Download PDF

Verbs easily confused in English

Here is a list of verbs that are easily confused even by native speakers.

infinitivesimple pastpast participlemeaning
findfoundfoundget back something which was lost
foundfoundfoundedstart something i.e. a business
flowflowedflowedmovement of liquid
flyflewflownmove through air
hanghangedhangedkilled with a rope around the neck
hanghunghungput up on a wall
laylaidlaidput down flat
lielaylainbe down i.e.in bed
lieliedliednot tell the truth
raiseraisedraisedput up i.e. hand in the air.
riseroserisengo or get up
strikestruckstruckhit
strokestrokedstrokedgently pass hand over.
wind /waɪnd/wound /waʊnd/wound /waʊnd/tighten something i.e. a spring
wound /wuːnd/woundedwoundedinjure in a fight