Paradigm /ˈpærədaɪm /
is the name given to the three parts of a verb.
These three parts are:
the infinitive, the preterite (past simple) and the past participle.
There are four different types of paradigm, one for regular verbs and three for irregular verbs.
- For all Regular verbs the Past Participle is the same as the Past Simple. Just add ED to the base form of the verb. (Base form = Infinitive without to.) For example: Live, Lived, Lived.
- The Irregular verbs are not the same and we must learn them from memory. There are three types of paradigm for irregular verbs:
- All three parts are different. For example: See, Saw, Seen.
- Two parts are the same. For example: Sit, Sat, Sat.
- All three parts are the same. For example: Cut, Cut, Cut.
Here are the paradigms of 35 often used irregular verbs in English