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Weak Verbs - Glossary of Terms


Weak Verbs

A weak verb (or regular verb) is one that forms its past participle and past form by adding "-ed" or "-t".  The past form and past participle are the same. For example:
 
Irregular Verb Past Form Past Participle
To run I ran I have run
Weak Verb Past Form Past Participle
To paint I painted I have painted
To yawn I yawned I have yawned
 
Some weak verbs double the last consonant before adding "ed":
 
Weak Verb Past Form Past Participle
To bat I batted I have batted

Weak verbs ending "y" change the "y" to an "i" before adding "ed" or "t":

Weak Verb Past Form Past Participle
To rally I rallied I have rallied

Interactive example:
 
He cleaned the walls thoroughly but, unfortunately, broke two lamps. [show me the weak verb]
Associated pages:
 
What are verbs?
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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