How to Conjugate "Dare" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Dare"

The verb "dare" is an irregular verb. (This means that "dare" 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 Dare"

FormdareAlternative Name
Base FormdareInfinitive Form
The -S FormdaresThird Person Singular Form
Past Formdared (also durst)Simple Past Tense
The -ING FormdaringPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formdared[no alternative name]

"To Dare" in All the Tenses

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