There are approximately 200 irregular verbs in the English language. These verbs form the past and past participle (have + verb) tenses differently from the present. These irregularities can be a nagging source of confusion for many writers and speakers of English.
Below is a handful of irregular verbs that seem to be most frequently misused (even by the educated among us. Tsk tsk). Most English handbooks should have a complete listing of all 200 or so of these verbs.
|Present||Past||Past Participle||Examples of Incorrect Usage|
|come||came||(have) come||I have came too early. (have come)|
|drink||drank||(have) drunk||They have drank too much wine. (have drunk)|
|go||went||(have) gone||She has went to work. (has gone)|
|ride||rode||(have) ridden||I have rode a bike since I was 10. (have ridden)|
|run||ran||(have) run||I have ran four miles. (have run)|
|see||saw||(have) seen||I seen the accident as it was happening. (saw)|
|speak||spoke||(have) spoken||We have spoke on the phone. (have spoken)|
|write||wrote||(have) written||I have wrote a letter. (have written)|