101 Essential Verbs
Here is a list of 101 common verbs in English in alphabetical order. Where the verb is irregular, the past form and past participle are given.
agree: "Do you agree with me?"
argue: "They argue every night."
arrive: "What time does your plane arrive?"
ask: "He asked me a question."
be: "Were you afraid when you heard the noise?"
become (become / became / become): "He became famous when he acted in that film."
begin (begin / began / begun): "He began school when he was five years old."
believe: "Do you believe in ghosts?"
break (break / broke / broken): "He broke his computer."
bring (bring / brought / brought): "Please bring your dictionary to the next lesson."
build (build / built / built): "They're building some new houses next to the lake."
buy (buy / bought / bought): "I want to buy a new coat."
call: "Can you call me tomorrow?"
"He's called Robert."
carry: "Can you help me carry this suitcase?"
catch (catch / caught / caught): "I didn't catch what you said."
check: "The teacher checked his homework."
choose (choose / chose / chosen): "She chose the red jumper."
clean: "It took me an hour to clean the car."
come (come / came / come): "Where do you come from?"
cook: "She cooks every day for her family."
cost (cost / cost / cost): "What did your car cost?"
die: "When her dog died she was very sad."
do (do / did / done): "Did you do your homework?"
drink (drink / drank / drunk): "She drank a cup of coffee, then went out."
drive (drive / drove / driven): "You drive too fast!"
eat (eat / ate / eaten): "Do you eat meat?"
fall (fall / fell / fallen): "He fell off his bike and hurt his knee."
feel (feel / felt / felt): "I feel cold."
fight (fight / fought / fought): "Those two children fight like cats and dogs."
find (find / found / found): "I found £20 in the street yesterday."
finish: "I'll finish my homework after dinner."
forget (forget / forgot / forgotten): "She always forgets to bring her homework."
get (get / got / got): "Can you get me some apples when you're at the shops?"
give (give / gave / given): "He gave me a great book for my birthday."
go (go / went / gone): "They go to the beach every summer."
hate: "I hate getting ill."
have (have / had / had): "Do you have enough money with you?"
hear (hear / heard / heard): "I heard that she was ill."
help: "Can you help me?"
hold (hold / held / held): "Please hold the line."
know (know / knew / known): "Do you know how to get to their office?"
learn: "You need to learn all these dates before the test."
leave (leave / left / left): "I leave home at 8am every morning."
like: "Do you like sports?"
listen: "Please listen to me."
live: "Where do they live?"
look: "Look at this picture!"
lose (lose / lost / lost): "They lost the match."
love: "I love her music."
make (make / made / made): "She made a card for her mother."
mean: "What does this word mean?"
meet (meet / met / met): "Let's meet at the cafe."
need: "You'll need to bring your passport with you."
order: "Are you ready to order yet?"
organise: "I'd like to organise a party for my birthday."
pay: "Where can I pay?"
phone: "Can you phone me tomorrow?"
play: "They like playing football in the park."
post: "I need to post this letter."
put (put / put / put): "Where did you put the TV remote?"
prepare: "She prepares her lessons every evening."
read (read / read / read): "What sort of books do you read?"
relax: "She relaxes by watching TV."
remember: "Do you remember the time of the appointment?"
repair: "Can you repair this bike for me?"
return: "What day do they return from holiday?"
ride (ride / rode / ridden): "The kids ride their bikes every day."
run (run / ran / run): "We'll have to run for the bus."
save: "It's a good idea to save some money every month."
say: "What did you say to him?"
see (see / saw / seen): "Can you see the sea from your house?"
sell (sell / sold / sold): "They sold their house and moved to the countryside."
send (send / sent / sent): "He sent her some flowers for her birthday."
share: "Please share the book."
show (show / showed / shown): "She showed me her new painting."
sit (sit / sat / sat): "Please sit down."
sleep (sleep / slept / slept): "I didn't sleep well last night."
speak (speak / spoke / spoken): "I'd like to speak to the manager, please."
spend (spend / spent / spent): "We spent a lot of money on our holiday."
stay: "Where did you stay?"
start: "She started school last year."
stop: "The train stops at every station."
study: "We studied hard before the exam."
take (take / took / taken): "Can you take the rubbish out, please?"
talk: "They always talk in class."
teach (teach / taught / taught): "She teaches Maths and Physics."
tell (tell / told / told): "She told the students to study for the exam."
think (think / thought / thought): "What do you think?"
travel: "He travelled around the world."
try: "He tries hard at school."
turn: "Please turn off the TV when the programme finishes."
understand (understand / understood / understood): "I don't understand."
use: "What type of toothpaste do you use?"
wait: "We waited an hour for the train."
wake up (wake / woke / woken): "I woke up early today."
walk: "They walk to work."
want: "I don't want to move house this year."
watch: "She watches TV in the evening."
wear (wear / wore / worn): "He always wears jeans at the weekend."
win (win / won / won): "Did you win the match?"
work: "They work hard."
write (write / wrote / written): "I wrote ten postcards on holiday."
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