How to Conjugate "Deal" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Deal"

The verb "deal" is an irregular verb. (This means that "deal" 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 Deal"

FormdealAlternative Name
Base FormdealInfinitive Form
The -S FormdealsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormdealtSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormdealingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formdealt[no alternative name]

"To Deal" in All the Tenses

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

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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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