Here is a mind map of irregular verbs organised into groups (click on it to see it in full). We can divide English irregular verbs into three main groups:
Group 1: the infinitive, the simple past and the past participle are the same (eg, cut/cut/cut)
Group 2: two words: either the infinitive and the past participle are the same (come/came/come) or the past simple and the past participle are the same (buy/bought/bought)
Group 3: three words: the infinitive, the past simple and the past participle are different (see/saw/seen)
The second and third groups can then be divided into sub-categories. Putting them in mind-map form makes them easier to organise and subsequently to memorise.
Mind mapping is a great way to test yourself. Take a blank piece of paper and start a mind map with ‘irregular verbs’ as the central theme. Then draw three branches and write ‘one word’ ‘two words’ and ‘three words’ on the branches. Try to write as many verbs as you can remember, then check to see which ones you missed.
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?”)
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.
These two verbs can often cause problems for learners of English, even though they are not as common as a lot of other irregular verbs. They are both pronounced the same way, like the ‘o’ you can hear in ‘go’. Don’t let the spelling confuse you!
To Sow : French: ‘semer/ensemencer’
simple past: sowed
past participle: sown or sowed (both are correct)
You reap what you sow : On récolte ce que l’on sème
To sow one’s wild oats: jeter sa gourme/Faire les quatre cents coups
To Sew : French : coudre/faire de la couture
simple past: sewed
past participle: sewn/sewed (both are correct and pronounce like ‘sown and sowed’ above)