What are Regular and irregular verbs with examples:Before learning Tenses, there is a need to understand the use of verbs. You can’t even imagine tenses without verbs. Time plays important role in making form of verbs. There are basically two types of verbs according to the formations. There is a very thin line in between regular and irregular verbs. Let’s study what are regular and irregular verbs with the help of examples to make their difference clear.

step by step Enlgish grammar- regular and irregular verbsRegular verbs

Irregular verbs

Now we will discuss both of them in details

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What are Regular and irregular verbs with examples

Regular verb

In regular verbs, the present (what is simple present tense?) form of verb can be transformed in simple past and past participle by adding some words at the end. In Regular verbs, we convert present for into simple past and past participle by adding ’d’ or ‘ed’ to their (present) form, these are called Regular verbs.

Examples

Present formV1 Simple PastV2 Past ParticipleV3 Present ParticipleV
Close Closed Closed Closing
Change Changed Changed Changing
Finish Finished Finished Finishing
Hate Hated Hated Hating
Invite Invited Invited Inviting
Join Joined Joined Joining

Irregular verbs

There is no specific rule for Irregular verbs. Some verb forms are different to their simple past and past participle, and sometimes simple past and past participle forms are same. These are called Irregular verbs.

Examples

Present formV1 Simple PastV2 Past ParticipleV3 Present ParticipleV
Know Knew known  
Fall Fell Fallen Falling
Forget Forgot Forgotten Forgetting
Break Broke Broken Breaking
Grow Grew Grown Growing
Give Gave Given Giving

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Sometime there is half a change in simple past and past participle.

Present formV1 Simple PastV2 Past ParticipleV3 Present ParticipleV
Dig Dug Dug Digging
Hold Held Held Holding
Win Won Won Winning
Weep Wept Wept Weeping

 Sometime there is no change in simple past and past participle.

Present formV1 Simple PastV2 Past ParticipleV3 Present ParticipleV
Bet Bet Bet Betting
Cost Cost Cost Costing
Shut Shut Shut Shutting
Spread Spread Spread Spreading

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Abbreviation:   V1 represents first form of verb

            V2 represents second form of verb

            V3 represents third form of verb

Note: Also we have three types of verbs present, past and past participle according to tenses.

For example,

Go-went-gone

Present (1st form) (Go)

Past (2nd form) (Went)

Past participle (3rd form) (Gone)

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