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IRREGULAR VERBS #1

In English, there are two kinds of verbs: regular and irregular.


REGULAR VERBS are regular because they add an -ed suffix to form the past tense and past participle.

Present: I walk to school every morning.

Past: I walked to school yesterday.

Perfect tense: I have walked to school 3 times this week.


IRREGULAR VERBS are irregular because they don’t add an -ed suffix to form the past tense and past participle. Because of that, you need to memorize their three parts.

Present: I drive to school every morning.

Past: I drove to school yesterday.

Perfect tense: I have driven to school 3 times this week.


PART 1: Examine the following two groups of irregular verbs.

1. The D that follows an N or L becomes a T

PRESENT PAST PAST PARTICIPLE
build built built
bend bent bent
send sent sent
spend spent spent

2. The EE sound becomes short, and the verbs have a T in the past tense and past participle

PRESENT PAST PAST PARTICIPLE
feel felt felt
keep kept kept
leave left left
mean meant meant
sleep slept slept
sweep swept swept
weep wept wept

PART 2: Select the correct irregular verb and change it to the past tense.

build - bend - mean - keep - feel - send - sleep - leave - spend - sweep - weep

1. The little girl _______ all her money in her piggy bank, so that she wouldn’t lose it.

2. Yesterday, I _______ an email to a friend of mine, but he hasn’t read it yet.

3. Last night, the cat _______ on the couch.

4. After the big party, the custodians _______ the floor.

5. My next door neighbors _______ a doghouse for their dog, but he has never used it.

6. Last week, my cousin _______ his whole paycheck on a new pair of shoes.

7. The audience _______ when the sad movie was over.

8. The students couldn’t understand what the poem _______.

9. Because she _______ sick, the nurse had to go home.

10. The mailmain _______ the envelope when he put it in the mailbox.

11. The workers _______ early today because they had to go to a party.

PART 3: Are these sentences correct or incorrect? Fix the incorrect ones.

1. The barber swepts the floor after the haircut.

2. Mr. Spencer spent $500 at the mall.

3. Dennis feeled dizzy after the rollercoaster ride.

4. Susie keept complaining during her dentist appointment.

5. My grandparents have never sleeped on a waterbed.

6. Jim sent a letter to his parents when he was on vacation.

7. Mary builded a birdhouse all by herself.

8. The student thought that the word “huge” meant “hug.”

9. Gary accidentally leavet his lunch at home.

10. The employee weept when he found out that he was fired.

PART 4: Try to write past tense sentences with the irregular verbs.

build - bend - mean - keep - feel - send - sleep - leave - spend - sweep - weep

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