Posted by: Jack Henry | May 22, 2018

Editor’s Corner: Irregular Verbs

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m glad I grew up speaking English because there are certain things that just come naturally. One of those things is different tenses of irregular verbs. Today’s post is dedicated to those of you who don’t speak English as your first language. Below is a selection of verbs in their infinitive, simple past, and past participle conjugations. I selected these because some are particularly odd, some are interesting, and some are very common but they make you scratch your head: for example, go—went—gone. How did that happen?

For more irregular verbs, see English Grammar Online.

Infinitive Simple Past Past Participle
alight alighted, alit alighted, alit
arise arose arisen
beget begot begotten
bereave bereaved, bereft bereaved, bereft
bid bade, bid bidden, bid, bade
burst burst burst
cleave cleft, cleaved, clove cleft, cleaved, cloven
cling clung clung
draw drew drawn
dream dreamt, dreamed dreamt, dreamed
fly flew flown
give gave given
go went gone
heave heaved, hove heaved, hove
hew hewed hewed, hewn
leave left left
melt melted molten, melted
mow mowed mown, mowed
plead pled, pleaded pled, pleaded
ride rode ridden
ring rang rung
rise rose risen
shear sheared shorn, sheared
smite smote smitten
strive strove striven
tread trod trodden

This is how they Sonic?

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

Symitar Documentation Services

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