Irregular Verbs Examples

Irregular Verbs

You already know that verbs are words that express an action or state of being. You also already know that verbs have five forms: infinitive, simple present, simple past, present participle, and past participle.

Examples of Irregular Verbs:

For regular verbs, the formation of the five forms follows a pattern. Let's review using the verb "laugh":

Infinitive: to + verb = to laugh

Simple Present: verb or verb + "s" = laugh or laughs

Simple Past: verb + "ed" = laughed

Present Participle: verb + "ing" = laughing

Past Participle: verb + "ed" = laughed

The English language has many irregular verbs. This means that the forms of the verb do not follow this basic pattern. Look at the forms for the irregular verb "break."

Infinitive: to + verb = to break

Simple Present: verb or verb + "s" = break or breaks

Simple Past: irregular = broke

Present Participle: verb + "ing" = breaking

Past Participle: irregular = broken

Most native speakers of English learn these irregular forms through everyday speech. For those trying to learn English, the best way to learn the forms of irregular verbs is to memorize the forms. The chart below includes the forms of some common irregular verbs in English. There are many more.

InfinitiveSimple PresentSimple PastPresent ParticiplePast Participle
To goGo or goeswentGoing Gone
To eatEat or eatsAteEating Eaten
To takeTake or takesTookTaking Taken
To loseLose or losesLostLosingLost
To drinkDrink or drinksDrankDrinkingDrunk
To thinkThink or thinksThoughtThinkingThought
To feelFeel or feelsfeltFeelingfelt
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