How to Conjugate Foretell

by Craig Shrives

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Foretell in the Different Tenses

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

The Five Forms of Foretell

FormforetellAlternative Name
Base FormforetellInfinitive Form
The -S FormforetellsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormforetoldSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormforetellingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formforetold[no alternative name]

Conjugating Foretell

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