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Common Irregular Verbs and How to Use Them Correctly

Updated on July 17, 2013

Common Irregular Verbs and How to Use Them Properly

There is a simple rule for changing a verb to past tense. Most verbs can be turned into past tense simply by adding a “d’ or “ed” to the end of the verb. But just like with most rules, there are exceptions that can confuse us. There are many irregular verbs in the English language. Below is a list of irregular verbs that are commonly misused, because they do not follow the rule.


Begin

Past tense: began Past Participle: begun

Incorrect: She beginned to really appreciate 90’s music after hearing a Justin Bieber song.

Correct: She began to really appreciate 90’s music after hearing a Justin Bieber song.


Cling

Past tense: clung Past Participle: clung

Incorrect: Sue clinged to the thought of the hot bath waiting for her at home to make it through her work day.

Correct: Sue clung to the thought of the hot bath waiting for her at home to make it through her work day.


Read

Past tense: read Past Participle: read

Incorrect: I readed her Facebook status about cottage cheese over and over again.

Correct: I read her Facebook status about cottage cheese over and over again.


Understand

Past tense: understood Past Participle: understood

Incorrect: I finally understanded how my parents felt all those years when I first heard my daughter say “I was asked on my first date this weekend.”

Correct: I finally understood how my parents felt all those years when I first heard my daughter say “I was asked on my first date this weekend”


Lend

Past tense: lent Past Participle: lent

Incorrect: I knew she was my best friend the day she lended an ear to hear me complain about the huge pimple on my forehead for over an hour without telling me to shut up.

Correct: I knew she was my best friend the day she lent an ear to hear me complain about the huge pimple on my forehead for over an hour without telling me to shut up.


Forgive

Past tense: forgave Past Participle: forgiven

Incorrect: My puppy forgived me for stepping on his tail.

Correct: My puppy forgave me for stepping on his tail.



Other Irregular Verbs

Base Form
Past Tense
Past Participle
be, is, am, are
was, were
been
beat
beat
beaten
buy
bought
bought
choose
chose
chosen
come
came
come
do
did
done
draw
drew
drawn
eat
ate
eaten
fall
fell
fallen
fell
felt
felt
fight
fought
fought
fling
flung
flung
give
gave
given
go
went
gone
have
had
had
lay
laid
laid
run
ran
run
say
said
said
send
sent
sent
swim
swam
swum
tell
told
told
wear
wore
worn

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      lauren duff 

      6 years ago

      helped alot,

      thanks!!!

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      marcedes loraszo 

      6 years ago

      this page is so great!!!!!

      my teacher actually reccomended this page after i failed my helping verbs test,

      but after i studies here i got a B+!!!!!!!

      YAY

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      renee porter 

      6 years ago

      i seriosly like this page!!

      helps ALOT with school,

      but harry's right,you nead more helping verbs.

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      hariette vion 

      6 years ago

      like the page!

      but you nead more helping verbs:)

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