Past Participle in Question Phrases

In today’s post we will be learning all about the past participle in question phrases! If you use the phrase “Have you ever…” it is essential to put the following verb in the form of a past participle. Here is an example of the difference:

  • Instead of saying:
    • Have you ever went to California before?
  • Say:
    • Have you ever been to California before?

The past participle normally accompanies another verb in this case the word “have”. The past participle is typically referred to as the third form of the verb and can often be made by adding on these endings : ed, d, or t.

For example:

  • Sleep : slept : slept
  • Jump : jumped : jumped
  • Wear: wore : worn
  • Be : was/were : been

As you can see, sometimes the past participle is exactly the same as the regular past tense but other times things can be more difficult if the verb is irregular! For that reason, it will be useful to look specifically at a list of verbs that are irregular in the past participle so that you can begin to memorize them:

Here is a long list of irregular verbs: https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/support-files/50_common_irregular_verbs_list.pdf

However below I have compiled a list of the top 10 most used irregular verbs where in the past participle is different from the regular past tense!

 

  1. Be : was/were : been
  2. Become: became: become
  3. Drink: drank: drunk
  4. Do : did: done
  5. Eat: ate: eaten
  6. Give: gave: given
  7. Write: wrote: written
  8. Wear: wore: worn
  9. Speak: spoke: spoken
  10. Sing: sang: sung

Let’s practice using some of these new irregular verbs!

Past Participle Quiz

Try and conjugate the following verbs into the past participle.

10 More Important Irregular Past Verbs!

Those irregular verbs! They always cause problems – why do they have to be so different? It can seem like a big challenge to remember all of the irregular verbs, but you can do it if you memorise them in small groups.


It’s important to keep improving your knowledge of these verbs step by step, so here are a few exercises to help you remember 10 important past verbs:

Irregular Past Verbs Quiz

Choose the right irregular verb at the past.

 

How did it go? Did you learn some new words? Try to write a sentence with each of these irregular past verbs to help you to remember them. You can even write them in the comments below!

When you are done, try our most common irregular past tense verbs exercise to make sure you know the key verbs!

https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/most-common-irregular-past-tense-verbs/

 

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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!

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