The Verb "Drink" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Drink"

The verb "drink" is an irregular verb. (This means that "drink" 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 Drink"

FormdrinkAlternative Name
Base FormdrinkInfinitive Form
The -S FormdrinksThird Person Singular Form
Past FormdrankSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormdrinkingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formdrunk[no alternative name]
the verb to drink in English

Example Sentences with To Drink

It's your go. Select the correct version of "to drink":

"To Drink" in All the Tenses

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