How to Conjugate Find

by Craig Shrives

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Find in the Different Tenses

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

The Five Forms of Find

FormfindAlternative Name
Base FormfindInfinitive Form
The -S FormfindsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormfoundSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormfindingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formfound[no alternative name]

Conjugating Find

The tables below show how "find" 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
  • found
  • found
  • found
  • found
  • found
  • found
The simple past tense is for a completed activity that happened in the past.
  • was finding
  • were finding
  • was finding
  • were finding
  • were finding
  • were finding
The past progressive tense is for an ongoing activity in the past. Often, it is used to set the scene for another action.
  • had found
  • had found
  • had found
  • had found
  • had found
  • had found
The past perfect tense is for emphasizing that an action was completed before another took place.
  • had been finding
  • had been finding
  • had been finding
  • had been finding
  • had been finding
  • had been finding
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
  • find
  • find
  • finds
  • find
  • find
  • find
The simple present tense is mostly for a fact or a habit.
  • am finding
  • are finding
  • is finding
  • are finding
  • are finding
  • are finding
The present progressive tense is for an ongoing action in the present.
  • have found
  • have found
  • has found
  • have found
  • have found
  • have found
The present perfect tense is for an action that began in the past. (Often, the action continues into the present.)
  • have been finding
  • have been finding
  • has been finding
  • have been finding
  • have been finding
  • have been finding
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 find
  • will find
  • will find
  • will find
  • will find
  • will find
The simple future tense is for an action that will occur in the future.
  • will be finding
  • will be finding
  • will be finding
  • will be finding
  • will be finding
  • will be finding
The future progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will occur in the future.
  • will have found
  • will have found
  • will have found
  • will have found
  • will have found
  • will have found
The future perfect tense is for an action that will have been completed at some point in the future.
  • will have been finding
  • will have been finding
  • will have been finding
  • will have been finding
  • will have been finding
  • will have been finding
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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Parts of Speech Lists 200 Important Irregular Verbs

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