How to Conjugate "Spin" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Spin"

The verb "spin" is an irregular verb. (This means that "spin" 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 Spin"

FormspinAlternative Name
Base FormspinInfinitive Form
The -S FormspinsThird Person Singular Form
Past Formspan (also spun)Simple Past Tense
The -ING FormspinningPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formspun[no alternative name]

"To Spin" in All the Tenses

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