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I created this lesson to help you REVIEW irregular English verb forms. Knowing these different verb forms is crucial to using tenses correctly – especially the perfect tenses!

Learn more about when to use the present perfect and past simple tenses in this video here.

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Video Transcript

Hello, I’m Emma from mmmEnglish! My students are always complaining about irregular English verbs.

How can I learn them?
What are the rules?! 

I’m not going to lie, they are tough!

be, do, have, go, come, say, take, get, make, see

There are fewer irregular verbs than there are regular verbs. But these irregular verbs are very, very common verbs. They’re used more often than other regular verbs. So if you’ve been telling yourself that you don’t need to worry about irregular verbs… Get your head out of the clouds! Stop dreaming!

You need to learn how to use these important English verbs … Automatically.

In this lesson, I’m going to test your knowledge of past tense irregular verbs, to train you to think of them instantly! So, get ready! You need to be thinking quickly! Pay attention.

On the screen, you’ll see a verb appear in the present tense: eat
Then, you’ll see the past simple tense: ate
And the past participle: eaten

But this is a speed test! So you need to try and beat me to it! Answer, out loud before I do and then…. You can tell your friends that you beat your teacher in an irregular verb test!

Ready? Let’s get started!

Infinitive Past Simple Past Participle
becomebecamebecome
bringbroughtbrought
forgetforgotforgotten
choosechosechosen
findfoundfound
comecamecome
drivedrovedriven
fallfellfallen
feelfeltfelt
buyboughtbought
flyflewflown
bewas/werebeen
knowknewknown
getgotgotten (American English) / got (British English)
wearworeworn
teartoretorn
havehadhad
swimswamswum
keepkeptkept
gowentgone / been (*see note below table)
teachtaughttaught
sleepsleptslept
lendlentlent
standstoodstood
paypaidpaid
letletlet
loselostlost
singsangsung
meetmetmet
beginbeganbegun
putputput
readreadread
saysaidsaid
makemademade
sellsoldsold
thinkthoughtthought
drinkdrankdrunk
sendsentsent
leaveleftleft
sitsatsat
speakspokespoken
writewrotewritten
taketooktaken
lieliedlied (not telling the truth)
lielaylain
smellsmelled (more common) / smelt (British English)smelled / smelt
givegavegiven
hearheardheard
telltoldtold
seesawseen
understandunderstoodunderstood
dodiddone

**The main difference between been and gone: That could be a little tricky to explain but you use “been” and “gone” for different reasons. If you go somewhere else, to another country, to a friend’s house, then you have gone from the original place – maybe your house. But if you have been, then you have gone but you’ve also come back to the original place.

Phew! How did you go? I’m sure there were quite a few that you know and that you got right! But there were probably a few that tested your memory. Maybe you haven’t used them in a little while! So it’s a good idea to jog your memory.

But don’t worry about it if you didn’t get them all right! Use this video to test and build your knowledge of these verbs. Go back to the start of the video and practise. Use this video to test and build your knowledge of these verbs. Go back to the start of the video and practise again and again and again, until you have them all memorised!

Which irregular verbs do you find most difficult to use and remember? Share them in the comments under this video!

And don’t forget that there are a bunch of irregular verbs that are only irregular because they don’t actually change in different tenses! They’re always the same – there’s only one form. For example:

  • bet
  • cut
  • hit
  • hurt
  • let
  • put (we spoke about those just before)
  • quit
  • read and read (the spelling is the same but the pronunciation’s different)
  • set
  • shut
  • spread

For those of you who are feeling up for the challenge…. Then download this worksheet up here to practise using these verbs in different tenses!

Well, that’s it for this mini training lesson! I’m sure that you must feel great about reviewing and practising how to use these verbs in English, so that you can speak more fluently, confidently and automatically in English!

Now, check out this extra training that I prepared about the present perfect tense and practise using the past participle form in this tense. There’s also another playlist right here with more mmmEnglish lessons!

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