Irregular Verbs

A guide to Irregular verb structure

Patterns of sound and tools for learning and using irregular verbs

Past Simple
Past Simple

The Past Simple Form & Function


Completed & finished events


Irregular Verbs

Past Simple 2

Further functions of the Past Simple


Talking about:


a definite time in the past


the past without reference to time


states in the past


habitual events in the past


the order of events in a narrative

Past Continuous

Form and functions of the Past Continuous


incomplete/interrupted actions in the past


the narrative tense

Past Continuous 2
Past Simple or Past Continuous

When to use the Past Simple or Past Continuous?


Emphasis


Completed/Incomplete events or actions

Used to

To refer to things that are no longer true


Used to or Would


Used to or be used to

Present Perfect

Form and function for Present Perfect



Present Perfect 2

Further functions of the Present Perfect


Been & Gone


Ever & Never


For & Since


Already & Yet


Still & Just

Present Perfect Continuous
Present Perfect Simple or Cont

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