English Verbs List (100 common verbs, conjugations, and examples)
This is a list of 100 common English verbs. It includes conjugations, as well as examples to help you see the verbs in context. You can practice by thinking of your own examples and writing them in the comments section.
The verb conjugations on this list are organized as follows:
present - past - past participle - present participle
For the present, I have included all forms. For example, "look/looks," meaning "I/You/We/They look" and "He/She/It looks."
Note: This list does not include modal verbs or modal phrases (can/could/may/will/be going to/would/would like/have to/ought to/should/must), but they are used in some of the examples.
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accept/accepts - accepted - accepted - accepting
"We're not going to accept their offer."
afford/affords - afforded - afforded - affording
"I can't afford this. It's too expensive."
answer/answers - answered - answered - answering
"I answered him on Tuesday."
appear/appears - appeared - appeared - appearing
"Leonardo DiCaprio has appeared in a lot of movies."
ask/asks - asked - asked - asking
"May I ask you a question?"
avoid/avoids - avoided - avoided - avoiding
"I've been avoiding salty foods lately."
be (imperative)/am/is/are - was/were - been - being
"We were best friends in high school."
become/becomes - became - become - becoming
"David became a lawyer."
begin/begins - began - begun - beginning
"It's beginning to rain."
believe/believes - believed - believed - believing
"He believes your explanation."
break/breaks - broke - broken - breaking
"I broke my leg."
build/builds - built - build - building
"This bridge was built in 2018."
buy/buys - bought - bought - buying
"Are you going to buy him anything for his birthday?"
call/calls - called - called - calling
"I'll call you tomorrow."
care/cares - cared - cared - caring
"I care about you. You're important to me."
change/changes - changed - changed - changing
"He changes his mind all the time."
check/checks - checked - checked - checking
"We have to check if the car is in good condition."
choose/chooses - chose - chosen - choosing
"Which one are you going to choose?"
clean/cleans - cleaned - cleaned - cleaning
"Are you cleaning your room?"
come/comes - came - come - coming
"Who's coming to the party?"
continue/continues - continued - continued - continuing
"Sorry for the interruption. Please continue your presentation."
deal/deals - dealt - dealt - dealing
"We've been dealing with a lot of problems this month."
deliver/delivers - delivered - delivered - delivering
"When did they deliver the package?"
depend/depends - depended - depended - depending
"It depends on the situation."
do/does - did - done - doing
"What are you doing this weekend?"
drink/drinks - drank - drunk - drinking
"Sorry, but I don't drink alcohol."
drive/drives - drove - driven - driving
"We're going to drive there."
eat/eats - ate - eaten - eating
"What do you usually eat for breakfast?"
encourage/encourages - encouraged - encouraged - encouraging
"My mom always encouraged me to do my best."
enjoy/enjoys - enjoyed - enjoyed - enjoying
"Are you enjoying the movie?"
expect/expects - expected - expected - expecting
"I didn't expect to see you here today."
explain/explains - explained - explained - explaining
"She never explains the reasons for her actions."
fall/falls - fell - fallen - falling
"Be careful. Don't fall."
feel/feels - felt - felt - feeling
"I haven't felt this good in a long time."
find/finds - found - found - finding
"My phone! Where did you find it?"
finish/finishes - finished - finished - finishing
"Have you finished the assignment?"
fix/fixes - fixed - fixed - fixing
"Have they fixed the printer yet?"
follow/follows - followed - followed - following
"He doesn't follow directions well."
forget/forgets - forgot - forgotten - forgetting
"I forgot my keys. I'll be right back."
get/gets - got - got (UK)/gotten (US) - getting
"What score did you get on the test?"
give/gives - gave - given - giving
"Who gave you that?"
go/goes - went - gone - going
"Where are you going?"
happen/happens - happened - happened - happening
"Hello? What's happening?"
have/has - had - had - having
"They're having a good time."
hear/hears - heard - heard - hearing
"Can you hear me?"
help/helps - helped - helped - helping
"I can help you."
