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Irregular Verbs in English

irregular verbs

These are often the most difficult verbs for a student to master. Native English speakers think they’re easy, but people who learn English as a second language will tell you that they are not easy.

At the very least, you must know the basic meanings of irregular verbs and how they change from one verb tense to another. The videos included here may help you with that. 

Let’s begin with the four principal parts of a verb: 

The Four Principal Parts of a Verb

There are four principal parts to a verb: the simple form, the past tense form, the past participle, and the present participle. You must know the differences among these four forms in order to master the use of verbs, regular and irregular. Here’s a list of irregular verbs in these four forms: Irregular Verbs List A – Z

This next video shows what the four principal parts of a verb look like for irregular verbs. This is very important to know in order to use verbs correctly in all types of verb tenses. 

When regular verbs appear in the past tense or as past participles, they have an “ed” ending:  worked, lived, decided, etc.  

However,  irregular verbs appear in ways that are not always predictable. That’s why you must memorize the way that they change. Below are some common irregular verbs. 

Simple 

be

do

go

get

have

put

run

set

write

Past

was / were

did

went

got

had

put

ran

set

wrote

Past Participle 

been

done

gone

gotten

had

put

run

set

written

Present Participle

being

doing

going

getting

having

putting

running

setting

writing

This next video shows irregular verbs from M – Z. 

Examples of Irregular Verbs in English

Click here: Irregular Verbs List A – Z for a printable PDF of irregular verbs. 

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