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Regular Verbs

English regular verbs change their form very little (unlike irregular verbs). The past tense and past participle of regular verbs end in -ed, for example:

work, worked, worked

But you should note the following points:

1. Some verbs can be both regular and irregular, for example:

learn, learned, learned
learn, learnt, learnt

2. Some verbs have one meaning when regular and a different meaning when irregular, for example the verb to hang:

  base past past participle meaning example
regular hang hanged hanged to kill or die, by dropping with a rope around the neck When will they hang the murderer? / They have hanged him already. He was hanged at dawn.
irregular hang hung hung to fix something (for example, a picture) at the top so that the lower part is free Where will you hang the new picture? / I've hung it already. I hung it in the lobby.

3. The present tense of some regular verbs is the same as the past tense of some irregular verbs, for example the verbs to found and to find:

  present past past participle meaning example
regular found founded founded to start or establish an organization such as a school or business Did Steve Jobs found Apple?

Reed's School was founded by Andrew Reed.
irregular find found found to discover something Where did you find your keys? / I found them in the car.

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