Verbs 08 - Irregular Verbs
Does James Bond like his martinis "shaken, not stirred" or "shaked, not stirred"?

Verbs 08 - Irregular Verbs

In the previous quiz we learnt how to identify verbs and classify them and we also learnt how to change from active voice to passive voice and vice versa. We were exposed to regular and irregular verbs and also auxiliary verbs, which we use to change the voice forms. We learnt that there are variations in the verbs when we look at different tense forms. Your learning of verbs would not be complete if we did not expose you to many more irregular verbs!

You may have come across verbs such as COMPLETE, CALL and FRY. These verbs follow certain rules when we use them in the simple past and past participle forms. For instance, COMPLETE becomes COMPLETED, CALL changes to CALLED and FRY becomes FRIED. Words such as FRY are changed by a slight alteration – removing the Y and adding IED. Such words are called regular verbs. However, we also come across certain words which follow different rules!.

SPEAK and SING do not follow any rules and have their own unique forms. In the case of SPEAK the simple past and past participle forms are SPOKE and SPOKEN respectively. Similarly SING becomes SANG and SUNG.

There are some verbs which have the same simple past and past participle forms. Words in this category are GRIND-GROUND-GROUND, PAY-PAID-PAID and SPEED-SPED-SPED.

Yet other words, like CUT and BET do not have any forms apart from their base forms and never change, which means that the same verb is utilized in all the tense forms. 'Speak', 'sing', 'cut', ‘grind’, ‘pay’, ‘speed’ and 'bet' are all IRREGULAR VERBS.

The only way to learn irregular verbs is to use such words as often as possible. In order to help you build your vocabulary of irregular verbs and their respective simple past and past participle forms the quiz that follows exposes you to 40 of them. Let's find out how many of these you know.

1.
Pick the simple past forms of WRITE, TAKE, SWIM and STING from the four options given.
Wrote, Took, Swam, Stung
Writed, Took, Swam, Stung
Wrote, Tooked, Swam, Stung
Wrote, Took, Swimied, Stung
Note that each word has its own simple past form different from one another. The only way to learn them is to use such irregular verb words as often as possible
2.
Pick the past participles of WRITE, TAKE, SWIM and STING from the four options given.
Wrote, Taken, Swum, Stung
Written, Taken, Swum, Stung
Written, Took, Swum, Stung
Written, Taken, Swam, Stung
Note that while WRITE, TAKE and SWIM have different past forms and past participles, whilst STING has STUNG in both
3.
Pick the simple past forms of STEAL, SIT, RIDE and HIDE from the four options given.
Stealed, Sat, Rode, Hid
Stole, Sat, Rode, Hid
Stole, Sat, Rided, Hid
Stole, Sat, Rode, Hided
Note that though RIDE and HIDE are similar sounding words their simple past forms are very different
4.
Pick the past participles of STEAL, SIT, RIDE and HIDE from the four options given.
Stolen, Sat, Rided, Hidden
Stolen, Sat, Ridden, Hided
Stealed, Sat, Ridden, Hidden
Stolen, Sat, Ridden, Hidden
Note that though RIDE and HIDE are similar sounding words their simple past forms are different. Their past participles however are similar. In the case of SIT, both simple past form and past participle are SAT
5.
Pick the simple past forms of LIGHT, DROWN, CATCH and BRING from the four options given.
Lit, Drowned, Caught, Brought
Light, Drowned, Catched, Brought
Lit, Drowned, Caught, Bringed
Lit, Drownied, Caught, Brought
Note that DROWN is a regular verb whereas LIGHT, CATCH and BRING are irregular verbs
6.
Pick the past participles of LIGHT, DROWN, CATCH and BRING from the four options given.
Lit, Drowned, Catachied, Brought
Lightied, Drowned, Caught, Brought
Lit, Drowned, Caught, Brought
Lit, Drown, Caught, Brought
Note that the simple past form and the past participle are the same in each of the four words. Also note that DROWN is a regular verb whereas LIGHT, CATCH and BRING are irregular verbs
7.
Pick the simple past forms of THROW, BLOW, KNOW and GROW from the four options given.
Throwed, Blew, Knew, Grew
Threw, Blew, Knew, Grew
Threw, Blowed, Knew, Grew
Threw, Blew, Knowed, Grew
Note that all of the four verbs THROW, BLOW, KNOW and GROW have similar simple past forms. All four are irregular verbs
8.
Pick the past participles of THROW, BLOW, KNOW and GROW from the four options given.
Thrown, Blowied, Knowed, Grown
Thrown, Blown, Known, Growied
Thrown, Blown, Knowied, Grown
Thrown, Blown, Known, Grown
Note that all four verbs THROW, BLOW, KNOW and GROW have similar past participles. All four are irregular verbs. Sometimes THROWED, BLOWED and GROWED can be seen or heard but they are non-standard usage
9.
Pick the simple past forms of FLY, FLOW, BEAR and SHAKE from the four options given.
Flew, Flowed, Bore, Shook
Flew, Flowed, Beared, Shook
Flew, Flowed, Bore, Shaked
Flyed, Flowed, Bore, Shook
Note that FLY, BEAR and SHAKE are irregular verbs whereas FLOW is a regular verb
10.
Pick the past participles of FLY, FLOW, BEAR and SHAKE from the four options given.
Flown, Flowed, Borne, Shaken
Flown, Flown, Borne, Shaken
Flown, Flowed, Beared, Shaken
Flown, Flowed, Borne, Shaked
Don't get confused with the second option where FLOWN is shown for FLOW as the two words are not related. In the case of SHAKE, remember how James Bond wants his martinis served - "Shaken, not stirred"
Author:  V T Narendra

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