irregular verb

Main Entry:  irregular verb
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any verb whose past tense and past participle are not formed by adding -ed, -d, or -t to the present tense, a verb that does not follow the general rules of inflection
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irregular verb definition


A verb in which the past tense is not formed by adding the usual -ed ending. Examples of irregular verbs are sing (past tense sang); feel (felt); and go (went). (Compare regular verb.)

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