most common English verbs

  • ask

      • simple present

      • I usually ask my mother, "Where is my father?"

  • be

      1. We are being watched.(passive voice)

      2. We are being recorded.(passive voice)

  • become

      1. present perfect

      2. I have become more skillful in programming since I became a mentor.

  • begin

      1. past perfect continuous

      2. I have been beginning to learn English for ten years and I'm still learning it now.

  • call

      1. I called my mother yesterday. (simple past)

  • can / could (modal)

      1. I can be anything I want to be! (simple present)

  • come

      1. I was coming home from work when my wife called me and asked me to buy some bread from the store.(past continuous)

  • could

      1. Could you bring me that document please?

  • do

      1. I had done some work on my pet project before our daily call.(past perfect)

  • feel

      1. I had been feeling sick for awhile before I called the doctor.(past perfect continuous)

  • find

      1. I will find you tomorrow in the office.(simple future)

  • get

      1. You will be getting into the office by the time the meeting starts.(future continuous)

  • give

      1. My sister will have given me a nephew by 2021.(future perfect)

  • go

      1. You will have been going to the gym for three months by January.(future perfect continuous)

      2. If I went to the mall, I would buy some food. (second condition)

  • have

    • If I have an apple, I'll eat it! (first conditional)

  • hear

    • If I heard my son crying, I would go pick him up. (second condition)

  • help

    • If I hadn't helped out my friend we wouldn't be as close now. (third conditional)

  • keep

    • I was keeping my work station as clean as possible but it's still got some smeared butter on it. (past continuous)

  • know

    • I had known about their party before they sent me an invitation. (past perfect)

  • leave

    • I had left the apartment by the time my wife called me. (past perfect)

    • As I was leaving my apartment, my wife called me. (past continuous)

  • let

  • like

  • live

  • look

  • make

    • If I hadn't made dinner my son would be hungry.

  • may

  • mean

  • might

  • move

  • need

  • play

  • put

  • run

  • say

  • see

  • seem

  • should

  • show

  • start

  • take

  • talk

  • tell

  • think

  • try

  • turn

  • use

  • want

  • will

  • work

  • would

be (irr)

I was tired after yesterday's party.

I was being interviewed y-day for a new job. (past cont)

I was preparing for my speech.

I was being examined by my doctor y-day. (past-cont)

have (irr)

Ann: How was your day?

Bob: I had a [wonderful,awful] day

I was having lunch with my daughter. (past cont)

Ann:What did you do?

Bob: I had prepared my homework. (past perfect)

do (irr)

Ann:What did you do yesterday?

Bob:I did my yoga exercise in the morning.

Ann: What did Yulia do yesterday?

Bob: I don't know.

Ann: What does she do everyday? (present simple)

Bob: She is working. (present continuous)

Bob: She works everyday, like the rest of us!

I did the dishes.

I did my homework.

We did the laundry.

say (irr) something

Ann: What did you say? (past simple)

Bob:I said that the weather will be better tomorrow. (reported speech)

tell (irr) someone

Ann: What did you tell her?

Bob: I told her that we will leave at 6 p.m.

She told me that we can meet her anytime on Sunday.

get (irr) something/ someone

Ann: When did you get home?

Bob:I got home at 6 a.m.

I got a cup of coffee from the kitchen.

make (irr)

Bob:I made the decision to postpone my trip.

I made her happy when I [gave,gifted] her some flowers.

I made progress in learning the Stoic's philosophy. (Stoicism)

I made progress in learning Stoicism.

go (irr)

Ann: When did you go home?

Bob:I went home at 5.

Ann: Where have you gone?

Bob:I have gone to my mother's to help her.

I have gone to my mother's home to help her.

know (irr), knew, known

Ann: Did you know that you would win?

Bob:I knew that I would win the scholarship. (past simple)

Ann: How long have you known how to get to my [home,place]?

Bob:I have known the best direction to your [home,place] for months. (past perfect)

take (irr), took, taken

Ann: What are your feelings about the situation?

Bob:I took [the,this] situation too seriously!

I have taken an example from my friend and started keeping a diary.

see (irr), saw,seen

I saw that she is prepared.

I have seen her presenting a speech several times. (past perfect_)

come (irr), came, come

I came home earlier.

I have come to a solution.

think (irr), thought, thought

I thought that this will be simple.

I had thought that she would like this.

look looked

I looked into her eyes and I saw heaven. (simple past)

Bob: Have you been looking for a new apartment?

Ann:We have looked at a lot of apartments.

watch, watched

want, wanted

give (irr), gave, given

I have given her a kiss and she gave me her love!


find (irr), found, found

I have found this method quite useful.




feel (irr), felt,felt

I feel your pain.(sympathy)

I can't imagine how you feel. (empathy)

I felt happy when she moved to Canada.

I have felt sadness before.

try (irr), tried, tried

We have tried using a debate format in our meetings.

leave (irr), left, left

She left me with many memories.(poetry)


bring (irr), brought, brought

I have brought with me X.

I have brought with me a nice bottle of wine and a ribeye steak.

buy (irr) bought, bought

I have bought a nice rib eye steak.