Verb tenses: irregular verbs

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Overview

An irregular verb is one that does not follow a regular pattern of spelling when changing from present to past tense. These verbs are important when learning the past simple tense.

In some cases the past form of the irregular verb is the same as the past participle.

Examples:

Present Past Past Participle
buy bought bought
make made made
say said said

In other cases the past form of the irregular verb is different to the past participle.

Examples:

Present Past Past Participle
fly flew flown
see saw seen
take took taken

While we have many regular verbs in English a lot of the more common ones are irregular. There is no rule or pattern to the irregularity and we just need to learn them.

Further learning
Description Author Language
Probably the best Irregular Verbs rap! ESL Teacher
The difference between 'lie' and 'lay' when talking about position. BBC Learning