English Verbs Same in Present and Past

We add -S to the end of the present tense verbs in the 3rd person. To mark out an action that happened or was finished in the past we use regular past tense English verbs.

A simple past tense verb is formed by adding –ed to the regular verb.  The simple past of regular verbs is extremely easy. It is the same for all persons. To form a regular past tense verb of verbs ending in a consonant and –y, change the –y to an “i” and add –ed (dry/dried). Regular past tense verbs are the same for singular and plural subjects.

Examples: walk – walked, watch – watched, play – played.

An irregular past tense verb describes an action that happened in the past. Irregular past tense verb forms do not end in –ed. These verbs either keep the same spelling, change letters in the middle of a word, or change completely

A lot of English verbs have irregular past tense forms, as well as irregular past participles. If you are studying English grammar you may want to memorize the common irregular past and past participles.

An irregular verb is one that does not conform to the usual rule for forming its simple past tense and its past participle. All you have to do is to just memorize them. Sometimes the spelling doesn’t change but the pronunciation does. 

There are no rules to help us define the past tense and past particle of irregular verbs. However, they do fall into groups from which we can see spelling patterns. If you have questions about a particular verb, check your dictionary.

There is a certain class of verbs that commonly cause difficulties: verbs whose past tense is the same as the present tense.

The word “read” means to look at and comprehend the meaning of (written or printed matter) by interpreting the characters or symbols of which it is composed. The past tense of “read” are spelled “read” but pronounced the same as “red”. Red and read past tense are two words that mean two different things but are pronounced in the same way.

Set past tense is the same as in present. You can find most of verbs that do not change in past tense in a table at the bottom of the article. Irregular verbs have inconsistent and sometimes confusing forms.

In writing the word read is spelled: “I read book yesterday” is the same as “I read book every day” in present tense.

There are no rules to help us determine the past tense and past particle of irregular verbs. However, they do fall into groups from which we can see spelling patterns. Set past tense is also not changing. If you have questions about a particular word, check the dictionary or look up in the web. There are numerous sites that will help you find the right form of the verb.

We have made a list of words that do not change in past tenses:

  • The first column is the present simple 3rd person singular.

  • The second column is the simple past tense.

  • The third column is the past participle

 

 

 

 

 

Like 'Set-Set-Set' (No Change)

3rd person singular

Past Simple 

Past Participle

Bets

Bet

Bet

Bids

Bid

Bid

Broadcasts

Broadcast/Broadcasted

Broadcast/Broadcasted

Bursts

Burst

Burst

Busts

Bust

Bust

Casts

Cast

Cast

Costs

Cost

Cost

Cuts

Cut

Cut

Fits

Fit/Fitted

Fit/Fitted

Forecasts

Forecast/Forecasted

Forecast/Forecasted

Hits

Hit

Hit

Hurts

Hurt

Hurt

Inputs

Input/Inputted

Input/Inputted

Knits

Knit/Knitted

Knit/Knitted

Lets

Let

Let

Misweds

Miswed/Miswedded

Miswed/Miswedded

Presets

Preset

Preset

Puts

Put

Put

Quits

Quit

Quit

Rids

Rid/Ridded

Rid/Ridded

Sets

Set

Set

Sheds

Shed

Shed

Shuts

Shut

Shut

Slits

Slit

Slit

Splits

Split

Split

Sublets

Sublet

Sublet

Sweats

Sweat/Sweated

Sweat/Sweated

Thrusts

Thrust

Thrust

Upsets

Upset

Upset

Weds

Wed/Wedded

Wed/Wedded

Wets

Wet/Wetted

Wet/Wetted