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Dictionary of English Irregular Verbs
For Authors and Students

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This reference book lists English irregular verbs in alphabetic order. Many such lists only give three parts: ride, rode, ridden. Often this isn't enough information. The verb shrink has both shrunk and shrunken. The verb rot has both rotted and rotten. The verb pass has both passed and past. What is the difference?

Many verbs have a passive participle: a beaten egg is an egg that has been beaten (passive). But for some verbs the equivalent participle has an active meaning: a fallen empire is an empire that has fallen (active). Some verbs have participles with both passive and active meanings.

Most verbs form their subject-noun by adding -er: the verb play has player. But some are irregular: liar, actor, glazier, guarantor, hangman.

The English verb isn't nice and neat. You can't just learn three parts and then work out all the rest through regular rules. Instead, this book lists eleven separate verb parts. Not every verb has every part, meaning that some verbs can't be used in certain ways.