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irregular verb

The verb, "be", is the most irregular verb in English.
  a verb that falls outside the standard patterns of conjugation; e.g., "run" because its past tense is "ran" rather than "runed."
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  • The verb, "be", is the most irregular verb in English.
  • He’d hated it since he was four and his dad set learning the Latin conjugations for twenty-five irregular verbs as a "daily marker," but by the end of the day, Colin only knew twenty-three.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Her command was certainly more than adequate and—for me, anyway—actually enhanced by her small stumbles in the thickets of syntax, especially upon the snags of our grisly irregular verbs.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • All day in my room, under a weak lamp, as Popchik snoozed on the carpet by my feet, I spent hunched over test preparation booklets, memorizing dates, proofs, theorems, Latin vocabulary words, so many irregular verbs in Spanish that even in my dreams I looked down the lines of long tables and despaired of keeping them straight.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • I’m working hard at French, cramming five irregular verbs into my head every day.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Sophie felt that thinking about them was more impotant than memorizing irregular verbs.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But his faith broke down under the apparent absence of all help when he got into the irregular verbs.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I tried to improve my Latin and kept a list of irregular verbs in my pocket.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • So far the irregular verbs.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • During the years when I was riding herd for my uncle, my aunt, after cooking the three meals—the first of which was ready at six o’clock in the morning-and putting the six children to bed, would often stand until midnight at her ironing board, with me at the kitchen table beside her, hearing me recite Latin declensions and conjugations, gently shaking me when my drowsy head sank down over a page of irregular verbs.
    Willa Cather  --  A Wagner Matinee

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  • Tom, as I said, had never been so much like a girl in his life before, and at that epoch of irregular verbs his spirit was further depressed by a new means of mental development which had been thought of for him out of school hours.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • No American philologist, so far as I know, has ever deigned to give the same sober attention to the /sermo plebeius/ of his country that he habitually gives to the mythical objective case in theoretical English, or to the pronunciation of Latin, or to the irregular verbs in French.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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