One way to learn irregular verbs is to divide them into groups.
According to some grammar books, irrregular English verbs DO seem to have some type of regularity. Here are some tips along with a couple of activities.
In this group, verbs remain nearly the same and change final -d for -t.
For example: build> built > built.
CLASS 1 ACTIVITY
Verbs are the same in Past Simple and Past Participle, receive an -d/-ed/t suffix but change one or more vowels.
For example: leave > left> left
CLASS 2 ACTIVITY
In this group the Past Simple usually has -ed but the Past Participle had -(e)n.
This is a small group and I suppose I’ll be adding some more if I can remember any.
For example: show > showed > shown
CLASS 3 ACTIVITY
The past tense doesn’t have a suffix although it may change a vowel, but the Past Participle has an -(e)n suffix and the base vowel changes or both changes may happen.
For example: give > gave > given
CLASS 4 ACTIVITY
In this group the vowel changes in one or both. There are no other changes.
For example: begin > began > begun
CLASS 5 ACTIVITY
All the verbs are the same!
For example: put > put > put
CLASS 6 ACTIVITY
One or both of the forms is/are completely different.
For example: go > went > gone – Be > was/were > been
Feel like pulling your hair out with English irregular verbs? Well, for God’s sake don’t pull them out with irregular verbs it may be painful! (That was a translation from Spanish. You should pull them out due to/because of irregular verbs).
Maybe the best way to deal with them is to learn them by heart (I hate memorizing stuff!), although there might be another way, I don’t know about. I would even say that it is better to learn both, the past simple and the past participle together (yes, the ones in the third column at the end of your Student’s book). This may seem a pretty daunting activity, but if you set yourself to learning, for example five of them a week, in two months you will have learnt forty of the most important ones, which isn’t too bad, is it?
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Past perfect or past simple? This is an activity that will help you practise these tenses within a story about Jane, a girl that was looking forward to going to a party, but discovered that being absent-minded wasn’t a good thing ….unless you change the end of the story.
The first part of the activity is to fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verb in brackets. After checking the activity, students can write their own version of the end of the story. (max 50 words).
Once we have all the stories, we’re going to vote the one we like most! 🙂
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What do you do during the weekdays and the weekend?
Here’s a slide with some examples of positive and negative statements using the present simple. You have two different links. The first is for the grammar and the second is to do an activity.
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Rachel Butler, marine biologist and underwater film-maker speaks about how she chose a career that she was passionate about.
The video is from BBC Earth Unplugged.
CLICK FOR LISTENING ACTIVITY
Are you a fashion victim? Do you spend huge amounts of money on your wardrobe or are you mostly into second-hand stores? What carbon footprint do you think your clothing issues have on the environment? Here’s a multiple choice cloze for English Advanced levels that may get you into thinking twice before your next click to an online fashion retailer.
Text adapted from BBC News.