Simple past, present and futureUses of “have”
What are irregular verbs?
Most verbs in the English language take -ed to form the past tense and the past participle forms. For example:
- I worked in New York for many years.
- I have worked in New York for thirty years.
Some verbs are irregular, which means they don’t follow the usual -ed pattern. In fact, irregular verbs are more a matter of vocabulary memorization than grammar, and so you must simply work towards memorizing the words. Here are a few examples of irregular verbs:
- Thomas swam in the lake every summer afternoon.
- I had forgotten my lunch appointment, so I got to the restaurant thirty minutes late.
- Our teacher taught us about irregular verbs yesterday.
Here’s a list of many irregular verbs. The ones marked with the following symbol ( ο ) are more often used, and should perhaps first be studied.
Links to grammar explanation handout and graded worksheets (word search):
- Irregular Verbs List w/most common marked
- Irregular Verbs Word Search 3 levels
Link to my webpage, long list of irregular verbs:
maybe not – Past Participle exercise http://www.5minuteenglish.com/may5.htm
This is a note for me, not to present the class in total.
To Have – Auxiliary Verb
Have is used as an auxiliary verb in the perfect tenses. Remember that the auxiliary verb takes the conjugation in English, so the verb have will change depending on the tense. Here is a quick review of the tenses that use have as an auxiliary verb:
Present Perfect: He has been to Georgia twice.
Present Perfect Continuous: They have been waiting for over an hour.
Past Perfect: He had already eaten when she arrived.
Past Perfect Continuous: Jane had been working for two hours when he telephoned