Top Irregular English Verbs

Many of the most important verbs in English are irregular in the simple past and past participle forms. Irregular verbs don't follow a set pattern so they have to be learnt individually. The list below shows the most common irregular verbs, with the simple past and participle for each. Click on the verb name to see full conjugation tables.

Irregular forms are in red.

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Verb Simple Past Past Participle
to sleep slept slept
to stick stuck stuck
to drink drank drunk
to hide hid hidden
to ride rode ridden
to feed fed fed
to spread spread spread
to blow blew blown
to burn burned / burnt burned / burnt
to lean leant / leaned leant / leaned
to shut shut shut
to bear bore born / borne
to wake waked / woke waked / woken
to steal stole stolen
to cast cast cast
to wrap wrapt / wrapped wrapt / wrapped
to slide slid slid / slidden
to bend bent bent
to arrange arranged arranged
to tear tore torn
to ring rang rung
to smell smelt / smelled smelt / smelled
to light lit lit
to swing swung swung
to dig dug dug

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