The Verb "Feed" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Feed"

The verb "feed" is an irregular verb. (This means that "feed" 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 Feed"

FormfeedAlternative Name
Base FormfeedInfinitive Form
The -S FormfeedsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormfedSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormfeedingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formfed[no alternative name]

"To Feed" in All the Tenses

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

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