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In English we normally add -ed ending to a base form of a regular verb to make the past tense.
I worked in the garden yesterday.
You started the show a year ago.
He killed several spiders when he was in the cellar.
We jumped over a stream on our way to the forest.
They watched some sports last weekend.
Some regular verbs, however, form the past tense in a different way. Here are examples of regular verbs which have different spelling rules.
1. Love - loved.
We add only -d (not -ed) to the regular verbs which end in -e.
analyse, apologise, admire, agree, approve, behave, change, care, bake, argue, appreciate, bore, breathe, cause, charge, chase, close, compare, complete, like, decide, escape, force, guide, hate, hope, invite, live, move, manage, notice, owe, phone, recognise, remove, settle, shave, smile, snore, stare, taste, use
2. Try - tried.
We change -y into -i if a verb ends in a consonant and -y.
accompany, apply, bully, bury, carry, clarify, copy, cry, deny, dry, empty, fancy, fry, horrify, hurry, identify, imply, marry, multiply, rely, reply, satisfy, spy, supply, study, terrify, tidy, try
But: stay - stayed (verbs ending in a vowel and -y)
annoy, delay, destroy, enjoy, employ, spray, stay
3. Stop - stopped.
We double the consonant if a regular verb has one syllable and ends in a single vowel and a consonant.
ban, beg, chat, chop, clap, clip, drop, drag, fit, flip, grab, grin, grip, hug, jog, knit, mug, nod, pat, plan, rob, shop, skid, scrub, ship, skip, slip, snap, spot, star, stir, swap, thin, top, trip, wrap
But: fix - fixed, mow - mowed (verbs which end in -x or -w)
4. Permit - permitted.
Verbs which have more syllables and the word stress falls on the last syllable double the consonant.
comit, confer, deter, kidnap, occur, permit, prefer, refer, regret, transfer, transmit
But: 'enter - entered, 'offer - offered (the stress is on the first syllable)
5. Travel - travelled.
Verbs which end in -l double the consonant.
cancel, control, label, level, marvel, patrol, pedal, quarrel