How to Conjugate "Break" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Break"

The verb "break" is an irregular verb. (This means that "break" 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 Break"

FormbreakAlternative Name
Base FormbreakInfinitive Form
The -S FormbreaksThird Person Singular Form
Past FormbrokeSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormbreakingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formbroken[no alternative name]

"To Break" in All the Tenses

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