Klickna shows path to proper use of verbs

Cinda Klickna is the author of the book "Out of the Beaks of Birds: Our Crazy, Pesky...Verbs" which was designed to help teach children good grammar by hearing verbs used correctly at a young age. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]
  • Cinda Klickna served as president of the Illinois Education Association.
Jim Edwards

Several years ago, Cinda Klickna had a Korean foreign exchange student in an English class she was teaching in Springfield.

The student asked Klickna whether the correct use of the verb was “he doesn’t” because she was hearing a lot of other students say “he don’t.” Klickna assured her she was correct.

“‘But (these students) grew up here. They should know the language,'” Klickna recalled the student telling her. “That’s always stuck with me.”

Klickna, 69, who lives in Rochester, decided to do something about it.

The recently self-published book “Out of the Beaks of Birds: Our Crazy, Pesky…Verbs,” Klickna said, is the result of hearing students — and adults and media — use verbs incorrectly.

It breaks down a number of verbs in their present and past tenses along with the past participle form — “go,” “went” and “have gone” as an example, Klickna said.

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