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    verb "to hear" : why irregular verb ?

    Why is the verb "to hear" an irregular verb, when one has to add a "d" in the past tense, like many regular verbs ?

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    Re: verb "to hear" : why irregular verb ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    Why is the verb "to hear" an irregular verb, when one has to add a "d" in the past tense, like many regular verbs ?
    Regular verbs add -ed.
    spear -> speared; appear -> appeared
    There is also a pronunciation change from 'hear' to 'heard' which does not occur in regular verbs.

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    Exclamation Re: verb "to hear" : why irregular verb ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    Why is the verb "to hear" an irregular verb, when one has to add a "d" in the past tense, like many regular verbs ?
    It does not follow the regular pattern of change, that happens in case of a regulasr verb, i.g.
    If the present form of a regular verb ends in -e, we add -d to form the past tense:
    He moved into his new house yesterday. (Present form of verb: move)

    If the present form of a regular verb ends in a letter other than -e, we usually add -ed to form the past tense:
    I visited my friends last evening. (present form visit)
    So 'hear' should have been 'heared'


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