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QT-ESL 65 Irregular Verbs Grp 3


In this episode we continue our intensive practice with irregular verbs. The verbs are in different groups, which makes it easier to memorize and learn them well. First there is a listen and repeat section followed by an exercise where the learner hears short sentences in the present and puts them in the simple past tense.

Doing this oral work is far more challenging than doing written exercises. QualityTime-ESL podcasts are intended for hard-working learners who really want to perfect their English.

The script of this episode is offered free of charge in the PDF file and is also found below directly on this page.

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QT-ESL Podcast No. 65 Irregular Verbs - Group 3

Hi! I’m Marianne Raynaud, and I’m here to help you improve your level of spoken English. This series of podcasts is designed to help you master English grammar through oral practice. For work on vocabulary and pronunciation go to our other series called “Your English”.

With irregular verbs we advise you to study their meanings in your own language and then memorize the infinitive, the simple past and the past participle for each verb. We know this is not easy, but your comprehension and speaking skills will improve considerably. To make learning less arduous we have put the irregular verbs in categories.

In this third group again like in the first two groups of verbs the simple past and past participles are exactly the same. This time they are formed by changing the last consonant to “ght” pronounced /t/. First listen and repeat the infinitive, the simple past and the past participle of these seven verbs that end in “ght” pronounced /t/. Here the vowels are also changed to “ou” or “au” pronounced //. Pay careful attention to the pronunciation.

So repeat after me.

to bring brought brought
to catch caught caught
to think thought thought
to buy bought bought
to fight fought fought
to seek sought sought
to teach taught taught

To practice some more let’s use these verbs in short sentences. I will say two sentences for each verb: one in the simple present and one in the simple past. Listen and repeat.

He brings a lot of presents.
He brought a lot of presents.
She catches the bus every day.
She caught the bus every day.
He thinks he is right.
He thought he was right.
She buys food at the market.
She bought food at the market.
They fight for their rights.
They fought for their rights.
He seeks to do good.
He sought to do good.
We teach English to foreigners.
We taught English to foreigners.

In the next exercise I will say a sentence in the present and you will say the same sentence in the simple past. Listen to the examples.

I say: He brings a lot of presents.
You say: He brought a lot of presents.
I say: She catches the bus every day.
You say: She caught the bus every day.

Now you do the same. Be sure to speak before I give the answer.

He brings a lot of presents.
He brought a lot of presents.
She catches the bus every day.
She caught the bus every day.
He thinks he is right.
He thought he was right.
She buys food at the market.
She bought food at the market.
They fight for their rights.
They fought for their rights.
He seeks to do good.
He sought to do good.
We teach English to foreigners.
We taught English to foreigners.

To finish let’s quickly test ourselves on the simple past and past participle. Listen to the examples.

I say: to bring
You say: brought, brought.
I say: to catch
You say: caught, caught

Now you do the same.

to bring brought brought
to catch caught caught
to think thought thought
to buy bought bought
to fight fought fought
to seek sought sought
to teach taught taught

That’s the end of this episode. The theme was suggested by my colleague Catherine Alhinc, who has made up the different groups. Visit www.qualitytime-esl.com for the script. If you would like more practice with vocabulary or basic structures try our other series called “Your English”. Bye for now, and don’t forget to keep smiling.

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