Irregular verbs are verbs that don’t take on the regular –d, -ed, or -ied spelling patterns of the past simple (V2) or past participle (V3). Many of the irregular V2 and V3 forms are the same, such as: cut – cut, had – had, let – let, hurt – hurt, fed- fed, sold-sold
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Irregular Verb Examples
Irregular verbs are also known as strong verbs. Here are nine that are used more often than the rest. These nine irregular verb examples also happen to be among the most commonly used words in the English language. They are:
The following list of examples show how irregular verbs are used in sentences. Some sentences contain more than one example.
Goget your brother. It’s time to eat dinner.
→ In this example, all three irregular verbs (go, get, and eat) are in base form. I want to build a sand castle like the one we built last year.
→ In this example, the irregular verb build is in base form. The irregular verb built is the past simple form of “build”. When you look at the complete list of examples, you’ll notice that built is also the past participle of the irregular verb “build”. He bet me that I couldn’t run five miles without stopping. I proved him wrong; I ran seven miles before I had to catch my breath.
→ In this example, bet is a past simple form. When you look at the complete list, you will see that all three forms of “bet” are the same. Next, in the same sentence, the irregular verb run is in base form. In the next sentence, ran is the past simple form of “run” and had is the past simple form of “have.” Meanwhile, catch is base form. I awoke to find that a spider had bitten me. Although the wound didn’t bleed, it itched terribly.
→ In this example, the irregular verb awoke is the past simple form of “awake.” Bitten is past participle form of “bite” and bleed is base form. Let’s drink some of this lemonade. I drank some yesterday and found it delicious.
→ In this example, the irregular verb drink is in base form. Drank is the past simple form of “drink,” and found is the past simple form of “find.”
For more examples, read our complete list of irregular verbs in the English language.
Irregular Verb Exercises
Fill the blank spaces with the appropriate irregular verb.
My dog jumped out of the swimming pool and _____________ himself, causing water to spray everywhere. (shake, shook, shaken)
You should have ______________ Trish’s face when she got her surprise. (saw, had seen, seen)
We _____________ the whole day lounging on the beach. (spend, spent, had spend)
Let’s _____________ a hike on Saturday. (take, took, taken)
My brother Mike ______________ his stinky socks on the coffee table. (leave, left, leaving)
This is the ninth time that pitcher has _____________ a foul ball (throw, threw, thrown)
The water balloon _____________ when it hit its target. (burst, busted, broken)
Jesse intentionally ______________ gum in Jeff’s hair. (stick, stuck, sticky)
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past participle verbs exercise
It�s a very easy exercise to work on past participle verbs.
Infinitive, Past simple and Past participle different.
List of irregular verbs.
Список важнейших глаголов неправильного (нестандартного) спряжения.
Weak verbs = Regular verbs: want + ed (слабые глаголы)
Type either the past tense form (past simple) or the past participle form (past perfect).
Have you ever (fly) first /> (fall) down?
What was the last piece of clothing that you (shrink)?
Where is the most beautiful place where you have (swim)?
What problems in your life have you (deal) with successfully?
Have you recently (forgive) someone for a mistake they made?
What prices have (rise) recently?
Have you ever (fight) with a close friend?
When was the last time you (beat) a drum? Why?
What is the worst thing that has ever (bite) you?
If you had to get some words or a phrase (draw) on your skin, what would it be?
Who’s the coolest person that you’ve ever (hang) out with?
Who (cut) your hair last?
Have you ever (spill) wine on expensive clothing?
Intermediate Level: Past Simple, Present Perfect, Past Perfect, and Passive Voice
If you need review, see our lessons on present perfect, past perfect, and the passive voice.
The man who stole the money was (caught).
As a little girl, Mona (dream) of being a writer.
I (bite) my cheek yesterday when I was eating. It (hurt).
By the time we arrived at the theatre, the movie had already (begin).
My brother (bet) ten thousand dollars on a horse race. Of course, he lost.
The dog (dig) a whole and then (put) his bone in it.
Being late (cost) John his last job. Now he’s unemployed.
Volunteers are being (seek) for language teaching positions.
The news quickly (spread) that the pres /> (shoot).
During the flood of 2008, water levels (rise) to dangerous levels.
The child (sneak) behind the counter at the bakery and (stick) his finger in a cake.
His mother saw him and (swear) loudly.
When Laura (fall) off her bicycle, she (tear) the dress she was wearing and (cut) her knee. Unfortunately, the dress wasn’t hers. A friend had (lend) it to her. She had (tear) it and also (bleed) onto it a little. Even though it was damaged, her friend (forgive) her when she returned it.
I hope these exercises on irregular verbs have been useful. Of course, there are many more irregular verbs in English. Keep studying and practicing!
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3 comments on “ English Grammar: Irregular Verb List & Exercises (Beginner & Intermediate ESL) ”
Undeniably, your teaching method is excellent. Happy to find an online teacher like you.
I am helping young people to learn English, in the Netherlands and quite accidentally saw your site and tests. Very helpful, indeed! One small observation: In the second part of the test about Irregular Verbs, sentence number 6 there is a small error. The verb that is given between brackets should be: (give) instead of “gave”.