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Irregular Verbs

 
Irregular verbs are an important feature of English. We use irregular verbs a lot when speaking, less when writing.
 
Of course, the most famous English verb of all, the verb "to be", is irregular.
 
What is the difference between regular verbs and irregular verbs?
 
 
Base Form
Past Simple
Past Participle
With regular verbs, the rule is simple.
 
The past simple and past participle always end in ed
walk
walked
walked
work
worked
worked
stop
stopped
stopped
But with irregular verbs, there is no rule.
 
Sometimes the verb changes completely:
ring
rang 
rung
Sometimes there is "half" a change:
buy 
bought
bought
Sometimes there is no change:
cut
cut
cut
 

Common Mistakes

 
Writers make two frequent errors with irregular verbs. They either add an incorrect ed to the end of an irregular verb or accidentally interchange the simple past and past participle. Read this sentence:
 
Peter feeled like exercising yesterday, so he putted on his bathing suit and drived to the YMCA, where he swum so far that only an extra large pizza would satisfy his hunger.
 
What are the problems with this sentence? First, feeled should be felt. Next, putted needs to be put. The correct past tense of drive is drove. And we must change swum to swam.
 
 
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