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Grammar and Style » General Reference » Irregular Verbs

Have you ever heard a little kid say he "eated" some ice cream, or that his toy is "breaked"? He is trying to following the usual pattern for changing verbs, but he's got it wrong because the verbs he is using—like about 250 others in English—are irregular verbs.

Irregular verbs do not follow the usual pattern of adding -d or -ed to form the past tense and past participle. Irregular verbs form the past tense and past participle in a variety of ways.

More on This - A list of common irregular verbs Practice - Try switching tenses of irregular verbs Links - Information elsewhere


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