Irregular Verbs 1

Irregular Verbs 1
It's easy to form the past tense and past participle of regular verbs. You simply add d or
ed to the present tense: walk, walked, (have) walked. Irregular verbs don't follow these simple
rules: begin, began, (have) begun. You need to memorize the forms of irregular verbs. See the
chart "Common Irregular Verbs and Their Principal Parts" at 720.2 in Write Source.
Write the correct forms of the irregular verbs below. (The verbs appear in
1. Ernest Hemingway, one of the most influential writers of the early twentieth
century, __'_"6_ _ admired by many writers today. (am)
2. In 1917 Hemingway ______ a career in journalism instead of attending
college. (choose)
3. Hemingway's poor
eyesight ____ him from joining the armed forces. (keep)
It. However, Hemingway ______ a volunteer ambulance driver in World
War I. (am)
5· He
his famous novel The Sun Also Rises in 1926. (write)
6. This book _ _ _ _ _ _ _ him fame.
7· Hemingway ____ to
Europe and Mrica, where he gathered material for his
novels. (go)
8. Mter the United States entered World War II, Hemingway _ _ _ German
submarines in the Caribbean with an armed cabin cruiser. (fight)
9. In
1944, when the Germans _ _ _, Hemingway followed as a war
correspondent. (flee)
10. Hemingway was ____ the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1953, and he received
the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. (give)
Extend: Write sentences using the past tense and past participle of the following irregular
verbs: wear, know, do.
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Irregular Verbs 2
Regular verbs form their past and past participle by adding a d or an ed to the present
tense: talk, talked, (have) talked. Irregular verbs form their past and past participle in some
way other than the regular way: sing, sang, (have) sung. It is necessary to memorize the forms
of irregular verbs. Turn to the list on page 720 in Write Source.
Circle the
correct verb forms in the sentences below.
1. Have you 0eer0see, saw) the sunrise?
2. We often (seen, see, saw) the sunrise and hear the rooster crow.
3. I (seen, see, saw) the sunrise yesterday. If. I have (saw, seen) the sunrise many times. 5. Mother asked me to (sit, set) the table.
I (sit, sat) and rested.
He (throwed, threw, thrown) the letter in the garbage.
8. Brighton will (shake, shook, shaken, shakes) with fear during storms.
Our dog (shaked, shook, shaken, shakes) with fear during the storm last night.
10. Bridget and Cleo have (weave, wove, woven) rugs for the craft fair next Friday.
11. The kindergarten class (draw, drew, drawn) pictures yesterday.
12. All the fruit salad has been (eat, ate, eaten) .
13. The full moon (shine, shone, shined) on the lake as Margaret (shined, shone) her
new shoes. 11f.
Have you (drunken, drank, drunk) the lake water? 15. We (fleed, fled) before the water rose.
16. Both of them (come, came) whenever I call.
Both of them (come, came) whenever I called.
Extend: Correct all your errors in the sentences above. Read the corrected sentences aloud
several times. In this way, you train your ear to hear the correct usage.
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Irregular Verbs 3
The principal parts of irregular verbs don't fit a simple pattern, so you need to memorize
them. See 720.2 in Write Source for a list of some irregular verbs and their parts.
Correct the
mistakes below by writing the proper verb above the underlined words.
1. Tornadoes, also known as twisters or cyclones, have took many lives.
2. Tornadoes have tore towns apart and left paths of destruction 50 miles wide.
3. A tornado
creates extreme low pressure that can cause buildings to explode as
the tornado's effect is feel. If. Tornadoes can dragged objects for miles. 5. When a tornado warning is issued, people went to basements for safety.
6. A tornado hanged in the
7. Later the huge funnel sinked to the ground,
and we run to the basement.
S. One shocked man just sitted and watched the funnel cloud approach.
9. Another man lied in a
ditch, covering his head.
10. Dad watched as the tornado dived toward the ground.
11. Mter the tornado, it was clear that many trees had fell.
12. The neighbor's fence had been threw down the street.
13. The tornado had blew away one building, while leaving another building a few
feet away untouched. 11t.
People come from far away to help the victims of the tornado. 15. A tornado's
tremendous destruction has often gave many people a feeling of
Extend: Write three sentences for each verb you used incorrectly in the above sentences.
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Irregular Verbs: Lie and Loy
Here are the principal parts of lie and lay.
Present Present Participle
Past Participle
(am) lying
(have) lain
(am) laying
(have) laid
> Lie (to recline)
I want to lie down.
Lay (to put down)
I lay my books on the table.
Circle the
correct word in the parentheses in each of the sentences below.
1. The little
quietly in the corner of his crib.
2. Mer their 50-mile march, the soldiers (lay, laid) in their tents.
Where is my pen? I know I (laid, lay) it down here yesterday. If. They have (laid, lain) the blankets on the ground in preparation for the concert. 5. She was (laying, lying) clothes out on the bed.
6. Last night I
7. I
(laid, lay) awake in bed, listening to the storm.
(laid, lay) my head upon the pillow.
8. If you are tired,
9. I
(lay, lie) down on the sofa.
was so exhausted that I could have (lain, laid) in bed all day.
10. Our hens are (laying, lying) eggs.
11. Please, (lie, lay) the newspaper down and talk to me.
12. Have you (lain, laid) the tile in the bath?
I'm going home and (lay, lie) in the sun. 11f. That tree has been (laying, lying) in the lake since the storm. 15.
Grandma has been (laying, lying) on the couch.
16. Does that rug (lie, lay) smoothly?
Extend: If you have trouble using lie and lay, read the sentences above aloud (after you are
certain you have chosen the correct form). Read them several times. Hearing the correct form of
lie and lay helps you learn them.
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