10 Most Common Verbs in English

Woman a book with 10 most common verbs in English

Do you know the most common verbs in English? We selected the 10 most common verbs used and, as you are going to see, they are all irregular verbs.

1. Be

Be is an irregular verb with many forms:

Present: (I) am, (he, she, it) is, (you, we, they) are

Past: (I, he, she, it) was, (you, we, they) were

Examples:

I am a teacher.

She was at the office.

They are pleased.

Were were playing a game.

Phrasal Verbs using BE:

Be On About – Saying something without the others really listening.

‘What was she on about?’ ‘I don’t know. I wasn’t paying attention’.

Be Up To – Doing something wrong.

What is that child up to now?

 

2. Have

Have is an irregular verb. There are three forms of this verb: ‘have’, ‘had’ and the present simple third person ‘has’.

Examples:

She has many ways of doing this.

They have a brother and a sister.

We had a great party last year.

Phrasal Verbs using HAVE:

Have Off – time off work.

‘I always have off Sundays’.

Have Over – receiving a guest at home

‘I’m going to have over a few friends this weekend’.

 

3. Do

Do is an irregular verb. Its forms are: do, did, done and the present simple third person ‘does’.

Examples:

I need you to do this job for me.

She does her laundry every weekend.

We have done a research about it.

I can’t believe you did this!

Phrasal Verbs using DO:

Do Up – make something look go.

She did up her style and looks beautiful now.

Do (something) Over – do something again.

This isn’t good. You have to do it over.

 

4. Say 

Say is an irregular verb. Its past form is ‘said’.

Examples:

She says too much and does too little.

Brian said he didn’t have time to talk.

Idioms using SAY:

That is to Say – In other words.

That is to say, we are not going to travel this year.

To Say Nothing of – No need to mention.

Your room is a mess, to say nothing of the bathroom.

 

5. Get

Get is an irregular verb. Its forms are get, got and gotten.

Examples:

You always get what you want.

He got it from me.

I have got new books (or I have gotten new books). In American English, the past partciple form gotten is more common than got.

Phrasal Verbs using GET:

Get Ahead – making progress at work or get promoted.

The only way of getting ahead is through hard work.

Get Along – to relate with someone.

My grandparents get along really well. They have been married for many years.

 

6. Make

Make is an irregular verb. Its forms are make and made.

Examples:

I will make dinner tonight.

Those shoes were made in England.

Phrasal Verbs using MAKE:

Make out with – kiss someone

Did you make out with that girl from your classroom?

Make up – invent.

Don’t believe her. She always makes up her stories.

 

7. Go

Go is an irregular verb. Its forms are go, went and the present simple third person “goes”.

Examples:

She goes to her English course every Monday and Wednesday.

They went to the movies last night.

I can’t go with you today. I have to study.

Phrasal Verbs using GO:

Go By – Pass a place.

I used to go by her house to see her.

Go After – Trying to win.

The soccer team is going after the championship.

 

8. Know

Know is an irregular verb and its forms are know, knew and known.

Examples:

She has known many students during her exchange program.

I knew that man since we were kids.

Do you know a good doctor?

Phrasal Verbs using KNOW:

Know Apart – recognize

The only people who know apart from us three are them.

 

9. Take

Take is an irregular verb and its forms are take, took and taken.

Examples:

Have you ever taken her to this restaurant?

You never took me there.

I have to take karate lesson to learn how to defend myself.

Phrasal Verbs using TAKE:

Take around – introduce

Don’t worry. I can take you around to those you don’t know.

Take Away – Remove

She took away those pictures when they broke up.

 

10. See

See is an irregular verb and its forms are see, saw and seen.

Examples:

Have you ever seen the rain?

I saw him last week at school.

Can you see me from there?

Phrasal Verbs using SEE:

See After – taking care of

Can you see after the kids today?

See Through – to provide support

Her parents will see through until she finishes college.

 

Learn more from Captain English about Irregular Verbs and Simple Past.