Most Common Irregular Past Tense Verbs


Irregular past tense verbs in English can be rather difficult, especially because there are so many! In any case, if you learn the top 20 irregular verbs, you will most likely be able to converse with native English speakers in a positive and productive way. Our English language exercise today is dedicated to the top 20 most used irregular past tense verbs in the English language. Do you know them all?

Try the following quiz and put your knowledge to the test. Who knows? You just might learn something!

20 most used irregular past tense verbs

Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs in brackets.

How did the exercise go? We know they can be a bit of a pain at times, and it is perhaps the single most difficult exercise in the English language. Unfortunately there are no clear or concise patterns to follow when it comes to these verbs, so your only option is sheer memorization!

We’ve got plenty of other exercises when it comes to irregular verbs in English, especially when it comes to the past tense. Have a look at our blog to find plenty of material that will help you learn English immediately!

Here are some useful links for you to try, with various levels and grammatical themes that can help you improve your English grammar:

Hanging a Bell on the Cat

Each week we take a different Aesop’s Fable so you can read at your own level and learn some new vocabulary.


One day, some Mice were talking about how they could get rid of their enemy, the Cat.

They wanted to find a way of knowing when she was coming, so they would have time to run away. They needed to do something, because the Mice were so scared of the Cat that they hardly ever went out of their dens in the night or day.

They talked and they talked but nobody had any good ideas. At last a very young mouse got up and said:

“I have a very simple plan, and I know it will be successful!”

“All we need to do is to hang a bell around the Cat’s neck. When we hear the bell ringing we will know immediately that our enemy is coming.”

The rest of the Mice were very surprised that they had not thought of this plan before. They were very pleased and excited about the idea. But in the middle of the celebrations, an old Mouse stood up and said:

“The young Mouse’s plan is very good. But let me ask you this question: Who exactly is going to hang the bell around the Cat’s neck?”

It is easy to say something should be done, but much more difficult to actually do it.

Now you’ve read the fable, try the definitions quiz below!

Bell on the Cat Quiz

You’ve read the fable, now try to match the words to the definition!

5 Reasons Why Learning a Language is Good for You

With most of the world locked indoors for the foreseeable future, now is the best time to settle down with the books and your computer and learn a language, or practice the one you’re learning now. Here’s why…

It improves your memory

The fact is that the brain is like a muscle, because just like a muscle, the more it is used the better and stronger it becomes. Learning a language means you need to remember and memorise a lot of different grammatical rules, vocabulary and mistakes to avoid. This means every time you settle down to study you are giving your mind a workout and improving its ability to memorise and remember things. Multi-lingual people can recall facts, numbers and dates better than others!

Your first language will improve too

Learning grammar from another language means you become more aware of the rules for your own language. It makes you question why things are the way they are in your own language and means you can understand it better. Improving your listening skills in your new language will naturally make you a better listener in your own, as well as improving your clarity of speech when you practice pronouncing those difficult new words!

It will improve your overall academic performance

The benefits from sharpening your mind, improving your memory and easing stress will make it easier to study any subject. If you have exams in other subjects, for school or university for example, you will find studying a new language as well will aid your studying. Research has shown multi-lingual students consistently perform better than students with only one language. Your problem-solving skills will be improved and that can help you in countless ways!

It opens your horizons to new people and cultures

Imagine being able to communicate in another country fluently, understanding the people and their culture, and being able to read literature that was before inaccessible to you. Now you can really see the world through someone else’s eyes and open up new worlds and cultures for yourself. You can make new friends in your new language with people that you may never have met before. Learning a new language is a chance to be involved in a new international community.

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It’s good for your career

Having a second or even third language on your CV is a sure-fire way to get that dream job you’ve always wanted. Perhaps you will be able to apply for that promotion in your company, where the job involves international travel, or maybe you can apply for a job in new country and start to use and perfect your new language in a really immersive way. Some of the most successful people in the world are multi-lingual and that can be no coincidence. Learning a new language can benefit your mind, quality of life and career.

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Before you go to book your next English lesson with Scrambled Eggs, try the definitions quiz below!

5 Reasons to Learn a Language Definitions Quiz

Now you’ve read the article, try to find the definitions of the words in bold in this quiz. Good luck!