Forego, Forewent and Foregone and Forgo, Forwent and Forgone

Forego (forewent and foregone) means to precede.

Forgo (forwent and forgone) means to do without (something).

(However, they are almost interchangeable these days.)

Forego, Forewent and Foregone

The word forego means to precede(i.e. to go before). The past tense of forego is forewent. The past participle is foregone. For example:
When used to mean to precede, forego and forewent are rarely seen in modern English. They are most commonly seen as misspellings of forgo and forwent. In fact, they are so common, it has become debatable whether they are still misspellings. In other words, forego and forewent are considered by many to be acceptable alternatives for forgo and forwent.

Here is an example of forego being used incorrectly but acceptably:
Unlike forego and forewent, the word foregone is still common (e.g. a foregone conclusion).

Forgo, Forwent and Forgone

The word forgo means to do without (something). The past tense of forgo is forwent. The past participle is forgone. For example:
Forgo, forwent and forgone are all common in modern English.


Forego means to precede or to go before. Let the fore part of forego remind you of to go before


Forego and forgo are pretty much interchangeable nowadays, but we would advise sticking to the original rules because they are easier to defend than saying "they're interchangeable." In our experience, you will hardly ever need the verb to forego unless you're using it in the form foregone.

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Past tense Past participle List of easily confused words