to input an infinitive or non-infinitive form of a verb. When a user inputs a non-infinitive form of the verb, the software would identify the corresponding base form of the verb. It would then use that base to display the forms for the verb.

Other characteristics of the technology would be to provide verb forms in a certain language when a user enters a verb in that language, and to identify the exact verb when a user enters the spelling for a verb that could pertain to one or more different languages, according to the patent application.

The conjugating system may also allow a user to input a phrase that includes a verb, and will display the forms corresponding to that verb. It also may detect a misspelling of a form and suggest alternatives.


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