our guide to verbs (Tip of the Week 34)

Verbs - english

How many verbs do you know in English?
Take a look at the Tip of the Week 34 from Nick Ponter of PS Sprachenservice.
Also, please click on our PS-Elearning site for you to practice.

It would be nearly impossible to learn all of the English verbs – there are a few thousand at least!
We can however learn the most important ones so let’s have a look at the PS Sprachenservice Top 50 Verb list.

Regular verbs

Regular verbs in English are relatively easy to learn as they just take the -ed ending in the past simple and past participle forms.  You do however need to know how to pronounce them.  There are three different ways of pronouncing an –ed ending.
worked (-t)           lived (-d)              wanted (-id)
Verbs ending with –t or –d take an –id sound at the end because it is not possible to pronounce the –t or –d ending.

Irregular verbs

It would be easier for English learners if we only had regular verbs, e.g. work-worked-worked

Unfortunately, you have to learn quite a lot of very important and often used irregular verbs, e.g. eat-ate-eaten

So why is this?  It is quite simple.  Firstly, most of the irregular verbs are very old and form the oldest part of the language (eat/drink/go etc.).  Secondly, they are very important verbs and used a lot.  Words which are used a lot change naturally over a long period of time. Regular verbs are generally newer and are not used as much, therefore do not change and remain regular with the -ed ending.

Click here for our Top 50 Verbs List:

Top 50 verbs List


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