‘He wents’ vs. ‘he went’ in English

by Jakub Marian

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English is a very simple language when it comes to the past tense. Every verb in English (apart from “to be”) has only one simple past form, no matter what the subject is, so we would say, for example,

He went to the cinema. (correct)
He wents to the cinema. (wrong)

This is true for every verb (apart from “to be”) and every subject. A few examples:

She had many friends.
The toy broke.
It arrived too late.

The verb “to be” is the only exception. It is “was” in the first and third person singular and “were” in all other cases:

I was ready.
You were there.
He/she/it was in the kitchen.
We were sure.
You were friends.
They were alone.

By the way, if you haven’t read my guide on how to avoid the most common mistakes in English, make sure to check it out; it deals with similar topics.

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