101 Irregular Verbs – Past Tense in English

The following is a list of 101 Irregular Verbs in the Past Tense with example sentences in English:

Present tense – Past Tense: Example Sentence

Be – was/were: They were happy. ….. The boy was tired.
Become – became: They became very angry.
begin – began: He began work at seven.
bend – bent: He bent over to pick up the newspaper.
bet – bet: He bet all of his money.
bite – bit: The dog bit the postman.
bleed – bled: My finger bled for a while.
blow – blew: She blew some bubbles.
break – broke: She broke her pencil.
bring – brought: The waiter brought my order to the table.

build – built: The boy built a sandcastle.
buy – bought: She bought many things at the shopping mall.
catch – caught: He caught a small fish.
choose – chose: He chose something from the menu.
come – came: She came to my birthday party wearing a costume.
cost – cost: It cost me a lot of money.
cut – cut: She cut the paper with a pair of scissors.
deal – dealt: She dealt the cards to the other players.
dig – dug: The dog dug a hole in the backyard.
do – did: She did her homework.

draw – drew: He drew another cartoon.
drink – drank: He drank a glass of water.
drive – drove: The clown drove a small car.
eat – ate: She ate all of the cake.
fall – fell: The bowling ball fell on his foot.
feed – fed: She fed the pigeons.
feel – felt: She felt cold.
fight – fought: They fought with pillows.
find – found: She found a coin on the ground.
fly – flew: The pilot flew to another city.

forget – forgot: I forgot what I had to do.
forgive – forgave: She forgave him.
freeze – froze: He froze outside in the blizzard.
get – got: He got the high score.
give – gave: My children gave me a birthday present.
go – went: The kids went to the local park to play.
grow – grew: Flowers grew under the hammock.
hang – hung: The monkey hung from the branch.
have – had: I had pancakes for breakfast.
hear – heard: She heard a sound coming from the box.

hide – hid: He hid his face.
hit – hit: The ball hit the back of her head.
hold – held: She held an egg in her hand.
hurt – hurt: You hurt my feelings.
keep – kept: He kept his tools in a toolbox.
know – knew: She knew the answer.
lead – led: He led his pet along the street.
leave – left: They left the office at 5 o’clock.
lend – lent: He lent me some money.
let – let: My boss let me leave work early.

light – lit: He lit a match.
lose – lost: He lost the match.
make – made: She made a chocolate cake.
mean – meant: I don’t know what you meant.
meet – met: We met for the first time yesterday.
pay – paid: She paid her taxes.
put – put: He put his suggestion in the box.
quit – quit: He quit his job last month.
read – read: I read the book in three days.
ride – rode: She rode her horse.

ring – rang: He rang the doorbell.
rise – rose: Profits rose considerably last year.
run – ran: He ran in the marathon.
say – said: He said that he liked flowers.
see – saw: The pirate saw another ship in the distance.
sell – sold: He sold lemonade in front of his house.
send – sent: He sent a postcard.
set – set: He set the table.
shake – shook: Everything in the house shook during the earthquake.
shine – shone: He shone a flashlight to see where he was going.

shoot – shot: He shot at the target.
shut – shut: The boy shut his eyes.
sing – sang: She sang very well.
sink – sank: He slowly sank in the quicksand.
sit – sat: They sat on the park bench.
sleep – slept: He slept in the armchair.
slide – slid: She slid to second base.
speak – spoke: He spoke about how to be successful in life.
speed – sped: He sped along the road.
spend – spent: He spent all of his money on a new bicycle.

spin – spun: The dancer spun around very quickly.
spread – spread: I spread a lot of jam on the bread.
stand – stood: A guard stood at the entrance.
steal – stole: The thief stole a painting from the museum.
stick – stuck: Some chewing gum stuck to the bottom of his shoe.
sting – stung: A bee stung my arm.
strike – struck: He struck the ball well.
sweep – swept: The man swept the path.
swim – swam: The boy swam to the edge of the pool.
swing – swung: He swung on a vine.

take – took: She took her medication.
teach – taught: He taught geography at a local high school.
tear – tore: She tore the paper in half.
tell – told: I told you to be careful.
think – thought: He thought about a possible solution to the problem.
throw – threw: She threw the can into the bin.
understand – understood: He understood the lesson.
wake – woke: He woke up at 6 o’clock.
wear – wore: She wore a blue hat and a blue dress.
win – won: He won three medals.

write – wrote: The teacher wrote a message on the board.

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