How to Conjugate Sneak

by Craig Shrives

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Sneak in the Different Tenses

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

The Five Forms of Sneak

FormsneakAlternative Name
Base FormsneakInfinitive Form
The -S FormsneaksThird Person Singular Form
Past Formsneaked (also snuck)Simple Past Tense
The -ING FormsneakingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formsneaked (also snuck)[no alternative name]

Conjugating Sneak

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