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Irregular Verbs

Letís work with a few irregular verbs this week. Regular verbs change to past tense by adding an Ėed.

Examples:
I like to walk quickly.
I walked to the store.

Irregular verbs do not change tense by adding an –ed.

Present Form (used alone or with will)
go
swim
run

Past Form
went
swam
ran

Note: Do not use has or have with the past tense form.

Example:
I went to the store. NOT I have went to the store.

Past Participle Form (used with have or has)
has/have gone
has/have swum
has/have run

Present Participle Form (ing formed with to be verbs such as is, are, was, were, am)
going
swimming
running

Examples with go:
I go to my auntís house in the afternoon.
I will go to my auntís house.
I went to my auntís house yesterday.
I have gone to my auntís house every afternoon this week.
I am going to my auntís house this afternoon.

Examples with swim:
I swim at my auntís house in the afternoon.
I will swim at my auntís house.
I swam at my auntís house yesterday.
I have swum at my auntís house every afternoon this week.
I am swimming at my auntís house this afternoon.

Examples with run:
I run around the track daily.
I will run around the track every day this week.
I ran around the track yesterday.
I have run around the track every day this week.
I am running around the track every day this week.

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Choose the correct verb in each sentence below. Scroll down to view answers.

1. I will run/ran for office next year.

2. I have run/ran for office twice.

3. I have went/gone to the dentist but my tooth still hurts.

4. I have swam/swum the butterfly stroke in competition.

5. He ringed/rang the bell before entering.

6. He has rang/rung the bell twice but no one has answered.


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Pop Quiz Answers

1. I will run for office next year.

2. I have run for office twice.

3. I have gone to the dentist but my tooth still hurts.

4. I have swum the butterfly stroke in competition.

5. He rang the bell before entering.

6. He has rung the bell twice but no one has answered.


Wordplay

Excuses Sent by Parents to Schools
These are purportedly real notes written by parents. (Spellings have been left intact.)

Please excuse Jimmy for being. It was his father's fault.

Megan could not come to school today because she has been bothered by very close veins.

Please excuse Jason for being absent yesterday. He had a cold and could not breed well.


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