Irregular Verb Worksheets

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Whether you're making your own irregular verb worksheet or looking for one that's already done, you're in the right place. Below, you'll find activities to use and/or tailor to your students' own unique learning needs. Irregular verbs can be a bit of a tough subject for some learners, so having some great worksheets for practice can really help with the process.

Developing an Irregular Verb Worksheet

When you first introduce irregular verbs to your students, it will probably be within the context of simple past tense verbs. You might show them how "take" becomes "took" and not "taked," for example, and how you would convert "run" to "ran" and not "runned." That's because irregular verbs don't follow standard formulas for conjugating into the past tense form.

If that's as far as you've gotten, then your irregular verb worksheet should only include activities that pertain to past simple verbs. It may be easier to focus only on the past tense before moving on to more complex subjects.

With more advanced students who may already be working on past participles, you'll need to include activities that allow them to practice using the past participles of irregular verbs, as well as with the past tense.

Past Simple vs Past Continuous

Past simple vs past continuous

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No matter how advanced your students are at this point, try to include some easy, medium and hard activities on your worksheet, relative to how much they already know. You can use these activities as they are, or you can use them as inspiration to come up with your own learning activities.

Past Simple vs Past Continuous Tense

Past simple vs past continuous tense

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Past Simple vs Past Continuous Tense Practice

Past simple vs past continuous tense practice

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Easy Irregular Verb Activities

The activities in the following worksheet are considered easy because they simply require students to fill in blanks with specific instructions on how to do so. They can be made more difficult by requiring the students to fill in the blanks from memory (without using an irregular verb list or chart).

Irregular Verb Worksheet A

Irregular verb worksheet

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For a little more fun, you can also make a word search or cross-word puzzle where the clues are the base form of the verb, and the students have to either find or fill in the past or past participle form.

Medium-Difficulty Irregular Verb Activities

You can make any of the easy activities harder by taking away your students' irregular verb lists/charts and dictionaries. But the medium-difficult activities in the following worksheet add an extra challenge to the easier ones in the above worksheet.

Irregular Verb Worsheet B

Irregular verb worsheet b

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Hard Irregular Verb Activities

You can make any of the easy or medium activities in the above worksheets into hard ones by taking away the word bank, taking away the students' irregular verb lists/charts and dictionaries, and mixing in some regular verbs as well.

If you're teaching your students to differentiate between past simple and past participle, an activity like the one in the following worksheet is also very challenging.

Irregular Verb Worksheet C

Irregular verb worksheet c

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More Practice

For even more practice with irregular verbs, check out Activities for Past Tense of Irregular Verbs in ESL and Speaking Activities for Intermediate ESL. With the latter, "Whodunit" and "Amnesia" are both especially great for practicing past tense.