English Irregular Verbs

There are many Irregular Verbs in English which do not conform to the pattern. The principal parts of the English verb are the base form, the simple past, and the past participle. For regular verbs, the simple past and the past participle are spelled the same and are created by adding
ed to the base form. However, there are many irregular verbs in English which do not conform to this pattern.

The additional forms of the verb in English are the
s form (3rd person singular present), and the present participle, which is created by adding ing to the base form. There are no irregular forms of the present participle, so the spelling of any verb will adhere to the rules of spelling for regular inflection.

Verbs in English can be classified according to three different criteria: tense (present, past), aspect (perfect, progressive), and modality. There are only 2 true tenses in English, simple present and simple past, where the actual spelling of the word changes to reflect the change of tense. All the other 'tenses' are variations of the principal parts, which are combined with different auxiliary words to change the aspect or modality of the verb

Following are the rules for using the principal parts of a verb, as well as a list of the irregular verbs showing all 3 parts, and a complete list of all the verb
tenses English.

A comprehensive list of
619 English irregular verbs, including their base form, past simple, past participle and definitions is here below.


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Other Lists of Irregular Verbs.

Irregular Verbs - Third Person Singular
Irregular Verbs - Base Form
Irregular Verbs - like BUY/BOUGHT/BOUGHT
Irregular Verbs - like DIG/DUG/DUG
Irregular Verbs - Present Participle and Gerund
Irregular Verbs - Past Participle
Irregular Verbs - Simple Past
Irregular Verbs - Like Drive / Drove / Driven
Irregular Verbs - Like Find / Found / Found
Irregular Verbs - Like Get / Got / Got
Irregular Verbs - Like Know / Knew / Known
Irregular Verbs - Like Shake / Shook / Shaken
Irregular Verbs - Like Sing / Sang / Sung
Irregular Verbs - Like Swell / Swelled / Swollen
Irregular Verbs - Like Tell / Told / Told
Irregular Verbs - Like Wake / Woke / Woken
Irregular Verbs - Like Wear / Wore / Worn
Irregular Verbs - No Change
Irregular Verbs - The Comprehensive List

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