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irregular verb

noun

any verb whose past tense and past participle are not formed by adding -ed, -d, or -t to the present tense, a verb that does not follow the general rules of inflection

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  • But none of them left their sticks to help you through the irregular verb?

  • Two months later, Theodora was reading the Anabasis, while Hubert was still toiling over the intricacies of the irregular verb.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • The irregular verb sum is so important for the conjugation of all other verbs that its inflection is given at the outset.

    New Latin Grammar Charles E. Bennett
  • The verb substantive is generally dealt with as an irregular verb.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
irregular verb in Culture

irregular verb definition


A verb in which the past tense is not formed by adding the usual -ed ending. Examples of irregular verbs are sing (past tense sang); feel (felt); and go (went). (Compare regular verb.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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