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IRREGULAR VERBS #4

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 donít 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.

6. The past tense and past participle end in -aught or -ought.

PRESENT PAST PAST PARTICIPLE
buy bought bought
bring brought brought
catch caught caught
fight fought fought
teach taught taught
think thought thought

7. They have a long I-sound in the present tense, a long O-sound in the past tense, and a short I-sound with an -en in the past participle.

PRESENT PAST PAST PARTICIPLE
drive drove driven
ride rode ridden
rise rose risen
write wrote written

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

teach - think - fight - rise - buy - drive - write - bring - catch - ride

1. Rose wasnít awake when the sun _______ this morning.

2. The two boxers _______ hard, but neither one won.

3. Before he went to the party, Bob stopped by the store and _______ a bottle of champagne for $100.

4. Before she went to bed, Tina _______ about her day in her diary.

5. Yesterday, our English teacher _______ us about the irregular verbs.

6. Because the road was very wet, I _______ my bicycle very slowly.

7. Last night, Marty went to a potluck, and he _______ chips and dip.

8. The teacher tossed the stapler to Sally, and she barely _______ it.

9. Two weeks ago, Johnny _______ to the mountains to go camping.

10. After Bill _______ about the math question, he was able to answer it.

PART 3: Choose the correct irregular verb.

1. Steve and Ann (write, wrote, written) a letter to their landlord last week.

2. Bobby (fought, caught, thought) that the movie we saw last night was good.

3. Because she had some extra money, Elaine (bought, wrote, brought) the used car from her neighbor.

4. Although he likes to gamble, James has never (drove, driven, drive) to Las Vegas.

5. Harold (bought, taught, caught) a cold from his wife last week.

6. The pizza dough hasnít (rise, rose, risen) yet.

7. When we were young, my siblings and I (taught, fought, bought) with each other all the time.

8. Mike (brought, rode, wrote) his dictionary to class so that he could look up the new words.

9. Although he likes animals, Willy has never (ride, ridden, rode) a horse.

10. Brianís uncle (taught, bought, brought) him how to play the guitar last year.

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

teach - think - fight - rise - buy - drive - write - bring - catch - ride

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