Irregular Verbs Exercise (172)

Choose the verb form that best fits the blanks in the following sentences.

  • At the end of the birthday party for my hundred-year-old aunt, we _____ all the balloons.

  • I hope you’ve ____ the best course of study at university.

  • We told the boys they _____ a good job of ridding the park of debris.

  • If you _____ a mile farther, you will find the restaurant you are looking for.

  • When we heard a gun shot, we all _____ for our lives.

Answers and Explanations

Irregular verbs, unlike regular verbs, do not form their past and past participle forms by adding -d or -ed. Although there are some general patterns for irregular verbs, it is best to simply memorize their three principal parts.

1. At the end of the birthday party for my hundred-year-old aunt, we burst all the balloons.

The principal parts of this verb are burst, burst, (have) burst.

2. I hope you’ve chosen the best course of study at university.

The principal parts of this verb are choose, chose, (have) chosen. Since the contraction you’ve stands for you have, the past participle chosen is used with the helping verb.

3. We told the boys they did a good job of ridding the park of debris.

The principal parts of this verb are do, did, (have) done. The simple past is called for.

4. If you drive a mile farther, you will find the restaurant you are looking for.

The principal parts of this verb are drive, drove, (have) driven. The present tense is called for in an if clause when the result clause is in future tense.

5. When we heard a gun shot, we all fled for our lives.

The principal parts of this verb are flee, fled, (have) fled. The simple past is called for.

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