English Regular and Irregular Verbs

English Verbs

A Verb is a word that signifies to be, to act, or to be acted upon: as, I am, I rule, I am ruled; I love, you love, he loves.

Verbs are so called, from the Latin Verbum, a Word; because the verb is that word which most essentially contains what is said in any clause or sentence.

Regular and Irregular Verbs

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

Some verbs have a simple rule when we need to use the past or past participle.  The verb bake gives baked, baked while the verb go gives go, went, gone.

We see that the forms of the verb bake 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 regular verbs are called sometimes weak verbs, and irregular verbs are called strong verbs.

A regular verb is one that follows the pattern of taking -ed for the past simple and past participle (or -d if the verb ends in -e; serve served).

An irregular verb is one that does not take the -ed ending for the Past Simple and Past Participle forms. Some irregular verbs do not change; hit, hit, hit, while others change completely; forbid, forbade, forbidden etc.
Many verbs become irregular by contraction; as” feed, fed; leave, left:” others by the termination en; as “fall, fell, fallen:” others, by the termination ght; as, “buy, bought; teach, taught,” etc.

It is believed, that the irregular verbs are mostly the oldest verbs in every language; and are irregular, because they either did not or would not take the more modern improvements.

English Regular and Irregular Verbs

English Regular Verbs

Regular Verbs – A
Regular Verbs – B – C
Regular Verbs – D – E
Regular Verbs – F – G – H – I
Regular Verbs – J – K – L -M -O
Regular Verbs – P
Regular Verbs – Q – R
Regular Verbs – S
Regular Verbs – T -U -V -W- X- Y- Z

English Irregular Verbs
Irregular Verbs – A – B – C – D – E
Irregular Verbs – F – G – H – I – J – K – L
Irregular Verbs – M – N – O
Irregular Verbs – P – Q – R
Irregular Verbs – S – T
Irregular Verbs – U – V – X – Y – Z

March 23, 2015