Irregular Past Tense Verbs List

By | November 22, 2012

Here is a list of irregular past tense verbs. If you find any that I’ve missed on this list (and I’ve probably missed a few!) then please use the comment form at the bottom of this page and I’ll add it to the list.

Irregular past tense verbs are divided into the past simple form and the past participle.

Irregular verbs differ from regular verbs because they don’t add the -ed suffix at the end. With irregular verbs either the word changes or stays the same. Verbs change when used in some tenses in English and it’s important to know which verbs are regular and which ones are irregular.

Here I would like to create the complete list of irregular past tense verbs. I will keep adding to the list as and when I find them, but if you have any then please use the comment form!

Verb (infinitive)Past simple formPast participle
A
arisearosearisen
awakeawokeawoken
B
bearboreborne
beatbeatbeaten
becomebecamebecame
beginbeganbegun
bendbentbent
besetbesetbeset
betbet/bettedbet
bidbidbid
bindboundbound
bitebitbitten
bleedbledbled
blowblewblown
breakbrokebroken
breedbredbred
bringbroughtbrought
broadcastbroadcastbroadcast
buildbuiltbuilt
burnburnt/burnedburnt/burned
burstburstburst
buyboughtbought
C
castcastcast
catchcaughtcaught
choosechosechosen
clingclungclung
comecamecome
costcostcost
creepcreptcrept
cutcutcut
Verb (infinitive)Past simple formPast participle
D
dealdealtdealt
digdugdug
divedived/dovedived
dodiddone
drawdrewdrawn
dreamdreamt/dreameddreamt/dreamed
drinkdrankdrunk
drivedrovedriven
E
eatateeaten
F
fallfellfallen
feedfedfed
feelfeltfelt
fightfoughtfought
findfoundfound
fitfitfit
fleefledfled
flingflungflung
flyflewflown
forbidforbadeforbidden
forgetforgotforgotten
forego/forgoforewentforegone
forgiveforgaveforgiven
forsakeforsookforsaken
foretellforetoldforetold
freezefrozefrozen
G
getgotgot/gotten
givegavegiven
gowentgone
grindgroundground
growgrewgrown
H
hanghunghung
hanghangedhanged
havehadhad
hearheardheard
hidehidhidden
hithithit
holdheldheld
hurthurthurt
K
keepkeptkept
kneelkneltknelt
knowknewknown
L
laylaidlaid
leadledled
leanleant/leanedleant/leaned
leapleapt/leapedleapt/leaped
learnlearnt/learnedlearnt/learned
leaveleftleft
lendlentlent
letletlet
lielaylain
lightlit/lightedlit/lighted
loselostlost

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Verb (infinitive)Past simple formPast participle
M
makemademade
meanmeantmeant
meetmetmet
misspellmisspelt/misspelledmisspelt/misspelled
mistakemistookmistaken
mowmowedmowed/mown
O
overcomeovercameovercome
overdooverdidoverdone
overtakeovertookovertaken
overthrowoverthrewoverthrown
P
paypaidpaid
pleadpleaded/pleadpleaded/plead
proveprovedproved/proven
putputput
Q
quitquitquit
R
readreadread
ridridrid
rideroderidden
ringrangrung
riseroserisen
runranrun
S
sawsawedsawn/sawed
saysaidsaid
seesawseen
seeksoughtsought
sellsoldsold
sendsentsent
setsetset
sewsewedsewn/sewed
shakeshookshaken
shearshearedsheared/shorn
shedshedshed
shineshoneshone
shootshotshot
showshowedshown
shrinkshrankshrunk
shutshutshut
singsangsung
sinksanksunk
sitsatsat
sleepsleptslept
slayslewslayed/slain
slideslidslid
slingslungslung
slitslitslit
smellsmelt/smelledsmelt/smelled
smitesmotesmitten
sowsowedsown/sowed
speakspokespoken
speedsped/speededsped/speeded
spellspelt/spelledspelt/spelled
spendspentspent
spillspilt/spilledspilt/spilled
spinspunspun
spitspatspat
splitsplitsplit
spoilspoilt/spoiledspoilt/spoiled
spreadspreadspread
springsprangsprung
standstoodstood
stealstolestolen
stickstuckstuck
stingstungstung
stinkstankstunk
stridestrodestridden
strikestruckstruck
strivestrovestriven
swearsworesworn
sweepsweptswept
swellswelledswelled/swollen
swimswamswum
swingswungswung
T
taketooktaken
teachtaughttaught
teartoretorn
telltoldtold
thinkthoughtthought
thrivethrived/throvethrived
throwthrewthrown
thrustthrustthrust
treadtrodtrodden
U
understandunderstoodunderstood
upholdupheldupheld
upsetupsetupset
W
wakewoke/wakedwoken/waked
wearworeworn
weavewove/weavedwoven/weaved
wedwedded/wedwedded/wed
weepweptwept
winwonwon
windwoundwound
withdrawwithdrewwithdrawn
withholdwithheldwithheld
withstandwithstoodwithstood
wringwrungwrung
writewrotewritten

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