#108 - Learn the Most Common Irregular English Verbs

September 22, 2021

Here's a list of the most common irregular English verbs that we use on a daily basis.

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In this episode, I’m gonna teach you 20 of the most common irregular English verbs that you need to master.

[INTRO MUSIC]

Before we get started, I wanna make a few things clear. 

  1. This is not a list of ALL irregular English verbs. I’m just gonna talk about the most common ones we use on a daily basis.
  2. I also wanna talk about the pattern I’ll be using to introduce these verbs to you. That pattern is present tense, past tense, past participle tense. I think these are the most important verb tenses to master because we use them every single day, no exceptions.
  1. Lastly, DO NOT turn off this podcast episode and go back to scrolling on TikTok and watching your favorite TV series. You must practice what you learn if you really wanna remember it. So write a bunch of sentences with these words, record yourself speaking, use them with your language partner… whatever you need to do. Just practice.

Alright, my friend. Let’s get into the episode.

The first irregular verb we’re gonna look at is….

Wake up / woke up / woken up

  • To rouse from a state of sleep
  • To come out of a state of sleep


I wake up every morning at 6 AM.

I woke up late today.

I’ve woken up every day at the same time.

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Bite / bit / bitten

  • to cut, wound, or tear with the teeth


She bites her apples in a really weird way.

Your dog bit me!

That’s not true! My dog has never bitten anyone.

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Break / broke / broken

  • to smash, split, or divide into parts violently; reduce to pieces or fragments
  • to infringe, ignore, or act contrary to (a law, rule, promise, etc.)


Don’t give it to him. He always breaks it!

I think I broke my leg!

I’ve broken too many bones to try that.

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Choose / chose / chosen

  • to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference


She always chooses her favorite students.

I don’t know why he chose to be a singer.

I’ve been chosen to represent our country at the Olympics!

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Drive / drove / driven

  • to cause and guide the movement of (a vehicle, an animal, etc.)


He drives a different car every day.

For some reason, he drove to the store but he walked back.

I’ve driven across the country 3 times.

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Eat / ate / eaten

  • to take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment; chew and swallow (food)
  • to consume by or as if by devouring gradually; wear away; corrode


I never watch TV while I eat my dinner.

I can’t believe she ate 9 slices of pizza for lunch.

Have you eaten today?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fall / fell / fallen

  • to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, especially to leave a standing or erect position suddenly, whether voluntarily or not


Every year, the leaves fall from the trees.

She fell because she wasn’t paying attention.

I have fallen and I can’t get up!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Forget / forgot / forgotten

  • to cease or fail to remember; be unable to recall


I always forget to lock the door before I leave!

I can’t believe she forgot about my birthday.

Have you forgotten what that woman did for you?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Freeze / froze / frozen

  • to become hardened into ice or into a solid body; change from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.


Water freezes at 32 degrees fahrenheit.

I wasn’t going to cook the meat today so I froze it.

Some people like their coffee frozen.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Get / got / gotten

There are so many definitions and ways to use this word. Especially when you start adding prepositions and adverbs to it. I plan on making an episode about this in the future. The good news is the conjugation doesn’t change, so once you master it, you just have to remember all the different meanings. But here’s one of the most common definitions.

  • to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of


I get my clothes from Walmart.

She got a new car for her birthday.

We’ve gotten so many offers this year.

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Give / gave / given

  • to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow


They give money to charity every year.

Who gave you that jacket?

When was the last time you were given a hug?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hide / hid / hidden

  • to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered


She always hides the presents from him.

She hid under the stairs for an hour.

We’ve hidden money all over this city.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mistake / mistook / mistaken

  • an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.


People always mistake my kindness for weakness.

I’m sorry, I mistook you for this girl I know.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Ride / rode / ridden

  • to sit on and manage a horse or other animal in motion; be carried on the back of an animal


They ride the bus to work every morning.

I rode a horse for the first time yesterday.

Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

See / saw / seen

  • to perceive with the eyes; look at.


I see opportunities where others don’t.

I saw her at the mall yesterday.

Have you seen Tony’s new video?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Shake / shook / shaken

  • to move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements.


I don’t know why he shakes his drink before opening it.

I don’t like the way he shook my hand.

The whole city was shaken to its core.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Speak / spoke / spoken

  • to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice; talk
  • To communicate vocally


Everybody listens when he speaks.

She spoke to us as if we were children.

Truer words have never been spoken.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Steal / stole / stolen

  • to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force


Politicians steal from this country every day.

I can’t believe you stole my car!

His identity has been stolen.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Take / took / taken

  • to get into one's hold or possession by voluntary action


Here, take this!

She took my favorite jacket!

I’ve taken 7 different pills in the last 7 hours.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Write / wrote / written

  • to trace or form (characters, letters, words, etc.) on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, or other instrument or means; inscribe


I write a letter to my brother every week.

She never wrote her name on the paper.

He has written many books over the course of his career.


----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Like I said at the beginning of the episode, there are many other irregular English verbs. However, I think these are the most common ones that you’ll hear and use on a daily basis. So remember to find a way to practice until you can use these words naturally in conversations. 


As always, thank you for your time and attention. I hope you enjoyed this episode. This is Life in English. I’m Tony Kaizen, and I’ll talk to you later. Peace!


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In this episode, I’m gonna teach you 20 of the most common irregular English verbs that you need to master.

[INTRO MUSIC]

Before we get started, I wanna make a few things clear. 

  1. This is not a list of ALL irregular English verbs. I’m just gonna talk about the most common ones we use on a daily basis.
  2. I also wanna talk about the pattern I’ll be using to introduce these verbs to you. That pattern is present tense, past tense, past participle tense. I think these are the most important verb tenses to master because we use them every single day, no exceptions.
  1. Lastly, DO NOT turn off this podcast episode and go back to scrolling on TikTok and watching your favorite TV series. You must practice what you learn if you really wanna remember it. So write a bunch of sentences with these words, record yourself speaking, use them with your language partner… whatever you need to do. Just practice.

Alright, my friend. Let’s get into the episode.

The first irregular verb we’re gonna look at is….

Wake up / woke up / woken up

  • To rouse from a state of sleep
  • To come out of a state of sleep


I wake up every morning at 6 AM.

I woke up late today.

I’ve woken up every day at the same time.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bite / bit / bitten

  • to cut, wound, or tear with the teeth


She bites her apples in a really weird way.

Your dog bit me!

That’s not true! My dog has never bitten anyone.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Break / broke / broken

  • to smash, split, or divide into parts violently; reduce to pieces or fragments
  • to infringe, ignore, or act contrary to (a law, rule, promise, etc.)


Don’t give it to him. He always breaks it!

I think I broke my leg!

I’ve broken too many bones to try that.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Choose / chose / chosen

  • to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference


She always chooses her favorite students.

I don’t know why he chose to be a singer.

I’ve been chosen to represent our country at the Olympics!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Drive / drove / driven

  • to cause and guide the movement of (a vehicle, an animal, etc.)


He drives a different car every day.

For some reason, he drove to the store but he walked back.

I’ve driven across the country 3 times.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Eat / ate / eaten

  • to take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment; chew and swallow (food)
  • to consume by or as if by devouring gradually; wear away; corrode


I never watch TV while I eat my dinner.

I can’t believe she ate 9 slices of pizza for lunch.

Have you eaten today?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fall / fell / fallen

  • to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, especially to leave a standing or erect position suddenly, whether voluntarily or not


Every year, the leaves fall from the trees.

She fell because she wasn’t paying attention.

I have fallen and I can’t get up!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Forget / forgot / forgotten

  • to cease or fail to remember; be unable to recall


I always forget to lock the door before I leave!

