How to Conjugate "Sew" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Sew"

The verb "sew" is an irregular verb. (This means that "sew" 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 Sew"

FormsewAlternative Name
Base FormsewInfinitive Form
The -S FormsewsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormsewedSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormsewingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formsewn (also sewed)[no alternative name]

"To Sew" in All the Tenses

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

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