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Irregular Verbs: Handle with Care
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professional-basketball playoffs, a popular commentator said, “I wish he had did it” instead of had done it. A few days later, a longtime Washington insider with his own TV show said “if he had ran” instead of had run.
When those who should know better misuse irregular verbs, it is jarring and distracting. We use
these verbs all the time. We might as well get them right. See how you do on the quiz that follows. The answers are directly below the test.
Irregular Verb Pop Quiz
1. She was gazing at a picture that her son had recently ___.
2. You have finally ___ me a reason to trust them.
3. Have you ___ that thank-you note to your aunt yet?
4. Just hearing that old song ___ back a lot of memories.
C) A and B are both correct
5. She still has not ___ him for the mistake he made.
6. Lannie had his favorite shoes ___ in the back of the closet.
C) A and B are both correct
7. A problem had suddenly ___ with our dinner reservations.
8. The sweet smell of orchids ___ in the air.
9. My jacket ___ her perfectly.
C) A and B are both correct
10. We had not even ___ two miles before we came to a fork in the road.
1: C) drawn
2: B) given
3: C) written
4: B) brought
5: A) forgiven
6: B) hidden
7: D) arisen
8: A) clung
9: C) A and B are both correct
10: B) ridden
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