Irregular Verbs

English verbs are quite easy to learn in general. They follow simple rules that are easy to remember.

But, of course, there are some verbs that do not follow these rules, and they are called irregular verbs. These verbs have a different ending when they are in the simple past or in the perfect tenses.

Most verbs in English take an -ed ending in the simple past. However, you must learn the simple past form for irregular verbs.

For example, the verb fly is irregular. The simple past is not "flyed," but "flew."
  • The superhero flew over the city!
Since the verb fly is irregular, it also has an irregular past participle form, which is what we use to make the perfect tenses in English.

For example:
  • The airplane has flown 642 miles so far.
There are many irregular verbs in English, and some of them are very commonly used. For example:
  • go (went - gone)
  • eat (ate - eaten)
  • drink (drank - drunk)
  • leave (left - left)
Since these verbs are very important, the best way to learn them is to study them in small groups of 5 or 10 verbs. If you try to learn them all at once, it can get confusing!

Work with the most common verbs first and keep a list of new irregular verbs that you learn. You should also write your own examples with these verbs to help you remember them more easily.

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