Grammar Quiz: Regular And Irregular Verbs

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Grammar Quiz: Regular And Irregular Verbs - Quiz

If you want to improve your English grammar skills and have some fun while you’re at it, try this quiz on regular and irregular verbs! A regular verb follows a simple pattern to create simple past and past participle forms, whereas irregular verbs have their own rules for creating past forms. This quiz has questions of both kinds; your job is to pick the right form of the verb while keeping the concept of the regular and irregular verbs in mind. Good luck, and don’t forget to have fun!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

     We had just(drink) _______________ our lemonade.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "drunk" because it is the past participle form of the verb "drink" which is used to describe the action of consuming the lemonade in the past.

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  • 2. 

     When Joanna (run)_______________  into our cottage, she told us the news.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "ran" because it is the past tense form of the verb "run". In the given sentence, it is implied that Joanna entered the cottage in a quick manner, indicating an action that happened in the past. Therefore, "ran" is the appropriate verb form to use in this context.

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  • 3. 

    She claimed that she had  (see)_______________  the great sea serpent of Indian Lake. 

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "seen". The sentence is in the past tense and requires the past participle form of the verb "see". Therefore, "seen" is the correct choice.

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  • 4. 

    Before we could question her, she had already(go) _______________  on to tell the neighbors.  

    Explanation
    Before we could question her, she had already gone on to tell the neighbors. This means that she left or departed from the current location to continue with the action of telling the neighbors.

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  • 5. 

    The enormous sea serpent had been (speak) _______________  about often throughout town.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "spoken" because the sentence is in the past perfect tense and the verb "had been" indicates an action that happened before another action in the past. In this case, the sea serpent had been speaking about something.

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  • 6. 

    The monster was often  (write)_______________  about in the newspaper during that summer. 

    Explanation
    The word "written" is the past participle form of the verb "write". The sentence suggests that the person mentioned in the question has written something during the summer.

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  • 7. 

    I had almost(begin) _______________  to believe in it.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "begun". The sentence is in the past tense and the word "almost" suggests that the action of believing had already started but was not fully completed. Therefore, the correct verb form to use is "begun", which is the past participle form of "begin".

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  • 8. 

     Vacationers had hesitated to let their children go into the water for fear that the monster might devour them. For many people it had really(take) ________________  all the fun out of swimming.  

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "taken". In the sentence, the word "really" suggests that the fear of the monster devouring their children has significantly affected the enjoyment of swimming for many people. The word "taken" in this context means that the fear has completely removed or eliminated the fun from swimming.

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  • 9. 

    We rushed down to the beach, where a large crowd had (come) _______________  together. 

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "come" because it is the past participle form of the verb "come" that agrees with the subject "a large crowd." The sentence is describing an event in the past where the speaker and others hurriedly went to the beach, and upon arrival, they observed that a large crowd had already gathered there.

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  • 10. 

    Everybody was pointing to a long, black line on the surface of the water, which had(throw)_______________  the swimmers into a panic. 

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "thrown." In this sentence, the word "had" indicates that the action of throwing had already happened in the past. The subject "line" is the one performing the action of throwing, and it causes the swimmers to panic. Therefore, the correct form of the verb "throw" to use in this sentence is "thrown."

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  • 11. 

     It was only a few hundred feet from the shore. A person could have  (swim)_______________  to it in a few minutes, but no one volunteered to do so.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "swam". In this sentence, the word "swam" is the past participle form of the verb "swim". It is used to indicate that someone has swam in the past. In this context, it suggests that someone could have swam to the object in a few minutes, but nobody offered to do it.

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  • 12. 

    Some of the onlookers were sure that they (see)________________  the monster’s great jaws and lashing tail.  

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "saw". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the subject "onlookers" is plural. Therefore, the verb "see" needs to be conjugated in the past tense for plural subjects, which is "saw".

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  • 13. 

     “We should have (ring) _______________  for the police,” somebody suggested.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "rung". The sentence is in the past tense and the verb "should have" indicates a missed opportunity or regret. The word "rung" is the past participle form of the verb "ring", which means to make a sound or call by striking a bell or similar object. Therefore, the suggestion is that someone should have made a phone call or alarm for the police in the past.

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  • 14. 

    However, no one knew what our single police officer could have (do) _______________  about a sea serpent.

    Explanation
    The sentence is in the past tense, and the past tense of the verb “to do” is “done.”

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  • 15. 

    It soon grew dark and (begin) _______________  to rain.

    Explanation
    The sentence is in the past tense and describes an action that occurred after it grew dark. The word "began" is the past tense form of the verb "begin," which accurately conveys the action of the rain starting.

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  • 16. 

    Everybody (go)____________ home.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "went". In this sentence, the verb "go" needs to be in the past tense to match with the subject "everybody". Therefore, "went" is the correct past tense form of "go".

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  • 17. 

    The townspeople (do)_______________ nothing about the monster.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "did" because it is the past tense form of the verb "do". It indicates that the people in the town did not do anything else about the sea monster.

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  • 18. 

    The next morning the sea serpent was found (lie)_______________  on the beach.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "lying" because it is the present participle form of the verb "lie." In this context, "lying" indicates that the sea serpent was found in a reclining or resting position on the beach.

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  • 19. 

    It turned out to be a long pillar that must have (break) _______________  loose from a nearby pier.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "broken". The sentence states that the pillar must have been loose from a nearby pier, indicating that it was no longer intact or whole. Therefore, the appropriate word to fill in the blank is "broken."

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  • 20. 

    Someone with a paintbrush and a sense of humor had  ( give)_______________  the monster a ferocious head with glaring eyes. 

    Explanation
    The sentence is written in the past tense, and the past tense of the verb “give” is “given.”

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  • 21. 

    The perpetrator had even (write) _______________  along its side, “Captured by David Hudg—”

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "written" because the sentence is in the past tense and the word "had" is used, indicating an action that occurred before another past action. In this case, the word "written" is the past participle form of the verb "write" and fits grammatically in the sentence.

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  • 22. 

    The person doing the graffiti had apparently (run) ______________ out of either paint or patience.

    Explanation
    The word "run" is the correct answer because it fits grammatically and contextually in the sentence, as the rest of the sentence is in past tense. The phrase "run out of" means to exhaust or deplete something, which makes sense in the given sentence.

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  • 23. 

    From miles around, people (drive)_______________  over to see it. 

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "drove". In this sentence, the verb "drive" needs to be in the past tense to match the subject "people". Therefore, "drove" is the correct past tense form of "drive" to complete the sentence.

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  • 24. 

    The Greenville Gazette ( give)_______________  the complete story of the famous sea serpent of Indian Lake.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "gave" because it is the past tense of the verb "give" and matches the subject "The Greenville Gazette." It indicates that the newspaper provided or presented the complete story of the famous sea serpent of Indian Lake.

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  • 25. 

    There was even a picture that someone had (take)_______________  of it.

    Explanation
    The word "taken" is the past participle form of the verb "take." In this sentence, it is used to indicate that someone had taken a picture of something. The past participle form is commonly used in passive voice constructions or to form perfect tenses. In this case, it suggests that the action of taking the picture was completed in the past.

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Juliette Firla |MA |
K-12 English Expert
Juliette is a middle school English teacher at Sacred Heart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Juliette earned a BA in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Elon University (2016-2020) and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University (Apr 2023-Dec 2025). She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education, obtained in July 2021. Juliette possesses strong skills in English language arts, writing, editing, and literature study. She has a deep passion for working with young people and contributing to the education of America's youth in the classroom.

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