Irregular Verb: Definition, Examples and List of Irregular Verbs in English

Irregular Verbs List! What are irregular past tense verbs? In English grammar there are many rules, and this applies when it comes to verbs. However, there are some verbs which do not conform to the usual rules and these are known as irregular verbs. There are many of them and it is important to remember them and how they work in order to create sentences that are grammatically correct.

In this section, we will be looking at all the different irregular verbs so that you can commit them to memory and use them correctly.

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What are Irregular Verbs?

The English language has a large number of irregular verbs.

In the English language, most verbs (regular verbs) are turned into the past tense by adding ‘-ed’ to the end of a base form of the verb.

Regular verb examples:

  • Cook → Cooked
  • Walk → Walked
  • Talk → Talked
  • Finish → Finished

Irregular verbs (or irregular past tense verbs) are common verbs in English that do not follow the simple system of adding “d” or “ed” to the end of the word to form the past tense (the past simple and/or the past participle)

Irregular verbs examples:

  • Do – did – done
  • Draw – drew – drawn
  • Drink – drank – drunk

Irregular Verbs List

List of 200 Irregular Verbs Commonly Used in Everyday English

Alphabetical list of irregular verbs in the English language.

  • Arise – arose – arisen
  • Awake – awoke – awoken
  • Be – was/ were – been
  • Bear – bore – born(e)
  • Beat – beat – beaten
  • Become – became – become
  • Begin – began – begun
  • Bend – bent – bent
  • Bet – bet – bet
  • Bind – bound – bound
  • Bite – bit – bitten
  • Bleed – bled – bled
  • Blow – blew – blown
  • Break – broke – broken
  • Breed – bred – bred
  • Bring – brought – brought
  • Broadcast – broadcast – broadcast
  • Build – built – built
  • Burn – burnt/burned – burnt/burned
  • Burst – burst – burst
  • Buy – bought – bought
  • Catch – caught – caught
  • Choose – chose – chosen
  • Cling – clung – clung
  • Come – came – come
  • Cost – cost – cost
  • Creep – crept – crept
  • Cut – cut – cut
  • Deal – dealt – dealt
  • Dig- dug – dug
  • Do – did – done
  • Draw – drew – drawn
  • Dream – dreamt/dreamed – dreamt/dreamed
  • Drink – drank – drunk
  • Drive – drove – driven
  • Eat – ate – eaten
  • Fall – fell – fallen
  • Feed – fed – fed
  • Feel – felt – felt
  • Fight – fought – fought
  • Find – found – found
  • Fly – flew – flown
  • Forbid – forbade – forbidden
  • Forget – forgot – forgotten
  • Forgive – forgave – forgiven
  • Freeze – froze – frozen
  • Get – got – got
  • Give – gave – given
  • Go – went – gone
  • Grind – ground – ground
  • Grow – grew – grown
  • Hang – hung – hung
  • Have – had – had
  • Hear – heard – heard
  • Hide – hid – hidden
  • Hit – hit – hit
  • Hold – held – held
  • Hurt – hurt – hurt
  • Keep – kept – kept
  • Kneel – knelt – knelt
  • Know – knew – known
  • Lay – laid – laid
  • Lead – led – led
  • Lean – leant/ leaned – leant/ leaned
  • Learn – learnt/ learned – learnt/ learned
  • Leave – left – left
  • Lent – lent – lent
  • Lie (in bed) – lay – lain
  • Lie (not to tell the truth) – lied – lied
  • Light – lit/ lighted – lit/ lighted
  • Lose – lost – lost
  • Make – made – made
  • Mean – meant – meant
  • Meet – met – met
  • Overtake – overtook – overtaken
  • Pay – paid – paid
  • Put – put – put
  • Read – read – read
  • Ride – rode – ridden
  • Ring – rang – rung
  • Rise – rose – risen
  • Run – ran – run
  • Saw – sawed – sawn/ sawed
  • Say – said – said
  • See – sawed – seen
  • Sell – sold – sold
  • Send – sent – sent
  • Set – set – set
  • Sew – sewed – sewn/ sewed
  • Shake – shook – shaken
  • Shed – shed – shed
  • Shine – shone – shone
  • Shoot – shot – shot
  • Show – showed – shown
  • Shrink – shrank – shrunk
  • Shut – shut – shut
  • Sing – sang – sung
  • Sink – sank – sunk
  • Sit – sat – sat
  • Sleep – slept – slept
  • Slide – slid – slid
  • Smell – smelt – smelt
  • Sow – sowed – sown/ sowed
  • Speak – spoke – spoken
  • Spell – spelt/ spelled    spelt/ spelled
  • Spend – spent – spent
  • Spill – spilt/ spilled – spilt/ spilled
  • Spit – spat – spat
  • Spread – spread – spread
  • Stand – stood – stood
  • Steal – stole – stolen
  • Stick – stuck – stuck
  • Sting – stung – stung
  • Stink – stank – stunk
  • Strike – struck – struck
  • Swear – swore – sworn
  • Sweep – swept – swept
  • Swell – swelled – swollen/ swelled
  • Swim – swam – swum
  • Swing – swung – swung
  • Take – took – taken
  • Teach – taught – taught
  • Tear – tore – torn
  • Tell – told – told
  • Think – thought – thought
  • Throw – threw – thrown
  • Understand – understood – understood
  • Wake – woke – woken
  • Wear – wore – worn
  • Weep – wept – wept
  • Win – won – won
  • Wind – wound – wound
  • Write – wrote – written

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dushyant sharma
dushyant sharma
2 years ago

can u send me verbs in pdf

NoNOsand
NoNOsand
1 year ago

I can say what you can type this to memorize.

uray sri utami ningsih
uray sri utami ningsih
2 years ago

thank you mam for regular and irregular verbs

Chika Collins
Chika Collins
2 years ago

Teach me perfect tense

sarmin sultana
sarmin sultana
2 years ago

i love to you grammar .pl help me i heve problem grammar…

Kaori Kitagawa (@kaorilavender)
Kaori Kitagawa (@kaorilavender)
2 years ago

I am afraid the past simple of see should be saw, not sawed. Thank you.

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