Our series on irregular verbs continues with hit, one of the more commonly used irregular verbs and probably, the most wrongly used, too. To recap, irregular verbs are common verbs in the English language that do not follow the simple system of adding “d” or “ed” to the end of the word to come up with the past tense form. Some follow patterns, such as drink–drank, swim-swam, eat-ate, and run-ran. Some irregular verbs don’t change spelling but its pronunciation does, such as read (rhymes with seed) and read (rhymes with bed). The only way to learn irregular verbs is through memorization. That is exactly what we are going to do in this post with hit.
IRREGULAR VERBS – WHAT MAKES HIT SO DIFFICULT?
Hit is complicated because it does not change its spelling or pronunciation! It is hit in its simple past tense and hit in its past participle.
- Lloyd hits the ball. (Present)
- Lloyd hit the ball yesterday. (Past)
- Hopefully, Lloyd will hit the ball tomorrow. (Future)
Therefore, it is a verb which really takes concentration on to ensure you use it correctly. It can be too easy to simply add -ed to the end. Remember, in the past tense, it’s very wrong to say Lloyd hitted the ball yesterday so never ed!
REMEMBERING HOW TO USE HIT
One easy way to remember that hit is the simple past tense and past participle of hit, we incorporate words that rhyme with it.
- Please don’t hit my zit.
- Mary didn’t hit the bullseye even just a bit.
- The fairy let her magic hit the girl’s outfit.
Keep this tip in mind when learning other verbs that stay the same in its simple past and past participle forms such as cost, cut, put, and set. And always practice, practice, practice – it is the only way to learn the English language!
If you are looking for some extra help while you learn the rules, check out Grammarly.