First the good news - all new verbs in English are regular. I photocopied the report. She faxed it to me. They emailed everybody about it. However, that doesn't help you to learn the approximately 180 irregular verbs which do exist. Luckily some of these are extremely rare but many others are very useful and you need to know them. So how do you learn them? One useful method is to note down new irregular verbs as you meet them. It is useful to put these verbs (or any vocabulary you want to learn) into sentences and learn those rather than the individual word. Which do you think is easier to learn? stick stuck stuck I stuck the photo into my album. Another good technique is to classify the irregular verbs into 4 categories. 1. set set set 2. beat beat beaten eat ate eaten blow blew blown throw threw thrown drink drank drunk sing sang sung speak spoke spoken wake woke woken 3. bend bent bent sleep slept slept spend spent spent bring brought brought buy bought bought teach taught taught have had had 4.
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