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Grammar Lesson: Irregular Verbs

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Dec 14, 2010

Regular verbs form their past and past participle forms by adding -d or -ed to the verb's present tense. Thus, use becomes used, and call becomes called. Irregular verbs form their past and past participle forms differently. The present tense break becomes broke in its past-tense form and broken in its past participle form. The present tense verb buy becomes bought in its past and past participle forms.

Activity 1- Working With Irregular Verbs

Underline the correct form of the irregular verbs that appear in Irregular Verbs (Part One).

  1. All of the most talented golfers (came, come) to the big tournament last year.
  2. Emma has (draw, drew, drawn) a caricature of her uncle spending a dollar that weekend.
  3. Did this set of glasses (cost, costed) much money?
  4. Has James already (drink, drank, drunk) the entire bottle of water?
  5. Ellie (held, holded) her breath as her brother attempted to start his car.
  6. These religious leaders (feeled, felt) the need to discuss the event with their congregation members.
  7. Three days ago the Umpies (goed, went) to visit the Shorties.
  8. Jimmy Baldino (grow, grew, grown) tomatoes in his backyard last summer.
  9. You could have (get, got, gotten) better advice about the problem from Uncle John.
  10. Have Moe and Kate (chose, choose, chosen) their favorite tunes for the drive to the Cape?
  11. It had just (begin, began, begun) to rain when the horses were leaving the barn.
  12. Patsy (find, finded, found) an interesting way to repair this float.
  13. Jack (fall, fell, fallen) asleep listening to his oldies.
  14. Now I (begin, begun) to see exactly how she solved the mystery.
  15. Murphy (bring, brang, brung, brought) the scrap of food to his cage.

Regular verbs form their past and past participle forms by adding -d or -ed to the verb's present tense. Thus, like becomes liked, and walk becomes walked. Irregular verbs form their past and past participle forms differently. The present tense rise becomes rose in its past-tense form and risen in its past participle form. The present tense verb sit becomes sat in both its past and past participle forms.

Activity 2- Working With Irregular Verbs

Underline the correct form of the irregular verbs that appear in Irregular Verbs (Part Two).

  1. I (wear, wore, worn) these running shoes whenever I go jogging.
  2. Cousin Moe (write, wrote, written) a beautiful piece about her second-grade students.
  3. Mervin (lose, loosed, lost) weight.
  4. Could Ms. Short have (sing, sang, sung) any more beautifully than she did at that ceremony?
  5. The court officer (sent, sended) a note about the jury to the judge.
  6. Remember that the police officers had already (speak, spoke, spoken) to us about this situation.
  7. The small group of musicians had (sat, sit) on this bench during their break.
  8. Please (take, taken, took) these plates over to the machine.
  9. My shirt (shrank, shrinked, shrunk) in the dryer last night.
  10. Jason (telled, told) that joke to us last Monday.
  11. Could Kayla have (write, wrote, written) that essay as quickly as she did?
  12. The tall boy (swam, swimmed, swum) twenty laps in the pool this morning.
  13. This cloth has been (teared, tore, torn) up by the hungry dog.
  14. With that amazing catch, the skilled receiver (win, winned, won) the game for her team.
  15. Wellington had (ran, run) for that office two years ago.
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