Irregular Verbs in the Past

Irregular Verbs in the Past Espresso English

My ex-girlfriend broke my heart… 🙁

For regular verbs, just add -ed to make the past tense:

  • I work from 9 AM to 5:00 PM every day.
  • Yesterday, I worked until 6:00 PM.

Many common English verbs are irregular in the past:

 

Verb Past – Positive Past – Negative
be was / were wasn’t / weren’t
become became didn’t become
begin began didn’t begin
break broke didn’t break
bring brought didn’t bring
build built didn’t build
buy bought didn’t buy
can could couldn’t
come came didn’t come
cost cost didn’t cost
choose chose didn’t choose
do did didn’t do
drink drank didn’t drink
drive drove didn’t drive
eat ate didn’t eat
fall fell didn’t fall
feel felt didn’t feel
find found didn’t find
forget forgot didn’t forget
get got didn’t get
give gave didn’t give
go went didn’t go
grow grew didn’t grow
have had didn’t have
hear heard didn’t hear
leave left didn’t leave
let let didn’t let
lose lost didn’t lose
make made didn’t make
meet met didn’t meet
pay paid didn’t pay
put put didn’t put
read read
(pronounced “red”)
didn’t read
run ran didn’t run
say said didn’t say
see saw didn’t see
sell sold didn’t sell
send sent didn’t send
sit sat didn’t sit
sleep slept didn’t sleep
speak spoke didn’t speak
stand stood didn’t stand
take took didn’t take
teach taught didn’t teach
tell told didn’t tell
think thought didn’t think
understand understood didn’t understand
wake woke didn’t wake
wear wore didn’t wear
win won didn’t win
write wrote didn’t write


Irregular Past Verbs

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Question 1
Jimmy and Sean _________ a window while playing baseball inside the house.
A
broke
B
bought
C
built
Question 2
I __________ understand the movie we watched in English class.
A
can't
B
couldn't
C
didn't can
Question 3
How long ____________ you to read the book?
A
did it took
B
did it take
C
did it told
Question 4
What ___________ at the store?
A
did you buy
B
you did buy
C
you bought
Question 5
When ____________ their house?  
A
did they sell
B
did they sold
C
was they sell
Question 6
We _________ tickets to the show.
A
isn't get
B
didn't got
C
didn't get
Question 7
Everyone _____ cake at Harold's birthday party on Saturday.
A
eat
B
ate
C
eated
Question 8
We _________ really late yesterday.
A
sleeped
B
slept
C
slipt
Question 9
I ___________ enough time to finish the project.
A
didn't had
B
hadn't
C
didn't have
Question 10
_______ your father happy when he _________ the news?
A
Was / heard
B
Were / hear
C
Was / did hear
Question 11
My favorite basketball team _______ the championship last year.
A
wore
B
wan
C
won
Question 12
The students ____________ their homework.
A
didn't did
B
didn't do
C
didn't
Question 13
Where _________ last Saturday night at 10 PM?
A
you're
B
was you
C
were you
Question 14
What ___________ your girlfriend for her birthday last year?
A
you gave
B
did you give
C
gave you
Question 15
I _______ the president at a conference in 2007.
A
met
B
did meet
C
was meet
Question 16
Aaron and Barbara _____________ out after work yesterday.
A
didn't go
B
didn't gone
C
didn't went
Question 17
My boss ________ me an important e-mail this morning.
A
sent
B
spent
C
said
Question 18
When I was a teenager, my parents __________ me drive their car.
A
didn't let
B
don't let
C
didn't letted
Question 19
Mrs. Johnson ___________ us about World War II in history class.
A
thought
B
learned
C
taught
Question 20
I _____ the eggs and milk in the refrigerator.
A
put
B
paid
C
putted
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