English Irregular verbs

English Irregular verbs


If the conjugation of a verb follows a different pattern than usual, this verb called as an irregular verb.

In English, some endings (like -s, -ed, -ing) are added to regular verbs when the verb is in different time forms. These endings are not added to irregular verbs. It changes in different time forms. For example: look turns into looked (regular), go turns into went (irregular).

  • Some irregular verbs have two options in simple past or past participle forms. You must enter only one of them (example: learned/learnt you can enter learned or learnt)
  • Having a good command of verb patterns is an important aspect of grammar. 
  • In English, the regular forms of verbs are as follows:
    I play tennis once a week. (Present simple)
    I played tennis last Wednesday. (Past simple)
    I have played tennis since I was a child. (Present Perfect)

Every verb in English can have a base form, an -ing form, a past simple form and a past participle.

What are Regular Verbs?

Regular verbs in English create the past simple and past participle by adding -ed to the base form.

What are Irregular Verbs?

There are about 200 irregular verbs in English. We can divide these into four types:

  1. Verbs which have the same base form, past simple and past participle
  2. Verbs which have the same past simple and past participle
  3. Verbs which have the same base form and past participle
  4. Verbs which have a different base form, past simple and past participle

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