How to Conjugate Dwell

by Craig Shrives

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Dwell in the Different Tenses

The verb "dwell" is an irregular verb. (This means that "dwell" does not form its simple past tense or its past participle by adding "-ed" or "-d" to the base form.)

The Five Forms of Dwell

FormdwellAlternative Name
Base FormdwellInfinitive Form
The -S FormdwellsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormdweltSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormdwellingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formdwelt[no alternative name]

Conjugating Dwell

The tables below show how "dwell" conjugates in the past, present, and future tenses.

Past Tenses

PersonSimple PastPast Progressive TensePast Perfect TensePast Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • dwelt
  • dwelt
  • dwelt
  • dwelt
  • dwelt
  • dwelt
The simple past tense is for a completed activity that happened in the past.
  • was dwelling
  • were dwelling
  • was dwelling
  • were dwelling
  • were dwelling
  • were dwelling
The past progressive tense is for an ongoing activity in the past. Often, it is used to set the scene for another action.
  • had dwelt
  • had dwelt
  • had dwelt
  • had dwelt
  • had dwelt
  • had dwelt
The past perfect tense is for emphasizing that an action was completed before another took place.
  • had been dwelling
  • had been dwelling
  • had been dwelling
  • had been dwelling
  • had been dwelling
  • had been dwelling
The past perfect progressive tense is for showing that an ongoing action in the past has ended.

Present Tenses

PersonSimple PresentPresent Progressive TensePresent Perfect TensePresent Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • dwell
  • dwell
  • dwells
  • dwell
  • dwell
  • dwell
The simple present tense is mostly for a fact or a habit.
  • am dwelling
  • are dwelling
  • is dwelling
  • are dwelling
  • are dwelling
  • are dwelling
The present progressive tense is for an ongoing action in the present.
  • have dwelt
  • have dwelt
  • has dwelt
  • have dwelt
  • have dwelt
  • have dwelt
The present perfect tense is for an action that began in the past. (Often, the action continues into the present.)
  • have been dwelling
  • have been dwelling
  • has been dwelling
  • have been dwelling
  • have been dwelling
  • have been dwelling
The present perfect progressive tense is for a continuous activity that began in the past and continues into the present (or finished very recently).

Future Tenses

PersonSimple FutureFuture Progressive TenseFuture Perfect TenseFuture Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • will dwell
  • will dwell
  • will dwell
  • will dwell
  • will dwell
  • will dwell
The simple future tense is for an action that will occur in the future.
  • will be dwelling
  • will be dwelling
  • will be dwelling
  • will be dwelling
  • will be dwelling
  • will be dwelling
The future progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will occur in the future.
  • will have dwelt
  • will have dwelt
  • will have dwelt
  • will have dwelt
  • will have dwelt
  • will have dwelt
The future perfect tense is for an action that will have been completed at some point in the future.
  • will have been dwelling
  • will have been dwelling
  • will have been dwelling
  • will have been dwelling
  • will have been dwelling
  • will have been dwelling
The future perfect progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will be completed at some specified time in the future.

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