Irregular Verbs: Cut Up Cards


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TASK: Matching

PURPOSE: Learn two forms of some irregular verbs

LEVEL: Lower intermediate and any above


This particular set of cut up cards offers two forms (Infinitive and Past Participle) of thirty most commonly used irregular verbs. The cut up cards are designed to support any ESL / EFL activity based around learning and practicing using irregular verbs. The cards can be used as a full set or by chosen groups to pre-teach or reinforce target irregular verbs needed for a listening, speaking, reading or writing task in the beginning of a lesson or check the material in the end of a lesson.

To teach groups of irregular verbs which your students are unfamiliar with, you might want to use coloured copies of the cards, explaining that the verbs of each category are colour-coded: Infinitives or Present Tense forms on green cards and Past Participle or Past Simple Tense forms on orange cards. To recap groups of familiar irregular verbs, consider making the task more complicated by using black-and-white or grayscale copies of the cut up cards, so that the learners could rely on their knowledge to recognise which category, Infinitive or past Participle, each of the verbs belongs to.

Use these irregular verbs cut up cards together with the following worksheets:

My Journey to Manchester (writing)

A Sightseeing Holiday In Paris (writing)

We Go In For sport Every Day (writing)

or any other worksheets and activities based around using irregular verbs and posted on the following page under Grammar menu:

Irregular Verbs (page)

Have more ideas on applying this worksheet in an ESOL / ESL / EFL / TEFL classroom? Share your vision with us – leave your comment and/or suggestion below!

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Please, feel welcome to leave your feedback, comments and suggestions!



  1. Nicole says

    Fascinating and ingenious!
    We are now rraeseching the different ways that teachers around the world teach these verbs, and yours is definitely one of the most ingenious.

    • says

      Thank you. I’ve used it for several years in all my gmrmaar classes and sometimes in conversation classes to get students focused on using irregular verbs in the present perfect and simple past forms. I hope you and others will find ways to use my game board often with your students.

  2. Lenny Camacho says

    This list of irregular verb cutouts is awesome. But, why weren’t “drink” and “eat” included on the list? They would also come handy when practicing.

    • says

      Thank you for your comment, Lenny (and for your suggestion, of course)!
      This particular list of irregular verbs was initially designed to match some of my worksheets (as listed above), thus it includes only those irregular verbs that were used in the activities. But “drink” and “eat” (and few other verbs that were not included here) are amongst commonly used IV-s. You’re right: those would be useful to practice. I think, I will revise this resource and post a fuller list of cut-up IV-s to match a wider range of teaching and learning activities.
      Once again, many thanks for your suggestion!

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