Sophie has just arrived home after a work trip to the United States which turned into a nightmare.

Some verbs are irregular. Their past forms do not end in -ed.

So how do I know which verbs are regular and which are irregular?

You have to learn them!

Learn them from the list? Oh no!

It's not so bad. There aren't really so many verbs to learn and remember that English is much easier than many languages. The past forms don't change.

I took a taxi to the airport. (take → took)
That was when we spoke. (speak → spoke)
One person gave me his last bar of chocolate. (give → gave)

I see what you mean. I made, you made, he made, she made, it made, we made, they made!

Exactly! They're all the same. And the negatives are all formed with did + not + the infinitive without to. The question forms are very similar: did + subject pronoun + the infinitive without to.

What did you do all day in the airport?
Did you have enough food?
We didn't think you would get home in time for your birthday.

OK, you're right, that's not too bad. Are there any exceptions?

Yes the verb to be. The past form is was for I, he, she and it, but were for you, we and they.

It was horrible not being able to phone you two!
There wasn't any food. I was so hungry!
We were stuck in the airport.

So what about this verb list?

Right, here it is!

Present Past Simple Present Past Simple
be was / were begin began
break broke bring brought
build built buy bought
catch caught choose chose
come came cost cost
cut cut do did
draw drew drink drank
drive drove eat ate
fall fell feel felt
fight fought find found
fly flew forget forgot
freeze froze get got
give gave go went
have had hear heard
hold held hit hit
keep kept know knew
learn learnt leave left
lead led let let
lie lay lose lost
make made mean meant
meet met pay paid
put put read read
ride rode run ran
say said see saw
sell sold send sent
set set shut shut
sing sang sit sat
sleep slept speak spoke
spend spent stand stood
steal stole swim swam
take took teach taught
tell told think thought
understand understood wake woke
wear wore win won
write wrote    

Wow! OK, so how do I learn these verbs?

There are lots of things you can try:

  • Make cards to test yourself – put the infinitive on one side and the past on the other.
  • Write sentences with different verbs in them. Include some negatives.
  • Make up stories and record yourself. The story could just be about what you did last weekend.
  • Do practice activities online. You can start by doing the ones below on this page!

OK, I'm going to start learning them now!

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Have you ever been stuck in some terrible weather?


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FlowerQueen 24 June, 2021 - 14:26

I had to be stuck at home, but not because of the wheather, that was because of the Corona Virus last year.

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Arivelde 16 March, 2021 - 15:55

Yes, once when I was doing snowboard with my dad and brothers, suddenly a really bad storm began. There was snow everywere, wind in our faces, we couldn't see a hand in front of us. It was awfully cold, but we were half way down, so we had to stop in the middle of that giant moutain together and waited for the storm to go away. When it passed and we got down the mountain we heard that the temperature was lower than -15 C°, that is 5 Fahrenheit! But then my mum bought us some hot chocolate and it was all over, just another story to tell.

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Cfvdv 9 March, 2021 - 16:48

Yes, when I was a babby, I was in the car with my family in the mountains of Sierra Nevada. It was snowing really bad and our car began to slip and turn. We stopt in the nearest place, a restaurant, and waited there for about 4 hours until the snow stopped.

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LULLABYCASTR23 27 February, 2021 - 10:03

Hello everyone, I want to ask you guys about this question exercise, why the answer like this "who met you at the airport?" not "who did you meet at the airport?" thank you! this question sentence I took from this exercise. I know there is a difference, but I just want to make sure of you guys who are English natives. Thanks for helping me explain this.

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JoModerator 1 March, 2021 - 09:07


That's a good question. Have a look at this page from Cambridge dictionary - you'll see that 'meet' can have slightly different meanings.

'Who met you at the airport' = who waited at the airport for you to arrive?

'Who did you meet at the airport' = who did you see and talk to at the airport? 


I hope that helps!


Jo (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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Kostantinus 23 January, 2021 - 08:48

Yes. Once I've been stuck in the airport because of the weather. My flight was delayed an d I had to wait for a few hours near the boarding gate. I was not alone. There were my parents and my younger sister with me. During that time I wasn't boring as I had my phone and my tablet so I was learning English online.

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11mo 9 November, 2020 - 10:05

No, I have not. Because in terrible weather, I always at home. I live in Hong Kong where does not have terrible weather.

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Giovannichoi 20 July, 2020 - 08:27

Fortunately, I don't. Only rain poured hard. But-nowdays-COVID 19 is bothering my trip.

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TR790 22 May, 2020 - 12:59

Yes, I got stuck in a terrible weather once in school. On that day, it was raining since morning and when we were taking our language classes the storm started. The doors and windows were shaking very fast. We were all scared. When the storm ended, our school field was like a swimming pool. It really was a terrible experience.

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Sherry4869 13 May, 2020 - 14:56

I had stuck one time. I went to the Saint Martins Island. We planned that we would stay there for 2 days. But, because of the storm, the did not come. Then we stock. We have to stay there for 2 more days there. I spend time on the sea beach. The food became cheaper. and the fee for hotels became cheaper too. We stay there in a nice hotel named -HOTEL FANTASY-. It was a special trip for me. Because we stay at a nice hotel near the sea beach for 4 days!!!!!!!!!

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bloomybloom 11 May, 2020 - 18:48

yes , last year ,my sister and I got stuck in the mall because of the bad weather , luckely we found a restaurant and we stayed there until the storm disappeared

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marchese 23 March, 2020 - 08:50

Yes, I often went to volleyball in the rain. At half past four I went out of the house and in the middle of the stardom it started to rain so I often got wet training, because I went there on foot and usually I didn't keep my umbrella in the bag.

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asiasantin 20 March, 2020 - 17:28

No,in a terrible climate no, but very often I find myself in bad situations and also very uncomfortable.

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Micheleanto 20 March, 2020 - 17:25

Yes, I have, when i was 10.
Me and my father were in mountain (we were skiing) and in the afteroon it started to snow very hard; we went in a chalet and we waited for the end of the snowfall.

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BttChiara 20 March, 2020 - 15:50

No, I haven’t but my friends were stuck in the airport for snow storm during the Christmas holiday. It was really scary...

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gattifederica 20 March, 2020 - 14:55

No. I haven’t. However 8 years ago, I went to my grandparents’ house. This day was very rainy. When I was in the lift, the power went out and I my mum where stucked inside. Then, the firefighters arrived and we went out from the lift.

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Naogiosu7 20 March, 2020 - 14:16

Yes when we were returning from Romania with my parentele tok a very powerful storm. And de started to stop

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rrfalletto 20 March, 2020 - 13:27

Yes, once I was returning from the sea and a very bad storm arrived. I was wet and the new day i was sick

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Carolina000 20 March, 2020 - 13:22

Yes, I remember when two years ago I went camping with my family and a bad storm forced us to look for a hotel in which to spend the night so as not to get wet. The following day we managed to return to the campsite.

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beasam0109 20 March, 2020 - 11:41

No I haven't but a few years ago when back from the beach the wind rose, it was cold, the sea swelled and many beach umbrellas flew away, on that occasion I was afraid.

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JasmineD03 20 March, 2020 - 11:20

No, I've never been stuck in a terrible weather and I hope it never happens to me. But once I was coming home from school and a very bad storm broke with hail and went home all wet. That's why I stayed at home for a week since I had a very high fever.

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Desy 20 March, 2020 - 10:55

Yes, I been stuck in some terrible weather about 5 years ago. I was in holiday in Pescara when one day My family and I were at the beach and suddenly there was a heavy rain so we ran fast and finally we was arrived at home wet!

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