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    Past tense

    Dear Sir,
    Why are there regular past and irregular past ?
    Even in irregular past, there are different forms,
    e.g. break changes to broke;sing changes to sang;buy changes to bought
    Any rules behind? Is there any simplest way to explain these cases to a P3 student?
    Thanks.
    dchan

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    Re: Past tense

    Many of the ireegular verbs are derived from Anglo-Saxon and Viking languages, so they don't follow the pattern of the regular verbs. If you click on a verb in our irregular verb list, you'll see all the verbs that follow the same pattern:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/irregular-verbs/
    Example:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/referenc...rbs/break.html

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