The Verb "Build" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Build"

The verb "build" is an irregular verb. (This means that "build" 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 Build"

FormbuildAlternative Name
Base FormbuildInfinitive Form
The -S FormbuildsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormbuiltSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormbuildingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formbuilt[no alternative name]

"To Build" in All the Tenses

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

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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