The Verb "Cast" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Cast"

The verb "cast" is an irregular verb. (This means that "cast" 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 Cast"

FormcastAlternative Name
Base FormcastInfinitive Form
The -S FormcastsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormcastSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormcastingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formcast[no alternative name]

"To Cast" in All the Tenses

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