English Language English Grammar: «Irregular Verbs»

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Verbs in English are irregular if they don't have an usual "ed" ending (such as "studied") in the past tense and/or the past participle forms.

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Irregular Verb List[edit | edit source]

Infinitive Simple Past Past Participle
abide abode abode
arise arose arisen
awake awoke awoken
be was, were been
bear bore borne /


beat beat beaten
become became become
beget begat /


begin began begun
bend bent bent
bet bet bet
bid bid /


bid /


bite bit bitten
bleed bled bled
blow blew blown
break broke broken
breed bred bred
bring brought brought
broadcast broadcast broadcast
build built built
burn burnt /


burnt /


burst burst burst
buy bought bought
can could could
cast cast cast
catch caught caught
chide chid /


chid /


choose chose chosen
cling clung clung
clothe clad /


clad /


come came come
cost cost cost
creep crept crept
cut cut cut
deal dealt dealt
dig dug dug
dive dived dived /


do did done
draw drew drawn
dream dreamt /


dreamt /


drink drank drunk
drive drove driven
dwell dwelt dwelt /


eat ate eaten
fall fell fallen
feed fed fed
feel felt felt
fight fought fought
find found found
flee fled fled
fling flung flung
fly flew flown
forbid forbade forbidden
forecast forecast forecast
foresee foresaw foreseen
forget forgot forgotten /


forgive forgave forgiven
forsake forsook forsaken
freeze froze frozen
get got gotten /


give gave given
go went gone
grind ground ground
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
kneel knelt /


knelt /


know knew known
lay laid laid
lead led led
lean leant /


leant /


leap leapt /


leapt /


learn learnt learnt
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
mow mowed mowed /


offset offset offset
overcome overcame overcome
partake partook partaken
pay paid paid
plead pled /


pled /


preset preset preset
prove proved proven /


put put put
quit quit quit
read read read
relay relaid relaid
rend rent rent
rid rid rid
ride rode ridden
ring rang rung
rise rose risen
run ran run
saw saw /


sawn /


say said said
see saw seen
seek sought sought
sell sold sold
send sent sent
set set set
shake shook shaken
shed shed shed
shine shone shone
shoe shod shod
shoot shot shot
show showed shown
shut shut shut
sing sang sung
sink sank /


sunk /


sit sat sat
slay slew slain
sleep slept slept
slide slid slid
slink slunk /


slunk /


slit slit slit
smell smelt smelt
sow sowed sown /


speak spoke spoken
speed sped sped
spell spelt spelt
spend spent spent
spill spilt /


spilt /


spin spun spun
spit spat /


spat /


split split split
spoil spoilt spoilt
spread spread spread
spring sprang sprung
stand stood stood
steal stole stolen
stick stuck stuck
sting stung stung
stink stank stunk
strew strewed strewn /


strike struck stricken /


strive strove striven
swear swore sworn
sweat sweat /


sweat /


sweep swept swept
swell swelled swollen /


swim swam swum
swing swung swung
take took taken
teach taught taught
tear tore torn
tell told told
think thought thought
thrive throve /


thriven /


throw threw thrown
thrust thrust thrust
tread trod trodden
typeset typeset typeset
undergo underwent undergone
understand understood understood
wake woke woken
wear wore worn
weep wept wept
wet wet /


wet /


win won won
wind wound wound
withdraw withdrew withdrawn
wring wrung wrung
write wrote written

We've seen many of the irregular verbs, now let's see some sentenses using them:

Example Sentences Using Irregular Verbs[edit | edit source]

Irregular verbs, on the other hand, need to be studied individually. These example sentences in all tenses will help students learn irregular verb forms in context. Click on one of the irregular verbs listed below for example sentences of irregular verbs in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.

To help you choose the verb you need, each verb includes three example sentences to get you started.

be / was / were / been[edit | edit source]

Tom was in New York yesterday.
I've been at this job for a long time.
She'll be at the party next weekend.

beat  / beat / beaten[edit | edit source]

We beat the home team yesterday.
I've never beaten Tom at chess.
Do you think you could beat him?

become  / became / become[edit | edit source]

Jason has become an excellent doctor.
I'll become your friend if you move here.
The situation became a problem for Bob.

begin  / began / begun[edit | edit source]

They haven't begun the play yet.
I began to work early this morning.
She'll begin to explain in a moment.

bend  / bent / bent[edit | edit source]

He bent the branch until it broke.
The flag poll bends in the wind.
I've bent the nail in the board. 

break / broke / broken[edit | edit source]

My boy has broken three windows this week!
I broke that window last week.
She usually breaks the egg over the sink. 

buy  / bought / bought[edit | edit source]

Janice bought a new watch last week.
I usually buy my vegetables at a country stand.
He's bought more than ten cars in his life. 

come  / came / come[edit | edit source]

We came home earlier yesterday.
He comes to class on time every day.
He's come across that song before. 

cut / cut / cut[edit | edit source]

How many pieces have you cut?
I cut my finger on a glass yesterday.
The boy never cuts his own steak.

draw / drew / drawn[edit | edit source]

She drew a beautiful picture in class. Jackie has drawn a few clowns this week.
She'll draw the money from the account tomorrow. 

drink / drank / drunk[edit | edit source]

I was so thirsty I drank two bottles of water.
Have you drunk any water yet?
I'll drink something when I get there. 

drive / drove / driven[edit | edit source]

Have you ever driven across the US?
I drove to the basketball game after work.
He's going to drive to the airport this evening. 

eat / ate / eaten[edit | edit source]

We ate lunch early today.
Have you eaten already?
Where did you eat dinner yesterday?

find / found / found[edit | edit source]

Have you found him yet?
I found this book on that table over there.
I'll find him, don't worry!

fly / flew / flown[edit | edit source]

Cheryl flew to Brazil last month. Have you ever flown around the world?
He's going to fly a commercial airliner some day.

Practice Resources[edit | edit source]


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