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Top 10 Irregular Verbs in English

10 Most Popular Irregular Verbs

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The top 10 irregular verbs in English are:
  • see, say, go, come, know, get, give, become, find, and think.
This list does not include be, have, and do, which can be main verbs or auxiliary verbs.

Table of Contents

  • An Overview of Irregular Verbs
  • The Full Conjugation in All 12 Tenses (Interactive)
  • Test Time!
  • Learn with Hangman!
top 10 irregular verbs in English

An Overview of Irregular Verbs

Unlike regular verbs, irregular verbs do not follow a specific pattern when it comes to forming the past tense and past participle forms. Although the rules governing the formation of irregular verbs may seem daunting at first, mastering them is an essential part of learning English. Many common verbs are irregular verbs.
Read more about irregular verbs and their spelling rules.

The Full Conjugation in All 12 Tenses (Interactive)

Click on a verb to see how it conjugates in the 12 tenses.

All 4 Past Tenses

PersonSimple PastPast Progressive TensePast Perfect TensePast Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • past tense
  • past tense
  • past tense
  • past tense
  • past tense
  • past tense
The simple past tense is for a completed activity that happened in the past.
  • was present participle
  • were present participle
  • was present participle
  • were present participle
  • were present participle
  • were present participle
The past progressive tense is for an ongoing activity in the past. Often, it is used to set the scene for another action.
  • had past participle
  • had past participle
  • had past participle
  • had past participle
  • had past participle
  • had past participle
The past perfect tense is for emphasizing that an action was completed before another took place.
  • had been present participle
  • had been present participle
  • had been present participle
  • had been present participle
  • had been present participle
  • had been present participle
The past perfect progressive tense is for showing that an ongoing action in the past has ended.

All 4 Present Tenses

PersonSimple PresentPresent Progressive TensePresent Perfect TensePresent Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • base form
  • base form
  • 3rd pers sing present
  • base form
  • base form
  • base form
The simple present tense is mostly for a fact or a habit.
  • am present participle
  • are present participle
  • is present participle
  • are present participle
  • are present participle
  • are present participle
The present progressive tense is for an ongoing action in the present.
  • have past participle
  • have past participle
  • has past participle
  • have past participle
  • have past participle
  • have past participle
The present perfect tense is for an action that began in the past. (Often, the action continues into the present.)
  • have been present participle
  • have been present participle
  • has been present participle
  • have been present participle
  • have been present participle
  • have been present participle
The present perfect progressive tense is for a continuous activity that began in the past and continues into the present (or finished very recently).

All 4 Future Tenses

PersonSimple FutureFuture Progressive TenseFuture Perfect TenseFuture Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • will base form
  • will base form
  • will base form
  • will base form
  • will base form
  • will base form
The simple future tense is for an action that will occur in the future.
  • will be present participle
  • will be present participle
  • will be present participle
  • will be present participle
  • will be present participle
  • will be present participle
The future progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will occur in the future.
  • will have past participle
  • will have past participle
  • will have past participle
  • will have past participle
  • will have past participle
  • will have past participle
The future perfect tense is for an action that will have been completed at some point in the future.
  • will have been present participle
  • will have been present participle
  • will have been present participle
  • will have been present participle
  • will have been present participle
  • will have been present participle
The future perfect progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will be completed at some specified time in the future.

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Here is a little more detail for each irregular verb:

Learn with Hangman!

Hangman is a classic word game. In this version, the hidden word is a regular verb (not necessarily form this list). Choose your first letter to start.
  • Guess the hidden verb by choosing one letter at a time.
  • If you guess a letter in the hidden verb, then all is good.
  • If you guess a letter that is not in the hidden verb, then the hangman starts to build the gallows.
  • If the gallows are completed, you lose.
  • Good luck!
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