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Regulal verbs

Regular verbs are easy. We simply add ‘ed’ – ‘d’ if the verb already ends in an ‘e’ to turn the verb from its base form to the past simple or past participle form. If the verb ends in a ‘y’ we change the last letter to an ‘I’ and then add the ‘ed’.

For example: ‘look – looked’. (We still add ‘ing’ when we use the gerund, and add ‘to’ when turning it into).

Conjugation of regular verbs is easy to learn.

Split verbs to the groups

Here are some of the most common patterns.

Verbs ending in a long vowel or diphthong followed by a consonant

For example: play, claim, clamp,...

Add "ed" to the infinitive form to create the past and past participle

VerbPastPast Participle
PlayPlayedPlayed
ClaimClaimedClaimed
ClampedClampedClamped

Verbs ending in sibilants

For example: kiss, box, bless,...

Add "ed" to the infinitive form to create the past and past participle.

VerbPastPast Participle
KissKissedKissed
BoxBoxedBoxed
BlessBlessedBlessed

Verbs ending in a short vowel followed by a consonant

For example: chop, chat,...

Double the final consonant and add "ed" to the infinitive form to create the past and past participle

VerbPastPast Participle
ChopChoppedChopped
ChatChattedChatted

Verbs ending in a consonant followed by "e"

For example: save, dance, evolve,...

Add "d" to the infinitive form to create the past and past participle.

VerbPastPast Participle
SaveSavedSaved
DanceDancedDanced
EvolveEvolvedEvolved

Verbs ending in a consonant followed by "y"

For example: copy, comply,...

Replace the final "y" of the infinitive with "ied" to create the past and past participle.

VerbPastPast Participle
CopyCopiedCopied
ComplyCompliedComplied