Regular Verbs, Definition and Examples

English Regular Verbs, Definition and Examples


English Regular Verbs, Definition and Examples


A regular verbs is one that conforms to the usual rule for forming its simple past tense. its past participle. The “usual” rule is to add -ed or -d to the base form of the vocabulary to create the past forms.

Like this for regular verbs, the simple past tense and past particle are formed:

*Add ”ed” to most vocabulary:

  • Jump > Jumped
  • Paint > Painted

If a vocabulary of one syllable ends [consonant-vowel-consonant], double add and the final letter “ed”:

  • Chat > Chatted
  • Stop > Stopped

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If the final letter is “w,” “x,” or “y,” don’t double it:

  • sew > sewed
  • play > played
  • fix > fixed

If the last syllable of a longer vocabulary is stressed and ends [consonant – vowel – consonant] double the last letter and add “ed”:

  • incur > incurred
  • prefer > preferred

If the first syllable of a longer verb is stressed and the vocabulary ends [letter-vowel-letter], just add “ed”:

  • open > opened
  • enter > entered
  • swallow > swallowed

If the vocabulary ends “e,” just add “d”:

  • thrive > thrived
  • guzzle > guzzled

If the vocabulary ends [consonant + “y”], change the “y” to an “i” and add “ed”:  

  • cry > cried

Regular vocabulary in English create the past simple and past participle by adding -ed to the base form.

arrive arrived arrived
call called called
wait waited waited


For example If the vocabulary ends in a consonant and -y, we change the -y to -i and added -ed :

marry married married
study studied studied


For example If a vocabulary ends in -e we simply add -d :

hate hated hated
like liked liked

Example Sentences with Regular Verbs

Maria accepts the gift on his behalf.
Maria accepted the gift on his behalf.
Maria will accept the gift on his behalf

You advise me to slow down.
You advised me to slow down.
You will advise me to slow down.

The cat amuse the baby.
The cat amused the baby.
The cat will amuse the baby.

Selena begs for your forgiveness.
Selena begged for your forgiveness.
Selena will beg for your forgiveness.

We bolt out the door.
We bolted out the door.
We will bolt out the door.

Nothing compares to freshly squeezed cola.
Nothing compared to freshly squeezed cola.
Nothing will compare to freshly squeezed cola.

Bead destroys all the furniture.
Bead destroyed all the furniture
Bead will destroy all the furniture.

Mary dresses for success.
Mary dressed for success.
Mary will dress for success.

The hamster escapes from his housing.
The hamster escaped from his housing.
The hamster will escape from his housing.

Sam gazes out the window.
Sam gazed out the window.
Sam will gaze out the window.

Bella heats up her dinner in the microwave.
Bella heated up her dinner in the microwave.
Bella will heat up her dinner in the microwave.

Stella and Jack hug in a warm embrace.
Stella and Jack hugged in a warm embrace.
Stella and Jack will hug in a warm embrace.

The off-color jokes offend the viewer.
The off-color jokes offended the viewer.
The off-color jokes will offend the viewer.

Fairy tale heroes plug into the matrix.
Fairy tale heroes plugged into the matrix.
Fairy tale heroes will plug into the matrix.


50 regular verbs, Present, Past and PastParticiple Forms

Present Past Past
Accept Accepted Accepted
Act Acted Acted
Bake Baked Baked
Behave Behaved Behaved
Close Closed Closed
Compare Compared Compared
Compete Competed Competed
Die Died Died
Disagree Disagreed Disagreed
Disturb Disturbed Disturbed
Dress Dressed Dressed
Dry Dried Dried
Eliminate Eliminated Eliminated
End Ended Ended
Enjoy Enjoyed Enjoyed
Fix Fixed Fixed
Follow Followed Followed
Freeze Freezed Freezed
Fry Fried Fried
Greet Greeted Greeted
Guess Guessed Guessed
Hunt Hunted Hunted
Identify Identified Identified
Imagine Imagined Imagined
Invite Invited Invited

Present Past Past
Join Joined Joined
Jump Jumped Jumped
Knock Knocked Knocked
Love Loved Loved
Manage Managed Managed
Mark Marked Marked
Match Matched Matched
Name Named Named
Need Needed Needed
Open Opened Opened
Order Ordered Ordered
Organize Organized Organized
Pack Packed Packed
Paint Painted Painted
Pass Passed Passed
Perform Performed Performed
Persuade Persuaded Persuaded
Program Programmed Programmed
Protect Protected Protected
Review Reviewed Reviewed
Shop Shopped Shopped
Slow Slowed Slowed
Turn Turned Turned
Underline Underlined Underlined
Want Wanted Wanted