Quiz playing is a wonderful way to increase your knowledge of English as a Second Language. Remember that all of our ESL quizzes have titles that are both friendly and technical at the same time… In the case of this quiz you might like to tell your friends about “Been There, Done That” but no doubt your teachers will talk about the “Irregular Past Forms quiz”! If you hear a technical term and you want to find a quiz about the subject then just look through the list of quiz titles until you find what you need.
There's a widespread modern saying in English - you may well have heard it - 'Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt'! It's a way of saying that you have gained a range of experience.
Like many European languages, English expresses single past actions using the Perfect Tense ('per-fect' comes from Latin, meaning 'completely done', i.e. the action is over by the time you are talking about it). We say 'I have done...' in much the same way as French says 'j'ai fait' or German, 'ich habe gemacht'. In these cases too, there is a present form built-into the verb phrase as a whole: 'I HAVE ... (done, etc.)'.
Like many other languages, too, English has some verbs, including ones that come up quite frequently, which have irregular past forms. How many of them do you recognise? Let's see!