Tense of verb indicates TIME. Past tense tells us that the action or state of being happened in the past.
Regular and irregular verbs have different ways to form their past tense. We simply add -d or ed in a regular verb while in irregular verb, we do not. We change its spelling.
This rule also applies in forming the past participle form of these verbs.
Using the lyrics of You Needed Me, can you identify the verbs in each line (if there is any) and after each sentence IDENTIFY whether the verb is regular or irregular? The first line has been answered for you. Answers are given below, but please do not look at them beforehand.
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You Needed Me
by: Anne Murray
1 I cried a tear (cried-regular)
2 You wiped it dry
3 I was confused
4 You cleared my mind
5 I sold my soul
6 You bought it back for me
7 And held me up and gave me dignity
8 Somehow you needed me.
9 You gave me strength
10 To stand alone again
11 To face the world
12 Out on my own again
13 You put me high upon a pedestal
14 So high that I could almost see eternity
15 You needed me
16 You needed me
17 And I can't believe it's you I can't believe it's true
18 I needed you and you were there
19 And I'll never leave, why should I leave
20 I'd be a fool
21 'Cause I've finally found someone who really cares
22 You held my hand
23 When it was cold
24 When I was lost
25 You took me home
26 You gave me hope
27 When I was at the end
28 And turned my lies
29 Back into truth again
30 You even called me friend
31 You needed me
32 You needed me
line 2- wiped -regular
line 3-was-linking verb (some might have answered was confused thinking that it is passive voice, but it
is not. Was is the verb, confused is a participle acting as an adjective. Thus, the pattern of the sentence
is Subject-Linking Verb-Complement(adj.)
line 4 cleared-regular
line 5 sold-irregular (sell)
line 6 bought-irregular (buy)
line 7 held up-irregular (phrasal verb)
line 8 need- regular
line 13 put- irregular
line 15 needed-regular
line 16 needed- regular
line 18 needed-regular, were-linking verb (intransitive)
line 21- Some might have answered found, but it isn't because the complete verb is have found which is a present perfect tense. So found here is past participle.
line 22 held- irregular
lines 23-24. Both have was as verb-The explanation is the same as the one in line 3.