I can’t believe she forgot about my birthday.

Have you forgotten what that woman did for you?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Freeze / froze / frozen

  • to become hardened into ice or into a solid body; change from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.


Water freezes at 32 degrees fahrenheit.

I wasn’t going to cook the meat today so I froze it.

Some people like their coffee frozen.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Get / got / gotten

There are so many definitions and ways to use this word. Especially when you start adding prepositions and adverbs to it. I plan on making an episode about this in the future. The good news is the conjugation doesn’t change, so once you master it, you just have to remember all the different meanings. But here’s one of the most common definitions.

  • to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of


I get my clothes from Walmart.

She got a new car for her birthday.

We’ve gotten so many offers this year.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Give / gave / given

  • to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow


They give money to charity every year.

Who gave you that jacket?

When was the last time you were given a hug?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hide / hid / hidden

  • to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered


She always hides the presents from him.

She hid under the stairs for an hour.

We’ve hidden money all over this city.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mistake / mistook / mistaken

  • an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.


People always mistake my kindness for weakness.

I’m sorry, I mistook you for this girl I know.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Ride / rode / ridden

  • to sit on and manage a horse or other animal in motion; be carried on the back of an animal


They ride the bus to work every morning.

I rode a horse for the first time yesterday.

Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

See / saw / seen

  • to perceive with the eyes; look at.


I see opportunities where others don’t.

I saw her at the mall yesterday.

Have you seen Tony’s new video?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Shake / shook / shaken

  • to move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements.


I don’t know why he shakes his drink before opening it.

I don’t like the way he shook my hand.

The whole city was shaken to its core.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Speak / spoke / spoken

  • to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice; talk
  • To communicate vocally


Everybody listens when he speaks.

She spoke to us as if we were children.

Truer words have never been spoken.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Steal / stole / stolen

  • to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force


Politicians steal from this country every day.

I can’t believe you stole my car!

His identity has been stolen.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Take / took / taken

  • to get into one's hold or possession by voluntary action


Here, take this!

She took my favorite jacket!

I’ve taken 7 different pills in the last 7 hours.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Write / wrote / written

  • to trace or form (characters, letters, words, etc.) on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, or other instrument or means; inscribe


I write a letter to my brother every week.

She never wrote her name on the paper.

He has written many books over the course of his career.


----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Like I said at the beginning of the episode, there are many other irregular English verbs. However, I think these are the most common ones that you’ll hear and use on a daily basis. So remember to find a way to practice until you can use these words naturally in conversations. 


As always, thank you for your time and attention. I hope you enjoyed this episode. This is Life in English. I’m Tony Kaizen, and I’ll talk to you later. Peace!


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In this episode, I’m gonna teach you 20 of the most common irregular English verbs that you need to master.

[INTRO MUSIC]

Before we get started, I wanna make a few things clear. 

  1. This is not a list of ALL irregular English verbs. I’m just gonna talk about the most common ones we use on a daily basis.
  2. I also wanna talk about the pattern I’ll be using to introduce these verbs to you. That pattern is present tense, past tense, past participle tense. I think these are the most important verb tenses to master because we use them every single day, no exceptions.
  1. Lastly, DO NOT turn off this podcast episode and go back to scrolling on TikTok and watching your favorite TV series. You must practice what you learn if you really wanna remember it. So write a bunch of sentences with these words, record yourself speaking, use them with your language partner… whatever you need to do. Just practice.

Alright, my friend. Let’s get into the episode.

The first irregular verb we’re gonna look at is….

Wake up / woke up / woken up

  • To rouse from a state of sleep
  • To come out of a state of sleep


I wake up every morning at 6 AM.

I woke up late today.

I’ve woken up every day at the same time.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bite / bit / bitten

  • to cut, wound, or tear with the teeth


She bites her apples in a really weird way.

Your dog bit me!

