Irregular Verbs: Present and Past Tense


Hello! My name is Kiley, and welcome to Irregular
Verbs: Past and Present Tense. Like many parts of English grammar, there
are sometimes exceptions to the rules. In this video you will learn about some verbs
that don’t fall under the basic verb rules. Let’s go see what I mean. You already know that verbs are words that
describe an action or state of being. Verbs can be changed from the present tense
to the past tense by adding “d,” as in, “baked,” “ed,” as in, “worked,” and “ied,” as in, “cried.” If you want more details about how to add
suffixes to words, watch the video called, “Suffixes.” Verbs may be written in the present tense, and these are words that describe
what is happening right now. For example, “You learn.” Right now you learn as you are watching this video. This is happening in the present moment, so we say that the verb, “learn,” is in the present tense. Verbs written in the past tense are words
that describe what happened in the past, or yesterday, or last week, or last month, or a long, long time ago. Any time before right now is written in the past tense. For example, “Yesterday, you learned.” The learning happened in the past,
so we add, “ed,” and we say the verb, “learned” as in the past tense. Some words do not follow the regular rules
of grammar when changing from present to past tense, and they’re called, “irregular verbs.” Let’s look at some now. Sometimes, when changing a verb in
the present tense to the past tense, all you need to do is change a vowel. For example, “come,” becomes, “came.” “Begin,” becomes,” “began.” And, “grow,” becomes, “grew.” Sometimes the word spelling doesn’t change at all, but you pronounce the word differently. For example, “read,” becomes, “read,” as in, “Read this book today!” “Yesterday, you read this book.” Sometimes the word is spelled exactly the
same and the pronunciation is also the same, but other words in the sentence tell
you it is in the past tense. For example, “hit – hit,” as in, “Today, I hit the ball.” “Yesterday, I hit the ball.” “Shut,” and, “shut,” as in, “Today, I shut the door.” “Yesterday, I shut the door.” “Put,” and, “put,” as in, “Today, I put the toys away.” “Yesterday, I put the toys away.” I know it’s odd, but that’s the way some verbs work. Sometimes the whole word changes entirely. For example, “eat,” becomes, “ate.” “Be,” becomes, “was,” or, “were.” “Do,” becomes, “did.” And, “go,” becomes, “went.” Here are some common verbs that
are considered to be irregular when changing from present to past. In the past tense, “think,” becomes, “thought.” “Choose,” becomes, “chose.” “Sleep,” becomes, “slept.” “Stand,” becomes, “stood.” And, “wear,” becomes, “wore.” “Feel,” becomes, “felt.” There are so many irregular verbs. We can’t list them all in this video. So, how will you know when verbs are irregular? The best way is to keep reading and writing. You will eventually learn the exceptions and
remember them off the top of your head. Another way is to practice on our fun online games and quizzes, where you’ll find many games on verbs. And remember to always be clever.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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