verbes irreguliers – groupe 6

This group changes from the infinitive with ‘ow’ to the past with ‘ew’ and the past participle with ‘own’:

blow –> blew –> blown (souffler)
grow –> grew –> grown (grandir)
know –> knew –> known (savoir, connaître)
throw –> threw –> thrown (jeter)

for our memory, we could add these variations, they have similar characteristics:

fly –> flew –> flown (voler – oiseau, avion etc; piloter; prendre l’avion)
draw –> drew –> drawn (dessiner, mais aussi tirer)
show –> showed –> shown

Exercise.
Here are some popular expressions. Choose a verb from above that you think could complete them:

1. Pigs might ______ . (that will never happen)
2. Don’t ______ the baby out with the bathwater. (don’t reject the good parts of an idea or project)
3. Better the devil you _______ than the devil you don’t. (you might have more problems if you change your present situation)
4. Well, ______ me down! (exclamation of surprise)
5. I ______ the short straw. (When the tasks were allocated, I got the worst one)

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1. Pigs might fly . (that will never happen, in French, ‘quand les poules auront des dents’)
2. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. (don’t reject the good parts of an idea or project)
3. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. (you might have more problems if you change your present situation)
4. Well, blow me down! (exclamation of surprise)
5. I drew the short straw. (When the tasks were allocated, I got the worst one)

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3 comments

  1. Merci de prendre le temps de préparer ces cours, c’est très intéressant et pratique.
    katy

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