Past Tense Of Be, Past Participle Form of Be, Be Was Were Been V1 V2 V3

Past Tense Of Be, Past Participle Form of Be, Be Was Were Been V1 V2 V3

Past Tense of Be

We use the word ‘be’ very often in our daily life. In this post, we will examine the details of this widely used expression. If you are ready, let’s start!


Be is the simplest form of the verb. In the simple present tense, we use ‘am, is, are’ instead of being. The subject I is used with ‘am’. The subjects he, she and it are used with ‘is’. Finally, the issues you, we and they are used with ‘are’.

Base Form Examples

  • I am a student.

V2 Past Simple

The past form of the to be is ‘was’ and ‘were’. We use ‘was’ for the subjects I, he, she and it. On the other hand, ‘were’ is used for the topics you, we and they.


  • She was at home yesterday.
  • They were not good enough for Tomas’s position before but they are now.

Verb + Preposition IN List in English

Verb + Preposition ABOUT List in English

Verb + Preposition FOR List in English

Verb + Preposition FROM List in English

V3 Past Participle

The past participle form of the to be is ‘been’. It is used with present perfect tense and past perfect tense. It is the same for all the subjects. However, in the present perfect tense, the topics I, you, we and they are used with ‘have been’ whereas the subjects he, she and it are used with ‘has been’. For past perfect tense, ‘had been’ is used regardless of the subjects.


  • I have been a doctor for six years.
V1 Base Form V2 Simple Past V3 Past Participle
be was, were been
beat beat beaten
become became become
begin began begun
bend bent bent
bet bet bet
bid bid bid
bite bit bitten
break broke broken
bring brought brought
buy bought bought
catch caught caught
choose chose chosen
come came come
cost cost cost
cut cut cut
dig dug dug
do did done
draw drew drawn
drive drove driven
drink drank drunk
eat ate eaten
fall fell fallen
feel felt felt
fight fought fought
find found found
fly flew flown
forget forgot forgotten
forgive forgave forgiven
freeze froze frozen
give gave given
go went gone
grow grew grown
hang hung hung
have had had
hear heard heard
hide hid hidden
hit hit hit
hold held held
hurt hurt hurt


V1Base Form V2Simple Past V3Past Participle
keep kept kept
know knew known
lay laid laid
lead led led
leave left left
lend lent lent
lie lay lain
lose lost lost
make made made
mean meant meant
meet met met
pay paid paid
put put put
read read read
ride rode ridden
ring rang rung
rise rose risen
run ran run
say said said
see saw seen
sell sold sold
send sent sent
shut shut shut
sink sank sunk
sit sat sat
sleep slept slept
speak spoke spoken
spend spent spent
stand stood stood
stink stank stunk
swim swam swum
take took taken
teach taught taught
tear tore torn
tell told told
wake woke woken
wear wore worn
win won won
write wrote written

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