32 Past Simple – Irregular

Verbs

The Past Simple is the tense used to talk about situations that occurred in the past and have now concluded.

Many common verbs have Irregular past forms.

Below you can see a list of the most common Irregular verbs:

INFINITIVE PAST SIMPLE
become became
brake broke
bring brought
buy bought
do did
draw drew
drink drank
eat ate
feel felt
find found
go went
have had
hear heard
keep kept
read read
run ran
say said
see saw
teach taught
write wrote
  • I bought a cheap shirt yesterday.
  • He drank a lot last night.
  • They bought a lot of chocolates last week.

There is not a rule that explains how to obtain the past form of these verbs. The Irregular verbs are used like the regular verbs in the Past Simple but each verb has a special form which you should learn by heart.

We use the Past Simple tense when we wish to talk about situations that occurred in the past and have now concluded. There are many verbs which are Irregular in the past.

For example:
— “I wrote a letter to my favourite writer.” – “I writed a letter to my favourite writer. = The verb write changes to wrote in this sentence because it is an Irregular verb.

Let’s revise this content within the [Form] section. Take a look at the [Example] section that shows its use within a context.