How to Conjugate Sting

by Craig Shrives

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Sting in the Different Tenses

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

The Five Forms of Sting

FormstingAlternative Name
Base FormstingInfinitive Form
The -S FormstingsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormstungSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormstingingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formstung[no alternative name]

Conjugating Sting

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