Irregular Verbs

How confident are you about English irregular verbs?

This video shows you how to pronounce 50 of the most common ones (see the list below):

Here is a list of fifty of the most common irregular verbs, with exercises below. This is a good place to start if you are intermediate or beginner level. Download a copy of this list in PDF. If you are more advanced, download this much longer list, which includes most of the crazy verbs in English.

InfinitivePast SimplePast Participle
bewas / werebeen
becomebecamebecome
beginbeganbegun
bringbroughtbrought
buyboughtbought
choosechosechosen
comecamecome
dodiddone
drinkdrankdrunk
drivedrovedriven
eatateeaten
fallfellfallen
feelfeltfelt
findfoundfound
flyflewflown
forgetforgotforgotten
getgotgot (gotten in USA)
givegavegiven
gowentgone
havehadhad
hearheardheard
keepkeptkept
knowknewknown
leaveleftleft
lendlentlent
letletlet
loselostlost
makemademade
meetmetmet
paypaidpaid
putputput
readread (pronounced /red/)read (pronounced /red/)
runranrun
saysaidsaid
seesawseen
sellsoldsold
sendsentsent
singsangsung
sitsatsat
sleepsleptslept
speakspokespoken
standstoodstood
swimswamswum
taketooktaken
teachtaughttaught
telltoldtold
thinkthoughtthought
understandunderstoodunderstood
wearworeworn
writewrotewritten

  • Try an exercise about the past simple (part 1) of the first 25 irregular verbs here
  • Try an exercise about the past simple (part 2) of the other 25 here
  • Here's an exercise about the past participle (part 1) of the first 25 verbs
  • And an exercise about the past participle (part 2) of the second 25


  • If you want to learn more about the tenses, especially about how to use them when you're speaking, you could try my video course, Terrific Tenses, which is part of Perfect English Grammar Plus.
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