How to Conjugate "Ring" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Ring"

The verb "ring" is an irregular verb. (This means that "ring" 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 Ring"

FormringAlternative Name
Base FormringInfinitive Form
The -S FormringsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormrangSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormringingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formrung[no alternative name]

"To Ring" in All the Tenses

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

Most Common Irregular Verbs

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Most Common Irregular Verbs

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