How to Conjugate "Fight" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Fight"

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

The Five Forms of "To Fight"

FormfightAlternative Name
Base FormfightInfinitive Form
The -S FormfightsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormfoughtSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormfightingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formfought[no alternative name]

"To Fight" in All the Tenses

The tables below show how "fight" 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
  • fought
  • fought
  • fought
  • fought
  • fought
  • fought
The simple past tense is for a completed activity that happened in the past.
  • was fighting
  • were fighting
  • was fighting
  • were fighting
  • were fighting
  • were fighting
The past progressive tense is for an ongoing activity in the past. Often, it is used to set the scene for another action.
  • had fought
  • had fought
  • had fought
  • had fought
  • had fought
  • had fought
The past perfect tense is for emphasizing that an action was completed before another took place.
  • had been fighting
  • had been fighting
  • had been fighting
  • had been fighting
  • had been fighting
  • had been fighting
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
  • fight
  • fight
  • fights
  • fight
  • fight
  • fight
The simple present tense is mostly for a fact or a habit.
  • am fighting
  • are fighting
  • is fighting
  • are fighting
  • are fighting
  • are fighting
The present progressive tense is for an ongoing action in the present.
  • have fought
  • have fought
  • has fought
  • have fought
  • have fought
  • have fought
The present perfect tense is for an action that began in the past. (Often, the action continues into the present.)
  • have been fighting
  • have been fighting
  • has been fighting
  • have been fighting
  • have been fighting
  • have been fighting
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 fight
  • will fight
  • will fight
  • will fight
  • will fight
  • will fight
The simple future tense is for an action that will occur in the future.
  • will be fighting
  • will be fighting
  • will be fighting
  • will be fighting
  • will be fighting
  • will be fighting
The future progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will occur in the future.
  • will have fought
  • will have fought
  • will have fought
  • will have fought
  • will have fought
  • will have fought
The future perfect tense is for an action that will have been completed at some point in the future.
  • will have been fighting
  • will have been fighting
  • will have been fighting
  • will have been fighting
  • will have been fighting
  • will have been fighting
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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