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    What are "go" and "went" called?

    Hi teachers,

    "Going" is the present participle of "go" and "gone" is the past participle of "go". What are "go" and "went" called?

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    Re: What are "go" and "went" called?

    The word "go" is present tense. The word "went" is past tense. (It is, in my opinion, more important to know how to use them than to know what they are called.)

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    Re: What are "go" and "went" called?

    To go = Infinitive
    Go = Bare infinitive
    Go = Simple present (Goes = 3rd person singular)
    Went = Simple past
    Has/Have gone = Present perfect
    Had gone = Past perfect/pluperfect

    Going = Present participle
    Is going = Present continuous
    Was going = Past continuous
    Had been going = Past continuous

    I agree that it's more important to use them correctly than to know their names.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What are "go" and "went" called?

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    Hello, Naeem Afzal:

    In my opinion, as long as you are a school student, you should definitely know the terms "base form" or "(bare) infinitive" in order to describe words such as "go."

    For example, the teacher will say something like: After "do," "does," and "did," you ALWAYS use the base form or (bare) infinitive:

    DOES Tom have a car? (NOT: "has." Some learners see the word "Tom" and immediately think of "Tom has.")
    DID MONA go to the dance? (NOT: "went." Some learners see the word "did" and immediately think of the past tense "went.")

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    When you study more English, you will learn that "go" is sometimes also called the subjunctive:

    "It is important that Tom go to the manager's birthday party." (P.S. In some varieties of English, it's OK to use the base form "goes" or "should go.")

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