English is weird. Yes, I know. And there are a lot of “irregularities” or things that don’t follow the rules.
One of the hardest things is the many, many irregular verbs.
Irregular verb: a verb that doesn’t follow normal patterns for verb conjugation
But don’t get overwhelmed or stressed with the irregular verbs! Start with these most common irregular verbs and take one at a time.
- Definition: to express in words
- Infinitive: to say
- Simple Past: said
- Past Participle: said
- Definition: move from one place to another
- Infinitive: to go
- Simple Past: went
- Past Participle: gone
- Definition: move toward the speaker
- Infinitive: to come
- Simple Past: came
- Past Participle: come
- Definition: obtain
- Infinitive: to get
- Simple Past: got
- Past Participle: gotten
- Definition: to form together something in your mind
- Infinitive: to think
- Simple Past: thought
- Past Participle: thought
- Definition: perceive with your eyes
- Infinitive: to see
- Simple Past: saw
- Past Participle: seen
Tips to Study
- Practice one verb per week. Try and use it everyday as much as possible.
- Write 5 examples for each verb, trying to use all of the forms of the verb.
- Work with a partner to make sure that you’re using the right form of the verb.
One of the other hard irregular verbs in English is the verb “to be”. Master that verb with the “How to Use the Verb ‘To Be’ Like a Pro” blog post.
Let me know what’s your hardest irregular verb in the comments!
P.S. Click here for the FREE Irregular Verb Cheat Sheet to practice and study irregular verbs even more at home. Comment below what your answers are!