The Verb "Sunburn" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Sunburn"

The verb "sunburn" is an irregular verb. (This means that "sunburn" 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 Sunburn"

FormsunburnAlternative Name
Base FormsunburnInfinitive Form
The -S FormsunburnsThird Person Singular Form
Past Formsunburned (also sunburnt)Simple Past Tense
The -ING FormsunburningPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formsunburned (also sunburnt)[no alternative name]

"To Sunburn" in All the Tenses

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