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Irregular verbs

Level: beginner

Most verbs have a past tense and past participle with –ed:


But many of the most frequent verbs are irregular:

Base form Past tense Past participle
be was/were been
begin began begun
break broke broken
bring brought brought
buy bought bought
build built built
choose chose chosen
come came come
cost cost cost
cut cut cut
do did done
draw drew drawn
drive drove driven
eat ate eaten
feel felt felt
find found found
get got got
give gave given
go went gone
have had had
hear heard heard
hold held held
keep kept kept
know knew known
leave left left
lead led led
let let let
lie lay lain
lose lost lost
make made made
mean meant meant
meet met met
pay paid paid
put put put
run ran run
say said said
see saw seen
sell sold sold
send sent sent
set set set
sit sat sat
speak spoke spoken
spend spent spent
stand stood stood
take took taken
teach taught taught
tell told told
think thought thought
understand understood understood
wear wore worn
win won won
write wrote written
Irregular verbs



Hello Sir,
How are you wherever you are?

I confused two words which are: advice vs advise. could you please classify to me with their meaning?

I am waiting with great response.

hear you soon.


By Mohamed Issa,

Hello again Issa,

'advise' is a verb and 'advice' is a noun -- see this dictionary page for a more complete explanation with examples.

Please be sure to check the dictionary when you have questions about words.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I’d like to know the difference between “awarded something”, “awarded for”, and “awarded with”.


Hello Petals,

Have you checked the dictionary for example sentences? The Cambridge and Longman dictionaries both have lots of examples that should help you with at least the first two phrases. 'to be awarded with X' means the same thing as 'to be awarded X'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Petals,

I'm afraid it's difficult to give you an accurate general answer to this question, as it depends on the nature of the phrase that comes after it. Is there a specific sentence you had in mind?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Team

I would like to know what "link verbs" are?
I also want to know the difference between the usage of the following words:
sleep asleep
wait await
til until
when while
which that
say tell
though although despite

Hi Kirk and Peter,
This sounds bit obvious but I have small confusion during the conversation, if I don't understand something what other person is saying, which one is the correct way to say "I don't get it" or "I didn't get it?".


Hello Kiran,

The proper thing to say depends a bit on how formal the situation is, but here are a few ideas for you. You can say 'Sorry, what was that?' or 'Sorry, I didn't get that.' You could also say 'Could you repeat that, please?' This last one would be better in a more formal situation.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir,
Please help me with the following sentence.
Instruction given : underline the finite verb/s.
'Why do you want to talk to me?'
Sir is 'do' and 'want' both finite verbs or only 'do'?.
Sir as per my understanding ' to talk' is in finite and only 'do' seems finite. But again I'm confused as want is also a finite verb.

Hello amrita_enakshi,

I think this Wikipedia article (see the examples) will answer your question, but if you have any other questions, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team