By now, the English language might be starting to get on your nerves. Especially when it comes to those pesky irregular verbs. Just remember, it takes patience but soon you’ll get through this stage, especially if you continue to read our articles on the different irregular verbs.
Remember past lessons – the formula for a simple past tense of a verb is (verb) + (-ed). Let’s put that to use again to help us decide if it is flied, flyed or flew.
IRREGULAR VERBS: USING FLEW
The simple past tense of fly is flew.
- The bird is flying over our garden.
- The bird flew over our garden yesterday.
- My sister will be flying to Paris for their honeymoon.
- My sister flew to Paris after their wedding.
But how do you remember that flew is the past tense of fly? Think of familiar words that rhyme with it!
- Anna flew to the hospital when her baby caught the flu.
- The screw of my school project flew the time I accidentally dropped it.
- My nephew flew to Japan for her birthday.
IRREGULAR VERBS: USING HAS/HAVE FLOWN
The verb flown is the past participle of the verb fly. Try to remember it in a creative way.
- If they were with Jane, why hadn’t she flown with them with her phone?
- The messenger told the villagers the Prince had flown his throne to be with the commoner.
- She called me a couple of days ago and told me she’d taken off the zone and had flown out to Mexico with the boy.
BUT WAIT A MINUTE!
How about the word flied? It has a valid usage in baseball, you know!
A fly or a fly ball is a baseball hit into the air. When the fly ball is caught by a player of the other team, and it is in bounds, the batter is out and the play is recorded as a “fly out.” The batter can then be said to have flied out.
Other than baseball, to use flied as the past form of to fly would sound really awkward, don’t you think?
These some easy ways to remember if it is flied, flyed or flew. Did you find them useful? Let us know in the comments.
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