Common Irregular Verbs In English

This is a list of the common irregular verbs in English. For a complete list of English irregular verbs, see a good dictionary.

Infinitive / Simple Past / Past participle

arise / arose / arisen

awake / awoke / awoken

be / was, were / been

bet / bet, betted / bet, betted

beat / beat / beaten

become / became / become

begin / began / begun

bend / bent / bent

bind / bound / bound

bite / bit / bitten

bleed / bled / bled

blow / blew / blown

break / broke / broken

bring / brought / brought

build / built / built

burn / burnt, burned / burnt, burned

buy / bought / bought

catch / caught / caught

choose / chose / chosen

come / came / come

cost / cost / cost

cut / cut / cut

deal / dealt / dealt

dig / dug / dug

do / did / done

draw / drew / drawn

dream / dreamt, dreamed / dreamt, dreamed

drink / drank / drunk

drive / drove / driven

eat / ate / eaten

fall / fell / fallen

feed / fed / fed

feel / felt / felt

fight / fought / fought

find / found / found

fly / flew / flown

forget / forgot / forgotten

forgive / forgave / forgiven

freeze / froze / frozen

get / got / got

give / gave / given

go / went / gone, been

grow / grew / grown

hang / hung / hung

have / had / had

hear / heard / heard

hide / hid / hidden

hit / hit / hit

hold / held / held

hurt / hurt / hurt

keep / kept / kept

know / knew/ known

lay / laid / laid

lead / led / led

lean / leant, leaned / leant, leaned

learn / learnt, learned / learnt, learned

leave / left / left

lend / lent / lent

let / let / let

lie / lay / lain

light / lit, lighted / lit, lighted

lose / lost / lost

make / made / made

mean / meant / meant

meet / met / met

pay / paid / paid

put / put / put

read / read / read

ride / rode / ridden

ring / rang / rung

rise / rose / risen

run / ran / run

say / said / said

see / saw / seen

sell / sold / sold

send / sent / sent

set / set / set

shake / shook / shaken

shine / shone / shone

shoot / shot / shot

show / showed / shown

shut / shut / shut

sing / sang / sung

sink / sank / sunk

sit / sat / sat

sleep / slept / slept

smell / smelt, smelled / smelt, smelled

speak / spoke / spoken

speed / sped / sped

spell / spelt, spelled / spelt, spelled

spend / spent / spent

spill / spilt, spilled / spilt, spilled

spin / span, spun / spun

spoil / spoilt, spoiled / spoilt, spoiled

stand / stood / stood

steal / stole / stolen

stick / stuck  / stuck

strike / struck / struck

swing / swung / swung

swim / swam / swum

take / took / taken

teach / taught / taught

tear / tore / torn

tell / told / told

think / thought / thought

throw / threw / thrown

understand / understood / understood

wake / woke / woken

wear / wore / worn

win / won / won

wind / wound / wound

write / wrote / written

Note the following differences between British and American English.

1. burn, dream, lean, learn, smell, spell, spill and spoil are all regular in American English. In British English, irregular past tenses and participles with –t are more common.

2. wake can be regular in American English.

3. quit and wet are regular in British English, but irregular in American English; fit is also usually irregular in American English.

GB: quit, quitted, quitted
US: quit, quit, quit
GB: wet, wetted, wetted
US: wet, wet, wet
US: fit, fit, fit

4. dive is regular in British English, but can be irregular in American English.

GB: dive, dived, dived
US: dive, dove, dived

5. In American English, the past participle of get is got or gotten.

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