Most verbs have past tense and past participle in –ed ( worked, played, listened). But many of the most frequent verbs are irregular:

Base form Past tense Past participle

be
begin
break
bring
buy
build
choose
come
cost
cut
do
draw
drive
eat
feel
find
get
give
go
have
hear
hold
keep
know
leave
lead
let
lie
lose
make
mean
meet
pay
put
run
say
see
sell
send
set
sit
speak
spend
stand
take
teach
tell
think
understand
wear
win
write

was/were
began
broke
brought
bought
built
chose
came
cost
cut
did
drew
drove
ate
felt
found
got
gave
went
had
heard
held
kept
knew
left
led
let
lay
lost
made
meant
met
paid
put
ran
said
saw
sold
sent
set
sat
spoke
spent
stood
took
taught
told
thought
understood
wore
won
wrote
been
begun
broken
brought
bought
built
chosen
come
cost
cut
done
drawn
driven
eaten
felt
found
got
given
gone
had
heard
held
kept
known
left
led
let
lain
lost
made
meant
met
paid
put
run
said
seen
sold
sent
set
sat
spoken
spent
stood
taken
taught
told
thought
understood
worn
won
written

 

 

 

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Hello sir,
He keeps the table clean.
Is the verb "keep" is transitive or intransitive?
I'm reading a book that suggesting its a intransitive verb.Can you explain the fact please?

Hello Md.Habibullah,

'keep' is used both transitively and intransitively. You can find detailed definitions and explanations in the dictionary (follow the link). Note that [T] means it is used transitively and [I] means it is used intransitively.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello All,
I am a little bit confused about the verb "to get". In your list of irregular verbs (above) you show the only form of verb "to get", that is "get, got and got" that correspond to "base form, past tense and past participle" respectively. I would like to know if the past participle "gotten" is no longer used.
Thank you,

Hello edias1504,

'Gotten' is used in some dialects of English, primarily US English. It is not used in British English. As I am from the UK I don't use 'gotten' and I wouldn't like to comment on the particular use in the US of the form (how informal it is, whether it is primarily spoken or also used in written English etc.). I'm sure you can find this information online, however.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

It is a good exercise to improve the different rules of irregular verbs but there isn't every irregular verbs

Hello teacher, are the verbs "pay" and "burn" regular verbs or irregular verbs? Thanks.

Hello Tinnam,

'Pay' is in the list of irregular verbs above.

'Burn' is a regular verb, though it can have an irregular past participle: burn - burned/burnt - burned/burnt.

You can check whether a verb is regular or irregular in any online dictionary, such as this one.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your help!

Hello teacher, this English learning platform is brilliant. I learn everyday and it's been 2 weeks, but, I have a problem. There is no one beside me who can correct my mistakes while speaking and writing in English. Could you please help me?
May I post here some of my writings?
Thank you

Hello Saakshee,

I'm very glad to hear that you find LearnEnglish useful! You are very welcome to post your writings here, but I'm afraid we don't provide the service of correcting users' writing. Other users might respond to you, though, so please do share them if you'd like to. We can also answer a specific question of yours from time to time.

I'm not sure if this is possible for you or not, but I'm sure that if you took a class at a British Council Centre in India, your teacher could give the kind of feedback you're looking for.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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