Irregular Verb Games & Activities

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Irregular verbs can sometimes be challenging and confusing, particularly for younger students. This lesson provides teachers with irregular verbs games and activities for classroom use.

Irregular Verb Games & Activities

While challenging, irregular verbs can be easily taught through the use of fun and engaging games. The games within this lesson have been specifically designed to get your students to think and interact individually and in teams. However, before using the activities in this lesson, it may be helpful to review irregular verbs with your students.

Irregular Verbs in a Nutshell

Irregular verbs are categorized as such because they do not follow the conventions of other so-called normal verbs. Verbs generally have three forms including the infinitive, the simple past and the past participle. For example:

  • Infinitive: play
  • Simple past: played
  • Past participle: played

Irregular verbs do not follow this pattern. Often times the infinitive, the past simple and the past participle may be the same word, as in cut, cut, cut, or a completely different word as in go, went, gone. Basically, irregular verbs do not use the -d or -ed ending for past simple and past participle forms.

Irregular Verb List

You can use the irregular verbs from the following list for the games and activities described in this lesson. Also, feel free to add your own or solicit suggestions from students.

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