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10 TIPS HOW TO LEARN IRREGULAR VERBS

-             we can divide irregular verbs into 7 groups:

 

1)        Past and past participle identical with t: burn, build, send

2)        Past and past participle identical with t + vowel change: sleep, teach, lose

3)        All forms identical: cut, put, set

4)        Alteration of two vowels: win, bleed, read, meet, find

5)        Alteration of three vowels: begin, drink, swim

6)        Three different forms +n in past participle: drive, rise, break, hide, know

7)        Past is regular, past participle +n: mow, show

 

 

TIPS HOW TO LEARN THE VERBS:

 

1)        GROUP SIMILAR VERBS TOGETHER

- organize them into groups with similar patterns as shown above

Bring – brought – brought

Catch – caught – caught

Teach – taught – taught           …the pronunciation is the same too [o:t]

 

 

Sing – sang -sung

Ring – rang – rung

Drink – drank - drunk

Swim – swam – swum

 

 

 

2)        USE FLASHCARDS

-      You can create your own paper ones or use applications on the phone

-       Regular revising can help reinforce memory

 

3)        SENTENCES

-   Instead of memorising, use them in sentences, context helps


4)        TEST YOURSELF WITH QUIZZES

 

5)        DAILY PRACTICE

  • Aim to learn and use a set number of new verbs each week

 

6)        REGULAR READING

- Read books, articles, and other materials in English

-  Pay attention to the verbs in texts


7)        WRITE

-   It can be diary entries or short stories


8)        CREATE MNEMONICS


Mnemonics = techniques or strategies consciously used to improve memory, they help us learn and recall information

 

e.g. I drank a tank of water. – it helps you remember that drink becomes drank

 

9)        INTERACTIVE TOOLS

-  Play games, do interactive exercise that make learning fun

 

10)  MEMORISING

-  The most common technique, which is not recommended that much, but it may

work for some students

-   Just remember that it’s important to learn the right spelling as well as the

pronunciation

 

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY MNEMONICS THAT WORK? Share them with us in the comments below.

 

 

 

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