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The striking feature all these words share is that they all irregular. Unlike the vast majority of verbs, they do not follow a standard inflection pattern: I paint, I painted, he painted etc.
There are around 180 irregular verbs in English - a small fraction of the many thousands of regular ones. Irregulars punch way above their weight, making up 70% of the verbs in everyday use.
So how have these tricky customers evolved? And why are they so central to English?
Adapted from my post for the Oxford University Press English Language Teaching Global Blog
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