These verbs are so easy that they are difficult to remember. You probably already know a few. And you probably make mistakes with a few others, just as native speakers do, especially kids. Here’s a list of verbs that are the same in all three tenses. And you might need to work on them simply because they are so easy. These are only the most common, but there are a few more uncommon ones.
bet—bet—bet (to wager something)
bid—bid—bid (to offer or propose a price for something that is for sale, as in an auction)
broadcast—broadcast—broadcast (to transmit by radio or TV)
burst—burst—burst (to suddenly break open or apart)
cast—cast—cast (to throw something forcefully)
cost—cost—cost (to require the payment of)
cut—cut—cut (to sever or to separate with sharp instrument)
fit—fit—fit (as an intransitive verb) (to be the right size or shape for)
forecast—forecast—forecast (to predict a future condition)
hit—hit—hit (to come against with impact or collision)
hurt-hurt—hurt (to cause bodily injury to)
let—let—let (to allow or permit)
outbid—outbid—outbid (to make a higher bid than another bidder)
put—put—put (to move or place something in or out of a location)
quit—quit—quit (to stop, give up, or discontinue)
set—set—set (to put something in a particular place or condition)
shed—shed—shed (to naturally cast off hair, feathers, skin)
shut—shut—shut (to close a door, a cover, etc.)
slit—slit—slit (to cut apart along a line)
split—split—split (to divide or separate)
spread—spread—spread (to distribute equally over a flat surface)
wet—wet—wet (to moisten with water or other liquid)
Practice to recall the meanings of the words:
her job last month.
Last year’s vacation
more than I should have spent.
It was his car that
They got rid of their longhaired pets because they
The shoes on sale could not possibly have
on his soccer team, and lost a month’s salary.
Last New Year’s I
some unreachable goals.
himself every time he tries to fix something.
I used to
butter on my toast in a particular way.
The child is crying because his brother has
Last night the parents
their kids stay up too late.
You shouldn’t have
on that painting in the last auction.
After the cat got
, it was furious with its human.
the whole tragedy live for the entire week.
He had his hair
in a new place and regretted it.
the envelope with a letter opener.
The dominant lions
out all the younger males last spring.
We didn’t win because the other company simply
I have always
lemon in my tea.
He doesn’t know how it happened; he claims he only
his eyes for a second.
a huge sandwich for lunch.
He should have paid attention when the TV
the storm yesterday.
This vocabulary will mostly be about present-day vocabulary. That means words that are being used – or overly used – in the news, advertising or in popular music.
Some words are easy to understand in context. For example, Donald Trump uses the word tremendous frequently. It can mean very large, like an elephant, but he never talks about elephants and their plights. He uses it to mean very important, and he uses it a lot. He likes to use it not only as an adjective, but also as an adverb and sometimes even as a noun. For example, he claims he has tremendous celebrity status, and that was before he became president. Trump also uses the adverb tremendously, especially during his presidential campaign. “I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously from 35 percent to 15 percent”. There is also a noun that is rooted in tremendous, tremendousness, and it can be used to describe the degree that Trump admires Russia and Vladimir Putin, he believes in the tremendousness of both. For the sake of Planet Earth, we hope that Trump will not prove to be an untremendous (adjective) leader.
Both can be testimony to surviving a toilet paper shortage and an historic Pandemic with money to spend on mugs & tattoos
They can ensure that you will never forget an 18th century Brazilian recipe: pão de queijo!
Mugs & tattoos can both show that no matter what our age, we have a plan
Or display love for your parents
They can give dire warnings
And celebrate our personal milestones
They show if we are questioners
Or proudly display our narcissism
They often proclaim political preferences
Mugs & tattoos often show who are favorite national heroes are
Tattoos have been around for more than 5,000 years. Egyptians, for example, used tattoos to differentiate between peasants and slaves, a kind of social branding. But ink art, which is what some fans like to call tattooing, has really exploded in the past 25 years. But not all of us have succumbed to this fad. And many of us who don’t have a tattoo have a favorite mug. Having a tattoo or becoming attached to a mug are not dissimilar. According to research, 60% of Americans say they have an emotional attachment to a favorite mug. And about 40% said their special mug was irreplaceable, and about 1/3 of those said they would be devastated if it broke. Personally, I think that most of these people don’t have tattoos. Mugs and tattoos are both an extension of our personalities, and both express the way we would like the world to perceive us. That is not to mention, of course, that those of us who have tattoos or mugs are often irrationally attached to them.