How to Conjugate Leap

by Craig Shrives

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Leap in the Different Tenses

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

The Five Forms of Leap

FormleapAlternative Name
Base FormleapInfinitive Form
The -S FormleapsThird Person Singular Form
Past Formleapt (also leaped)Simple Past Tense
The -ING FormleapingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formleapt (also leaped)[no alternative name]

Conjugating Leap

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