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Do you know your "Irregular Verbs?"

Jun 15, 2018

Hello Cafetalk Community!
Most everyone knows how to convert a verb from present to past tense. How do you make a verb past tense?
  1. There are five ways to change a verb from present tense to past tense.
  2. Just add –ed.
  3. Double the final consonant and add –ed.
  4. Drop the final e and add –ed.
  5. Change the y to i and add –ed.
  6. Change the spelling
However, just like all the other rules in English grammar, there's always an exception. There are "Irregular Verbs" where the past tense of the verb does not add an -ed, but they are completely different words. Please see the charts above and below to become familiar with the "Irregular Verbs" so you know and understand how to use them.
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Lady Ayame
(Patricia Ayame Thomson)

The following is a list of Irregular Verbs in English:

VerbPast SimplePast Participle arise arose arisen babysit babysat babysat be was / were been beat beat beaten become became become bend bent bent begin began begun bet bet bet bind bound bound bite bit bitten bleed bled bled blow blew blown break broke broken breed bred bred bring brought brought broadcast broadcast broadcast build built built buy bought bought catch caught caught choose chose chosen come came come cost cost cost cut cut cut deal dealt dealt dig dug dug do did done draw drew drawn drink drank drunk drive drove driven eat ate eaten fall fell fallen feed fed fed feel felt felt fight fought fought find found found fly flew flown forbid forbade forbidden forget forgot forgotten forgive forgave forgiven freeze froze frozen get got got (BrE)
gotten (AmE) give gave given go went gone grow grew grown hang* hung hung have had had hear heard heard hide hid hidden hit hit hit hold held held hurt hurt hurt keep kept kept know knew known lay laid laid lead led led leave left left lend lent lent let let let lie ** lay lain light lit lit lose lost lost make made made mean meant meant meet met met pay paid paid put put put quit quit quit read *** read read ride rode ridden ring rang rung rise rose risen run ran run say said said see saw seen sell sold sold send sent sent set set set shake shook shaken shine shone shone shoot shot shot show showed shown shut shut shut sing sang sung sink sank sunk sit sat sat sleep slept slept slide slid slid speak spoke spoken speed sped sped spend spent spent spin spun spun spread spread spread stand stood stood steal stole stolen stick stuck stuck sting stung stung strike struck struck swear swore sworn sweep swept swept swim swam swum swing swung swung take took taken teach taught taught tear tore torn tell told told think thought thought throw threw thrown understand understood understood wake woke woken wear wore worn win won won withdraw withdrew withdrawn write wrote written


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