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Most Common Irregular Verbs and How to Use Them

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4 June, 2014
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The English language has many irregular verbs, and though they're complicated to learn, they're actually more common than most regular verbs. While the 10 most used verbs in the English language are all irregular, irregular verbs are actually only 3% of all verbs in the English language.

What do you think are the most common verbs in English? Think about the verbs you use most often, either in English or in your native language. 

 

Top 10 most used irregular verbs:

Irregular Verb #1: To be

Simple present: I am, you are, we are, he/she is, they are
Simple past: was, were
Past participle: had, have been

I am tired; You were late; I have been waiting for you.

Irregular Verb #2: To have

Simple present: I have, you have, we have, he/she has, they have
Simple past: had
Past participle: had

I have a horse; I had a horse; I'd had a horse

Irregular Verb #3: To do

Simple present: I do, you do, we do, he/she does, they do
Simple past: did
Past participle: have/had done

Do your job; I did my job; You had done your job

Irregular Verb #4: To go

Simple present: I go, you go, we go, he/she goes, they go
Simple past: went
Past participle: have/had gone

I go to school; I went to school; I have gone to school

Irregular Verb #5: To say

Simple present: I say, you say, we say, he/she says, they say
Simple past: said
Past participle: have/had said

I say yes; I said yes; I had said yes

 

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Irregular Verb #6: To see

Simple present: I see, you see, we see, he/she sees, they see
Simple past: saw
Past participle: have/had seen

I see it; I saw it; I have seen it

Irregular Verb #7: To take

Simple present: I take, you take, we take, he/she takes, they take
Simple past: took
Past participle: have/had taken

I take lessons; I took lessons; I have taken lessons

Irregular Verb #8: To get

Simple present: I get, you get, we get, he/she gets, they get
Simple past: got
Past participle: have/had gotten

I get confused; I got confused; I have gotten confused

Irregular Verb #9: Can

Simple present: I can, you can, we can, he/she can, they can
Simple past: could
Past participle: have/had been able to

I can do it; I could do it; I have been able to do it

Irregular Verb #10: Will

Simple present: I will, you will, we will, he/she will, they will
Simple past: would

I will try; I would try (but)…

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