# conjugation (mnemonic)

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Defines:
rationalize the denominator, rationalize the numerator
Type of Math Object:
Definition
Major Section:
Reference

## Mathematics Subject Classification

### hopefully not offensive

In the object "congugation (mnemonic)", I make reference to students learning foreign languages in which they must conjugate verbs. I know that this procedure is not referred to as conjugation in all foreign languages. To play it safe, I qualified that statement using "Indo-European". I don't want to offend somebody by not including a language that they know from being considered simply from the fact that I don't know very much about the language. For example, I know that we have someone active from Finland, and that Finnish is not an Indo-European language. Also, if someone speaks a language in which the changing of verbs is not referred to as conjugation, then this mnemonic is obviously not helpful; however, I feel that it is a helpful mnemonic for those who encounter Indo-European languages.

### Re: hopefully not offensive

Not to worry, we have in the Finnish language a quite rich conjugation of verbs -- BTW I have made the conjugation and syntax program "Tuuli" which gives 1064 different forms of an arbitrary verb (there exist still more forms). But unfortunately, 'conjugation' is "taivutus" in Finnish :(
Also the Basque verb conjugation is versatile. On the contrary, the Chinese (hanyu) has no conjugation, and I think there are in PM some persons with this mother tongue.
Regards,
Jussi

### Re: hopefully not offensive

> contrary, the Chinese (hanyu) has no conjugation, and I
> think there are in PM some persons with this mother tongue.

Indeed. And just to add another example, Japanese has verb (and adjective) conjugation. I hear Korean has too, but I have no experience with this language.

// Steve