English Grammar

Regular verbs in English grammar with examples

Regular verbs

We have reached an important point if we want to learn English, where many will wonder: What are regular verbs? It is called in this way to all those verbs that to form their past tense need the suffix “ed” at the end, also known as the verb root.

For example:

I play I played
I ask I asked
I work I worked
I cook I cooked
I open I opened
I close I closed

Basic rules

Regular Verbs are made up of a series of basic rules , which is important to take into account, since by using them we make sure that we have conjugated the verb correctly. These rules are as follows:

If the verb ends with the letter “e”, simply add the letter “d” to finish giving the past tense, as with the verb “close”.

  • I close  – I closed
  • I live  – I lived

If the verb ends in “y”, and is preceded by a consonant, the letter “y” is changed to “ie” adding the suffix “ed”.

  • I hurry  – I hurried
  • I cry  – I cried

If the verb ends in “y”, but it is preceded by a vowel sound, the letter “y” is preserved by adding the suffix “ed”.

  • I play  – I played
  • I pray  – I prayed

If a verb ends in a consonant and has a sharp sound, the final consonant is doubled and the suffix “ed” is added .

  • I admit  – I admitted
  • I pedal  – I pedaled 

Pronunciation of regular verbs in English

This topic gives us a bit of a headache, since learning to pronounce regular verbs correctly is only achieved with practice . The pronunciation rule for regular verbs is very simple, but it is in the middle of an English conversation that all doubts arise.

  • Dance – Danc ed
  • Dress – Dress ed  
  • Cry (Cry) – Cri ed 
  • Dry – Dri ed 

Learning about regular verbs is very simple, you just need to memorize the verb in the present and add the “ed” to form the past tense. We have to remember its meaning and practice pronunciation .

List of regular verbs

These are some of the most common regular verbs used within English speech. To be able to take them to the past tense, only the “ed” should be added at the end, following the rules explained above:

  • Open
  • Love
  • Learn
  • Help
  • Dance
  • Walk
  • Cook
  • Answer
  • Listen
  • Like
  • Talk
  • Play
  • Wash.
  • Clean
  • Look
  • Ask
  • Repeat
  • Work
  • Dress
  • Travel
  • Cry
  • Pray
  • Live
  • Snow 

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