Project Paper


Simple Past Tense for Irregular Verbs: Where’s the exact rule?


Student’s Name   : Siti Nurhafizah Binti Mohd Noor

Matric No   : TGB100016

Date of Submission : 15th April 2010

Subject Course : TXGA 6103 General Linguistics



Abstract     1

Introduction         2

Methodology     4

Problem Statement     5

Analysis     7

Summary and Conclusion     9

References   10



      This study is conducted by selecting and compiling the regular and irregular past tense verbs found in the dictionary. There were 50 verbs taken for the study. The verbs were later analyzed and determined for its pattern. The verbs taken were transformed into simple past tense forms. Later on, it was observed that the regular verbs were written easily into past tense form, which is by adding –ed at the end of the word. Meanwhile, for irregular verbs, the past tense form change in a different way. The changes were confusing and if we take a look at the pattern of the changes, the rule for it is all over the place. Thus, the patterns are divided into six categories relating to the sound of the words. From the data, the reliable conclusion was made that there is no specific rule in changing the simple past tense form for the irregular verbs.   In advance, the possibilities of these patterns made could be use in forming the rule of simple past tense for irregular verbs in the English language.


      According to Matthew Mak (--) in his note book titled English Grammar, Past Tense verb is used for an action that has already taken place.   This means that the action has already happened in the past event. Since we were young, we were introduced to so many words in school and some words are confusing. When you learn English Language, for example, especially if you are not the native speaker of the language, you will find that words...