The Verb "Write" in English

by Craig Shrives

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Conjugation of "To Write"

The verb "write" is an irregular verb. (This means that "write" 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 Write"

FormwriteAlternative Name
Base FormwriteInfinitive Form
The -S FormwritesThird Person Singular Form
Past FormwroteSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormwritingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formwritten[no alternative name]
the verb to write in English

Example Sentences with To Write

It's your go. Select the correct version of "to write":

"To Write" in All the Tenses

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