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Regular And Irregular Verbs

If we examine the different forms of certain verbs we shall see certain marked differences.

The verb love, without the use of other verb forms, gives love, loved, while the verb go gives go, went, gone.

We see that the forms of the verb love are formed regularly from a single root, while the verb go has an irregular formation for expressing its relations of time.

As these two verbs can fairly stand as types of different classes of verbs, we see that verbs are divided into two classes, called regular and irregular.

The following verbs are regular:

Present.

Past.

Past Participle.

attend

attended

attended

bake

baked

baked

crave

craved

craved

grant

granted

granted

land

landed

landed

rig

rigged

rigged

tie

tied

tied

walk

walked

walked

These verbs are irregular:

Present.

Past.

Past Participle.

arise

arose

arisen

begin

began

begun

come

came

come

fall

fell

fallen

grow

grew

grown

he

lay

lain

see

saw

seen

write

wrote

written

A study of these forms will show that:

1. The verbs in the first list form their past tense and past participle by adding d or ed to the present form of the verb.

2. We see that the past tense and past participle of the verb3 in the second list are not formed by adding d or ed to the present.

Note.__By some grammarians regular verbs are called weak verbs, and irregular verbs are called strong verbs.


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