hold/holds - held - held - holding
"Could you hold this for a minute? Thanks."
imagine/imagines - imagined - imagined - imagining
"I never imagined that the concert would be this expensive."
improve/improves - improved - improved - improving
"She's improving herself little by little."
increase/increases - increased - increased - increasing
"They've increased security at the airport."
invite/invites - invited - invited - inviting
"Did you invite Ian to the meeting?"
join/joins - joined - joined - joining
"They joined a gym together."
keep/keeps - kept - kept - keeping
"This is for you. You can keep it."
know/knows - knew - known - knowing (rare)
"We've known each other for 15 years."
laugh/laughs - laughed - laughed - laughing
"Why are you laughing? It's not funny."
let/lets - let - let - letting
"My mom didn't let me go to the concert."
learn/learns - learned - learned - learning
"She's learning how to drive."
leave/leaves - left - left - leaving
"What time should we leave?"
like/likes - liked - liked - liking (considered ungrammatical by some but is used)
"I don't like his attitude."
listen/listens - listened - listened - listening
"What are you listening to?"
live/lives - lived - lived - living
"Where do you live?"
look/looks - looked - looked - looking
"Look at this!"
lose/loses - lost - lost - losing
"I'm losing my patience."
love/loves - loved - loved - loving (considered ungrammatical by some but is used)
"I've loved all of her films."
make/makes - made - made - making
"Sorry, I'm busy. I'm making dinner."
meet/meets - met - met - meeting
"Hey, Freddie. Have you met Jill?"
move/moves - moved - moved - moving
"Could you move that chair, please?"
need/needs - needed - needed - needing
"Do you need any help?"
offer/offers - offered - offered - offering
"They've offered me a promotion."
open/opens - opened - opened - opening
"Who opened the door?"
order/orders - ordered - ordered - ordering
"Could we just order something for dinner tonight? I don't want to cook."
pay/pays - paid - paid - paying
"Who's going to pay for this?"
prefer/prefers - preferred - preferred - preferring (rare)
"I prefer tea to coffee."
prepare/prepares - prepared - prepared - preparing
"I'm preparing for a job interview."
put/puts - put - put - putting
"Why did you put your bag on the sofa?"
read/reads - read - read - reading
"What are you reading?"
receive/receives - received - received - receiving
"I haven't received any messages from them today."
remember/remembers - remembered - remembered - remembering
"I don't remember his name. Do you?"
see/sees - saw - seen - seeing
"We haven't seen each other in five years."
send/sends - sent - sent - sending
"Could you send it to me?"
show/shows - showed - shown - showing
"Have you shown this to anybody else?"
sit/sits - sat - sat - sitting
"Don't sit there. The chair is wet."
sound/sounds - sounded - sounded - sounding
"You sound sick. Are you okay?"
speak/speaks - spoke - spoken - speaking
"I was so nervous that I couldn't speak."
start/starts - started - started - starting
"The race is starting in 15 minutes."
stop/stops - stopped - stopped - stopping
"We stopped at the gas station."
study/studies - studied - studied - studying
"Let's study together at the library?"
take/takes - took - taken - taking
"The meeting took two hours."
talk/talks - talked - talked - talking
"Who(m) are you talking to?"
tell/tells - told - told - telling
"What did she tell you?"
text/texts - texted - texted - texting
"I'll text you later."
think/thinks - thought - thought - thinking
"What are you thinking about?"
try/tries - tried - tried - trying
"I've been trying to call them for thirty minutes."
understand/understands - understood - understood - understanding
"I don't understand the lyrics in this song."
use/uses - used - used - using
"I've been using the same laptop for over seven years."
wait/waits - waited - waited - waiting
"How long should we wait here?"
want/wants - wanted - wanted - wanting
"I want something else."
walk/walks - walked - walked - walking
"We'll be a little late. We're walking to the train station right now."
watch/watches - watched - watched - watching
"We watched a movie last night."
write/writes - wrote - written - writing
"Write your name at the top of the page."
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