Term: Irregular Verbs


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; put put put, while others change completely; buy bought bought, etc.

Irregular verbs fall into 5 categories:

  1. Base Form
  2. Past Simple
  3. Past Participle
  4. 3rd Person Singular
  5. Present Participle / Gerund

See Also: Auxiliary Verb; Ditransitive Verb; Dynamic Verb; Finite Verb; Inchoative Verb; Intransitive Verb; Modal Verb; Non-finite Verb; Phrasal Verb; Regular Verb; Stative Verb; Transitive Verb; Verb Group; Verb Phrase

More Information on Irregular Verbs

Browse our English Irregular Verb List which includes the meaning of each verb, their base form, past simple, past participle, 3rd person singular, and the present participle / gerund. Related Pages: What is an Irregular Verb? Free Download: English Irregular Verb Viewer