That’s not true! My dog has never bitten anyone.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Break / broke / broken

  • to smash, split, or divide into parts violently; reduce to pieces or fragments
  • to infringe, ignore, or act contrary to (a law, rule, promise, etc.)


Don’t give it to him. He always breaks it!

I think I broke my leg!

I’ve broken too many bones to try that.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Choose / chose / chosen

  • to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference


She always chooses her favorite students.

I don’t know why he chose to be a singer.

I’ve been chosen to represent our country at the Olympics!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Drive / drove / driven

  • to cause and guide the movement of (a vehicle, an animal, etc.)


He drives a different car every day.

For some reason, he drove to the store but he walked back.

I’ve driven across the country 3 times.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Eat / ate / eaten

  • to take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment; chew and swallow (food)
  • to consume by or as if by devouring gradually; wear away; corrode


I never watch TV while I eat my dinner.

I can’t believe she ate 9 slices of pizza for lunch.

Have you eaten today?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fall / fell / fallen

  • to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, especially to leave a standing or erect position suddenly, whether voluntarily or not


Every year, the leaves fall from the trees.

She fell because she wasn’t paying attention.

I have fallen and I can’t get up!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Forget / forgot / forgotten

  • to cease or fail to remember; be unable to recall


I always forget to lock the door before I leave!

I can’t believe she forgot about my birthday.

Have you forgotten what that woman did for you?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Freeze / froze / frozen

  • to become hardened into ice or into a solid body; change from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.


Water freezes at 32 degrees fahrenheit.

I wasn’t going to cook the meat today so I froze it.

Some people like their coffee frozen.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Get / got / gotten

There are so many definitions and ways to use this word. Especially when you start adding prepositions and adverbs to it. I plan on making an episode about this in the future. The good news is the conjugation doesn’t change, so once you master it, you just have to remember all the different meanings. But here’s one of the most common definitions.

  • to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of


I get my clothes from Walmart.

She got a new car for her birthday.

We’ve gotten so many offers this year.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Give / gave / given

  • to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow


They give money to charity every year.

Who gave you that jacket?

When was the last time you were given a hug?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hide / hid / hidden

  • to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered


She always hides the presents from him.

She hid under the stairs for an hour.

We’ve hidden money all over this city.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mistake / mistook / mistaken

  • an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.


People always mistake my kindness for weakness.

I’m sorry, I mistook you for this girl I know.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Ride / rode / ridden

  • to sit on and manage a horse or other animal in motion; be carried on the back of an animal


They ride the bus to work every morning.

I rode a horse for the first time yesterday.

Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

See / saw / seen

  • to perceive with the eyes; look at.


I see opportunities where others don’t.

I saw her at the mall yesterday.

Have you seen Tony’s new video?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Shake / shook / shaken

  • to move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements.


I don’t know why he shakes his drink before opening it.

I don’t like the way he shook my hand.

The whole city was shaken to its core.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Speak / spoke / spoken

  • to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice; talk
  • To communicate vocally


Everybody listens when he speaks.

She spoke to us as if we were children.

Truer words have never been spoken.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Steal / stole / stolen

  • to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force


Politicians steal from this country every day.

I can’t believe you stole my car!

His identity has been stolen.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Take / took / taken

  • to get into one's hold or possession by voluntary action


Here, take this!

She took my favorite jacket!

I’ve taken 7 different pills in the last 7 hours.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Write / wrote / written

  • to trace or form (characters, letters, words, etc.) on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, or other instrument or means; inscribe


I write a letter to my brother every week.

She never wrote her name on the paper.

He has written many books over the course of his career.


----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Like I said at the beginning of the episode, there are many other irregular English verbs. However, I think these are the most common ones that you’ll hear and use on a daily basis. So remember to find a way to practice until you can use these words naturally in conversations. 


As always, thank you for your time and attention. I hope you enjoyed this episode. This is Life in English. I’m Tony Kaizen, and I’ll talk to you later. Peace!


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