Tag Archives: irregular verbs

have/has/had in use

This video will show you how to use the verb ‘to have’. As you know, it is a very simple irregular verb, with only four forms: have and has in the present, had in the past, and having as the present participle.

Some of you will already know that some English speakers use ‘have/has got’ for possession. It’s not quite true, however that ‘have’ is American English and ‘have got’ is British. I’ve often heard Americans use ‘have got’!

Please note that ‘have’ in the sense of ‘to consume’ or ‘to take’ can never be ‘have got’

I had a shower this morning. NOT I’ve got a shower this morning”

Verb: go, goes, went, gone

Good examples of how to use the verb ‘to go’. Hit the pause button on the video and repeat the sentences.

One more thing:

We use the word ‘been’ as a past participle of ‘go’ in some cases:

Have you ever been to France? – Es-tu déjà allé en France?

I’ve been to Italy, but I never been to France

This shows that the speaker went at sometime in the past, but the exact time is not specified.

Tyler and Sheila play a memory game to learn irregular verbs in the past

On nous a obligé de mémoriser les verbes irréguliers en anglais, mais est-ce qu’on est capable de faire une phrase juste avec eux? Voici un jeu d’enfant qui rend la tâche un peu plus facile.

Jouez avec Tyler et Sheila. Cliquez sur ‘pause’ à la fin de chaque phrase et répétez. Arriverez-vous à les tous mémoriser? Cette façon d’apprendre ludique et bien mieux qu’apprendre toute la liste par coeur sans savoir si on va les utiliser un jour! (“et cette troisième colonne, been, done, gone, etc, ça sert à quoi, déjà?”)

Si vous ne l’avez pas déjà, téléchargez une liste des verbes irréguliers triés en groupes qui se ressemblent. L’apprentissage et plus facile si on les regroupe ainsi au lieu de les laisser en ordre alphabetique

Voici ce qu’ils ont dit:

I went to London and I saw the Queen
I drove a black cab
I bought some souvenirs
I ate some fish and chips
I met the prime minister
I read a newspaper
I wrote some e-mails
I drank a pint of Guinness
I caught a cold
I lost my wallet
I took a bus to Camden Market
I gave some money to a punk drug addict
I had an English breakfast at the Ritz hotel
I stole the soap and shampoo from the hotel room.

esl conversation questions

verbes irréguliers en anglais comment apprendre

what we did last weekend

I like asking about people’s weekend on a Monday or Tuesday to start the lesson. Here is a typical dialogue, can you see what’s wrong with it?

- So, what did you do this weekend, Baudouin?

- I walked

Perfectly correct as far as the grammar is concerned. But to say, “I walked” doesn’t give me the information I was looking for. Me too, I walked. From my bed to the sofa.
Interested? Probably not.

Try this instead:

- so what did you do last weekend, Lancelot?

- I went for a walk in the countryside (je me suis balladé à la compagne)

- I went to a Lebanese restaurant (j’ai mangé au resto)

- I went for a drink with some friends (Je suis allé boire un verre)

- I went for a swim in the sea (je me suis baigné…)

- I went for a ride on my bike (j’ai fait du vélo)

So only one verb is necessary, “I went”. We can use this to describe many activities.
More about this another time