Unlike Regular verbs that follow a pattern when changing tense, Irregular verbs do not follow any pattern. Sometimes the form is only a little different, and other times there are entirely different words being used.
Am, is, are
In our examples, notice that the verb “to go” is only slightly irregular, but the verb “to be” uses completely different words as it moves from tense to tense. Nevertheless, both are irregular. Of special note is the past participle: it isn’t the past tense form of the verb for most irregular verbs.
Table A: Irregular Verbs
These are eleven Irregular verbs and their standard forms:
|Present Tense||Past Tense||Future Tense||Present Perfect||Past Perfect|
|To Be||am, is, are||was, were||will be||has/have been||had been|
|To Break||break/breaks||broke||will break||has/have broken||had broken|
|To Come||come/comes||came||will come||has/have come||had come|
|To Do||Do/does||Did||Will do||Has/have done||Had done|
|T o Drive||Drive/drives||Drove||Will drive||Has/have driven||Had driven|
|To Eat||Eat/eats||Ate||Will eat||Has/have eaten||Had eaten|
|To Go||Go/goes||Went||Will go||Has/have gone||Had gone|
|To have||Have/has||Had||Will have||Has/have had||Had had|
|To see||See/sees||Saw||Will see||Has/have seen||Had seen|
|To take||Take/takes||Took||Will take||Has/have taken||Had taken|
|To write||Write/writes||Wrote||Will write||Has/have written||Had written|
Write a paragraph that explains the routine you go through every day before coming to class. All verbs in this paragraph will be in Present Tense. The paragraph must be at least seven sentences long. In each sentence, underline the subject and the verb. If there are more than one, make sure you underline all of them.
Every day I get up at 6 a.m. I wash my face and brush my teeth and then head to the kitchen to let the dogs out. My husband makes coffee while I assemble his lunch. Then I drink a cup of coffee and eat some breakfast. After a while, I get in the shower and finish getting ready. Then I walk out the door and drive to work.