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Irregular Verbs

An irregular verb is one that does’t form its simple past tense or its past participle by adding -ed or -d to the base form. Irregular verbs contrast with regular ones, which form the simple past tense and past participle by adding -ed or -d form.

That list contains all the irregular verbs of the English language. Each entry includes the base or bare infinitive first, followed by the simple past (V2) form.

Taking some time to make sentences using each irregular verb form will help you to use these verbs correctly when speaking and writing. Simply reading through this list will help you to recognize an irregular verb instantly when you see one of them.

Let’s take a look at “The most common irregular verbs in English”

1→ Irregular verbs in the table

2 → Affirmative phrase → 1st person singular

3 → Affirmative phrase → 3rd person singular

3 → Negative phrase → 1st person singular

4 → Negative phrase → 3rd person singular

go – went – gone

Irregular Verbs
Irregular Verbs

Check the “Irregular Verbs – Complete List”

Base FormPast Simple (V2)
arisearose
awakeawoke
bewas/were
bearbore
beatbeat
becomebecame
beginbegan
bendbent
betbet
bindbound
bitebit
bleedbled
blowblew
breakbroke
breedbred
bringbrought
broadcastbroadcast
buildbuilt
burnburnt/burned
burstburst
buybought
cancould
catchcaught
choosechose
clingclung
comecame
costcost
creepcrept
cutcut
dealdealt
digdug
dodid
drawdrew
dreamdreamt/dreamed
drinkdrank
drivedrove
eatate
fallfell
feedfed
feelfelt
fightfought
findfound
flyflew
forbidforbade
forgetforgot
forgiveforgave
freezefroze
getgot
givegave
gowent
grindground
growgrew
hanghung
havehad
hearheard
hidehid
hithit
holdheld
hurthurt
keepkept
kneelknelt
knowknew
laylaid
leadled
leanleant/leaned
learnlearnt/learned
leaveleft
lentlent
lie (in bed)lay
lie (to not tell the truth)lied
lightlit/lighted
loselost
makemade
maymight
meanmeant
meetmet
mowmowed
musthad to
overtakeovertook
paypaid
putput
readread
riderode
ringrang
riserose
runran
sawsawed
saysaid
seesaw
sellsold
sendsent
setset
sewsewed
shakeshook
shallshould
shedshed
shineshone
shootshot
showshowed
shrinkshrank
shutshut
singsang
sinksank
sitsat
sleepslept
slideslid
smellsmelt
sowsowed
speakspoke
spellspelt/spelled
spendspent
spillspilt/spilled
spitspat
spreadspread
standstood
stealstole
stickstuck
stingstung
stinkstank
strikestruck
swearswore
sweepswept
swellswelled
swimswam
swingswung
taketook
teachtaught
teartore
telltold
thinkthought
throwthrew
understandunderstood
wakewoke
wearwore
weepwept
willwould
winwon
windwound
writewrote

* regular form (+ -ed) also possible.

The trend, in English, and especially in American English, is to standardize the irregular verbs. We do not foresee all the irregular verbs ever being standardized, but some of the more minor variations in less commonly used words will probably disappear in the next genration or two.

The following English irregular verbs are now obsolete and use the standard past and participle forms (-ed).

infinitivesimple past
burnburnt
dreamdreamt
learnlearnt
smellsmelt
spellspelt

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