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The Verb "Melt" in English

Conjugation of "To Melt"

The verb "melt" is an irregular verb. (This means that "melt" 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 Melt"

FormmeltAlternative Name
Base FormmeltInfinitive Form
The -S FormmeltsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormmeltedSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormmeltingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formmolten (also melted)[no alternative name]

"To Melt" in All the Tenses

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

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This page was written by Craig Shrives.

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