The Verb "Tread" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Tread"

The verb "tread" is an irregular verb. (This means that "tread" 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 Tread"

FormtreadAlternative Name
Base FormtreadInfinitive Form
The -S FormtreadsThird Person Singular Form
Past FormtrodSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormtreadingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formtrodden[no alternative name]

"To Tread" in All the Tenses

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