How to Conjugate "Wear" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Wear"

The verb "wear" is an irregular verb. (This means that "wear" 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 Wear"

FormwearAlternative Name
Base FormwearInfinitive Form
The -S FormwearsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormworeSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormwearingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formworn[no alternative name]

"To Wear" in All the Tenses

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

The two most common irregular verbs in English are "be" and "have." These pages give more details about these two verbs: Here are the next 10 most common irregular verbs in English:

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