Irregular English Verbs 👉 Past Participle Form | Common Grammar Mistakes
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!
How can I learn them?
What are the rules?!
I’m not going to lie, they are tough!
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|
|get||got||gotten (American English) / got (British English)|
|go||went||gone / been (*see note below table)|
|lie||lied||lied (not telling the truth)|
|smell||smelled (more common) / smelt (British English)||smelled / smelt|
**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:
- put (we spoke about those just before)
- read and read (the spelling is the same but the pronunciation’s different)
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!
Links mentioned in the video
Subject-Verb Agreement | English Grammar Lesson | Fix Common Mistakes
How to use GERUNDS and INFINITIVES | Confusing English Grammar
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